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Monday, August 30, 2010

joe mateo

Pinoy animator bags Creative Arts Emmy

Filipino animator Joseph "Joe" Mateo bagged an Emmy award for Creative Arts on Saturday for a work he did for animation giant Disney.

Mateo won an award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for Disney's Prep & Landing, for which Mateo was the storyboard artist.

The award was given during the 62nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. on August 21 in Los Angeles, California.

The Creative Arts Emmys are under the Emmy Awards for technical and other such achievements in American television.

Recipients of the awards include behind-the-scene staff such as art directors, costume designers, cinematographers, casting directors and sound editors.

[source: Jerrie M. Abella/JV, GMANews.TV  ]

Who’s not aware of Walt Disney films? We lived and some of us still living in fairy tales brought by famous cartoon films, enhanced by good music accompaniment, dubbed by Hollywood actors and drawn by expert cartoonist. Who would believe that behind those artistic manifestations is a Filipino.

Joe Mateo is a Fine Arts graduate from University of Santo Tomas. Some of his famous works are Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Meet the Robinsons. He even launched his own comic book.

Take a look and be proud for being a Filipino.


Friday, August 27, 2010

Masamume Shirow

Masamune Shirow [士郎 正宗, Shirō Masamune] is an internationally renowned manga artist, born Masanori Ota [太田 まさのり Ōta Masanori] on November 23, 1961.

Masamune Shirow is a pen name, based on a famous swordsmith, Masamune. He is best known for the manga Ghost in the Shell, which has since been turned into two theatrical anime movies, two anime TV series, an anime TV movie, and several video games. Shirow is also known for creating erotic art.

Born in the Hyōgo Prefecture capital city of Kobe, he studied oil painting at Osaka University of Arts. While in college, he developed an interest in manga, which led him to create his own complete work, Black Magic, which was published in the manga fanzine Atlas. His work caught the eye of Seishinsha President Harumichi Aoki, who offered to publish him.

[source: wikipedia]

[see more Shirow art]

Monday, August 23, 2010

landscape [Roy Lessin]

this is an email from my friend belinda. she wrote:
A beautifully written poem that someone sent me... I really loved it and hence am forwarding it for your reading pleasure.

 Landscape by: Roy Lessin

Your life's like a landscape and God has the brush.
The work is in progress, He's not in a rush.
Each stroke has a purpose, nothing's by chance.
To see all His wisdom takes more than a glance.
Notice the sunbeams that shine on the dew --
Even the clouds can't keep them from view.
Look at the pathway that turns at the hill --
Its course will reveal what's next in His will.
The stream that's flowing with water so blue
Is bringing down blessings meant just for you.
The trees that are planted close to the stream
Will bring forth more fruit than you've ever seen.
The bird in the nest with mouth opened wide
Is just a reminder that God will provide.
Now look at the sheep in the meadow that's near
And notice the Shepherd that keeps them from fear.
He's brought them to pastures which give forth the best,
That cool and refresh, and keep them in rest.
The eagle above, that soars o'er the gale
Is God's way of saying, "My strength will not fail."
That part of the painting which now seems unclear
Will take on new meaning with each passing year.
So trust God to work in His own perfect way
And rejoice in the beauty He's painting today.

Bellinda D'souza
We ask God to give us everything so that we can enjoy life. God says He has given us life so that we can enjoy everything.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

smiling Ninoy Aquino

my little tribute to a great Filipino. i was browsing the internet and i saw just a handful of Ninoy images smiling. so i decided to draw my own version of a cheerful and happy senator. have fun:)

Benigno Simeon "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. [November 27, 1932 – August 21, 1983] was a Philippine Senator, Governor of Tarlac, and an opposition leader against President Ferdinand Marcos. He was assassinated at the Manila International Airport [later renamed in his honor] upon returning home from exile in the United States. His death catapulted his widow, Corazon Aquino, to the limelight and subsequently to the presidency, replacing the 20-year Marcos regime. In 2004, the anniversary of his death was proclaimed as a national holiday now known as Ninoy Aquino Day.

