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to let you all know that today I had my portfolio review with the art director of Egmont creative and on top of getting really good feedback, I got into the Disney comic course I wrote about in my last post. I’m really happy right now. *grin

Classes start on Monday! Step by step, I’m getting closer to the resolution that made me start this blog.

Solamente quería escribir unas líneas para contaros que esta mañana he tenido mi revisión de portafolio con el director de arte de Egmont creative y que me han seleccionado para el curso de cómic Disney que van a llevar a cabo en conjunto con la Escola Joso durante este año, asunto del que ya hablé en mi último post. Estoy super contenta *grin

¡Las clases empiezan el Lunes! Pasito a pasito, cada vez más cerca de mis aspiraciones.

We are getting closer to February, by the way, and we all know that means Checkpoint! Aren’t you guys longing to see Ororo again? I am.


By Austin Kleon. Click on the image to go to his work.

Happy 2013 everybody. Shame on me, I confess I let the first 10 days of the year pass on purpose, because I wasn’t feeling like doing a “2012 retrospective” (2012 sucked, why remember it?) and my purpose for 2013 is the same as it was three years ago, when this blog started.

By Santiagu’s recommendation, the first book I’ve read this year has been “Steal like an artist” by Austin Kleon and the image above was in it. I found it really inspiring and I wish I had stumbled upon that altered sign two years ago because back then I gave up all my longings. I thought it would be the fastest way to finish my final project and to graduate from college. I thought that would be the best for my longings in the long run. The result, however, was that two years and a big depression later I’m still trying to graduate. I’ve lived with the feeling that I’ve given up everything for this project and the project wasn’t giving me anything back. My attitude prevented me from moving forward, I only wanted to quit and whenever I would talk to people “How are you?” would turn into “How is your project?”. Besides, everybody pretty much agreed that I should do “Whatever it takes to graduate” meaning “You need to sacrifice everything else”. The social pressure adding to the academic pressure, family pressure and my own pressure. I stopped training, I stopped going down to the gym, I stopped taking my morning walks, I stopped doing laundry. It was getting kind of ridiculous, right?

Two months ago an announcement coming from the school where I attended comic art classes shook my world. They were preparing a kick ass course together with a big Disney comics publisher starting January 2013 and passing a portfolio review was required to get in.

For some reason the news broke hell loose. I tried to convince myself that I didn’t want it but I failed. I didn’t have a decent portfolio to show so I’d have to develop one in the next two months at the same time that the deadline for my final project’s presentation was approaching fast. Who would be able to understand such a move as “One month before my project’s final review I’m going to give 50% of my attention to another time-consuming creative project in a tight deadline.”? Nobody, surely. I felt lonely.

And then I called home, tears running copiously down my cheeks. This might sound childish, as I’m well into my 27th year on earth but I felt like a lost five years old. You can imagine that at this point my parents were, after two years of listening me break down through the phone, ready to give me certain dubious degree of support. That was in November.

So I had to be fast. I needed a portfolio and I got to engage a friend who works as an Art Director in an advertising agency to be my second critical pair of eyes. During November and December I alternated long project hours with long portfolio hours, the stress was incredible and at times I was wondering “Why the hell do I put myself through this?” but they say night is the darkest just before dawn. And truth is that suddenly my project’s unofficial status went from “Stuck and terribly boring” to “Ongoing and kind of interesting” and my relationship with my teachers and tutors from “Total disagreement” to “Agreeable consensus” while the portfolio was also “Ongoing” and my mood and attitude were “Improving”.

Now I’ve got my thesis jury’s seal of approval to the design part of the project and I just have to polish it for the final presentation, which will most likely take around one month and a half. On the other hand, next Tuesday I have my portfolio review for the Disney comic course so I’ll let you all know how that goes.

There’s still a lot of people who make remarks such as “But, shouldn’t you prioritise your graduation?”, “Why waste time with a portfolio?” , “You might as well not get in the course” and so on. I just wish I could make them understand. But also my mum told me two weeks ago in the phone “I just wish you would have started that portfolio two years ago”. With the help and support of some friends and my parents I have been brave enough to make this decission and truth is that I feel way better now that I’m not leaving my longings unattended anymore.

There’s a second moral to this story, btw: Fuck people, call mamma.

Thanks for reading.

This is something we all know. At least theoretically. We all know finishing what you start is vital, it’s comforting, is engaging and bursts self worth. But it’s not the same knowing it and experimenting it because it is so easy to never finish anything we start. For many, if not for all, it’s a matter of whatever we’re starting not coming out as good as we wanted it to be because of the gap between our imagination and our actual skills. And still it’s the most important that we finish what we start, because it is when our work is finished that we can decide what we’re doing right and what we’re doing wrong.

I recently finished two illustrations and a comic script for a fanzine and I’m already hating what I did, but at the same time I’m so proud I did finish and now I can see where I’m doing mistakes. If I had never finished them, I wouldn’t know I need to find better narrative resources and rythms, that my dialogues are terrible and that everything I do looks better before colour/inking.

I encourage you all to finish what you’ve started and be proud you did so. And then, forget about it and start something new and finish it and so on. Cause that is already one big level up on the way to close the gap between your imagination and the results of your work.

And, this is the sketch for the next piece I’m going to be working on during thesis work breaks.

Mindmapping, yay! \o/

Let’s make it biiig, contributions welcome! I’ll make it grow through time with all of them. Come on, don’t be shy!

Keep it cool BD

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Today, as part of the studio trip I joined in Manila, we visited a place that worths being mentioned:

That’s the Holy Spirit Barangay in Quezon City, and it worths being mentioned due to their successful Community-Based Solid Waste Management program.

Long story short, the barangay (quarter) has managed to turn the garbage that used to litter the streets into a fabulous and very sensible community project: They collect the garbage, separate it into reusable, recyclable and biodegradable, and they reuse, recycle into artisan crafts and make compost out of the respective groups.

Parallel to this project, the barangay runs the urban agriculture project.  They themselves implement some of the reusable waste into planting pots, and the most important, teach people in the barangay how to do their own compost, and how to grow their own food.

Now some fancy images, of my property and authory, which btw I happily share with you all and invite to use them under a Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike CCL 🙂

Now, my point, kind of easy. This community project is very smart because:

– Keeps the neighbourhood clean

– Instead of doing it as a money expense, they do it as an income generating activity through selling of the artisan crafts, but most important, by selling compost through provider-customer agreements with different public and private purchasers all around the country.

– They generate at least 80 work vacancies in the barangay in the garbage recolection, selection and reclycling process.

– They have an educational program for the people in the neighborhood.

This people have been brilliant enough to not try sell back the garbage (in form of compost) to the people who haven’t got the money to buy it, that’s it, the very poor squatter inhabitants of the barangay. Instead, the sales are focused on those ones who have money and need to buy in big amounts, which generates income and with it, the possibility of offering works and educational programs to the neighborhood, at the same time that they improve the atmosphere and health conditions. Win win.

As a general concept, business and community helping build each other and selling a product to the ones who can pay for it (and who can really make a difference in your bank account at the end of the month) and giving it for free to communities for whom it will make a difference, is what I’m going for with this little article.

Anyway, if you feel like reading a bit more about this particular project, you can read it from #this short article# published by TAO Pilipinas.

Keep it cool 😉

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