[source: wikipedia]

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

ninoy aquino [wip]

bien del rosario

today i'm featuring a classmate of mine from UST [University of Santo Tomas]. bien as we call him, was a silent guy who took his craft seriously. we sort of lost touch for a long while and thanks to the internet, facebook etc., i dug up some treasures this fellow is keeping. i found wit, novelty and humor. check out the multitude of characters he has created over the years. friends i say their "amazing"! so prolific [one of my favorite word] and creative. i've always dreamt of honing a character of my own, but bien took it to the infinite level. calling all Philippine tv networks, entrepreneurs, merchandisers etc. it's time to take notice of talents like bien. goodluck my friend - power to the pencil:D

find more of Bien here: |

Friday, August 6, 2010

arrogance and abuse

this sketch is a simulation of an incident that happened at the Philippine embassy in kuwait sometime last week where a young filipino lady got verbally abused by an assumed staff of the consulate office because of some silly parking altercation. sources say that the lady complained about her embarassing experience to the ambassador himself and she was summoned to hear her side of the story. as this story is being written, i still haven't heard whether justice was served against the abusive and arrogant man who shall be striked with unnecessary critism from kabayans like me. you don't deserve your post "sir":(!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

joey velasco [1967 - 2010] r.i.p.

he was a truly remarkable artist who dedicated the remaining years of his life serving the craft which he only realized in his 30s. he became a real prolific painter in a very short period of time. may you rest in peace.

Joey Velasco is a Filipino visual artist who dared to journey in a field, gingerly trodden by Filipino artists---religious art. His most notable piece is "Hapag ng Pag-asa" (Table of Hope), a recasting of the "Last Supper," where Christ shares a meal with hungry street urchins.

Having done 31 one man exhibits and 2 group shows in the past three years, the other works of Velasco had made the rounds not only of the gallery circuit but also of universities, churches and various groups here and abroad where they never fail to attract a crowd for their compelling themes bridging the celestial and terrestrial. He wrote the book "They Have Jesus" and produced single handedly three indie films. "Sa Kambas ng Lipunan (2006)," "Ang Lumang Paintbrush (2007)," and "Kakaibang Kulay (2008)."

Born in March 18, 1967 to Ciriaco and Adelita Velasco, Joey showed early signs of his passion for entrepreneurship. He took up law at the Ateneo de Manila but had to leave to be in solidarity with his working class parents.

He traces his catharsis and ensuing epiphany to a near-fatal illness that afflicted him four years ago. He underwent a major operation, causing him the loss of his left kidney. He was devastated. He slumped into a depression like being trapped in a dark, lonely, deep well. He totally withdrew from the world – from his work and social life – he avoided any contact with his friends and even his family – locking himself in one room as a total recluse. He prayed that God could throw him a rope for him to get out of darkness, and he was ready to catch it even if it was laced with broken glass. But instead of a rope, the Lord reached out through the paintbrush and he grabbed it. He finally saw light and new life.

His artworks haunt because they serve both as mirror and window. As mirror because the viewers see themselves reflected in the obras; as window because it opens for them a horizon. Velasco’s paintings mirror the everyday life in which a Jesus of a different culture is deeply engaged, but they also open a window such that when people see children with down syndrome singing lullaby to an exhausted Christ on a canvas, the viewers are invited to open that window and plunge themselves into the world of mild to severe mental retardation, unspeakable burden, but also of innocent and unsullied compassion.

The forty two year old artist considers himself just a paint brush being used by the Divine artist. He regards his talent as a gift from above. Happily married to Marie Queeny Puno Sunga for 13 years, he considers this transformative journey in art a legacy to his beloved children Marco, Chiara, Clarisse, and Marti.


Monday, August 2, 2010

charlie dizon

an extremely talented filipino artist whom i had the chance of meeting in kuwait. he's a laid back guy with a wonderful sense of humor who has a passion in mountain biking and the arts. get a chance to view some of his amazing works in his facebook profile. let's have fun doodling:-D

happy birthday coach perry ronquillo

practice 101

Sunday, August 1, 2010

caricature showdown 3000 on FB

join this cool facebook group that holds caricature challenges to pro and amateur artist. i'm already in:-D
caricature showdown 3000 on FB

giant photo mosaic for Cory

A 250-by-200-foot photo mosaic of the late President Cory Aquino is unfurled at the Quirino Grandstand on Saturday for her 1st death anniversary. [Danny Pata]
President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay look at the giant photo mosaic of the late President Corazon Aquino that was unfurled at the Quirino Grandstand on Saturday. [Mark D. Merueñas]

Despite rains, Noynoy leads unfurling of giant photo mosaic for Cory. read more...