Q is for Quarantine

Scrolling down my timeline on a mundane Friday night, I found a post that jolted me awake and excited me so much that I reached out to this friend who I have not talked to for more than 10 years to congratulate her on the release of her children’s book, Q is for Quarantine. EJ Nitura, the writer and I are both from the same school in Grade School and High School. We became friends in freshman year of High School because of a band that we were forming and our common love of writing. We both dreamed of being published one day.

So, imagine my surprise and joy when she announced this on Facebook. Not only did she publish, but she was part of the team that created a book that was relevant and meaningful in our present time. Q is for Quarantine is a book that was born out of a need to explain to a little child, Milo what the current situation is all about. The mom, Gita Luz, who spearheaded this operation, wanted a book that would make kids understand our current situation to children. She is a mom of the inspiration for the book, Milo.

The inspiration for the book, cute little Milo

That is when the story took flight. A core team of artists and writers took to the project and worked on it for 2-3 months of production. Such production speed also shows the necessity and the passion that the team had for this book to be able to reach kids age 3-8 and explain to them why suddenly the world changed and why they have to wear masks and social distance. This is a good and fun way to be able to reach those little curious minds and give them the information they need in a way that they could understand.

Creation in progress:
Gita Luz, EJ Nitura, Michelle,Pascual Czari Dy, and Arbee Bagabaldo in a SOCIALLY DISTANT MEETING about the book showing that we can create in all kinds of situations

The illustrations were done by many illustrators from around the globe which gave the book a unique flair. The books characters include all kinds of kids and colorful illustrations that spell inclusiveness and universality. It not only explains the situation but also gives the children lessons about diversity in both race and gender and tells them that we are all in this together.

The Q team creating while in Quarantine is DEFINITELY POSSIBLE

The book was completely done through many zoom meetings and it proves that we can get together to create and things are possible to happen even in difficult situations like the global pandemic. This truly is one of the most encouraging things I have ever seen come out of this time.

Gavin, EJ’s Daughter reading the book

CONGRATULATIONS to THE Q is for Quarantine team! So proud of you, EJ!!
Check them out and you can buy the book HERE

The Likhaya #DTIYS Contest

I do not normally do the Draw-this-in-your-style things that are rampant in Art Twitter and Instagram. I have done a few, but not many. But I chanced upon this that was recommended to me by a friend who is also an artist from Doodle ni Maria. She showed me her entry and I was excited to do this one. This is a redraw of an original collaboration by Shane Salcedo and Sofia Andres for The Lakambini.


The art competition encourages every Filipina Artist to practice her craft and be creative. I do love the fact that I get to empower Filipinas with my art and draw interesting figures.

I admit the whole piece was a bit of a challenge, especially the hands for the lady with the bilao. I also did not like the headwrap, but I had fun with this. I learned about my figure style and learned that these paintings need more room! I need to use bigger paper for these. I did this in my baohong sketchbook.

Even if I do not win the contest, I do love this piece. More power to the Filipina Artists!

Featured Artist: Blue Prince

BlueprinceStarting this month, I will be featuring favorite deviants to give props to the amazing artists I discover online. This month I am starting with a guy who truly is a humble, and amazing artist who really shows that it is not the material that matter but who holds the material that matters.

I found him in facebook, we became friends through a drawing group. We were both Filipino and I was initially impressed by his manga art. Then, I found out that he does realism and that just wowed me. I was so impressed that I requested him to do an art for me and he did so willingly. He is a dedicated artist and what really struck me was his humility and simplicity even when people praise his art.

The Artist

His name is Marc John Israel aka Blue Prince 312,  23 years old from Tubigon, Bohol, Philippines. He only finished high school since they were poor. He got started with art at a very young age, when he was young, they had a school project and he drew something, but it was so good that no one believed that he drew it so he quit art for a while. During 4th grade, his teacher gave him a notebook with the Beatified Pedro Calunsod as the cover. He copied it and gave it to his dad as a present – that was his first portrait. He started drawing again after he met Ramilo Bustalinio, a good friend and an artist himself and this guy encouraged him to draw again. And finally during his junior year in High School his Drafting professor noticed his work and said:

Kayong lahat! Tumingin kayo dito! Ito ang gawa ng isang AGILA! Sa isang flap lang ng kanilang pakpak malayo na agad mararating nila,, hindi katulad niyo kayo ung mga MAYA ,, kelangan niyo pa ipagaspas ng maraming beses ang mga pakpak nyu bago kau makarating sa puno, tandaan nyu yan!” 

Translation:  Everyone! Look here! This is a work of an eagle, with one flap of their wings he can go far. Unlike you little Maya Birds, you need to flap your wings many times to get to the tree. REMEMBER THAT!

This inspired Blue Prince to do better and to draw more and learn more to perfect his art.

On His Art


270033_498674036820281_1018679846_nHis main mediums are pencils, latex paint and wax crayons. Lately he has been diving into the world of oil and acrylic painting. I was impressed that he was using ordinary wax crayons to do his art. He said that he learned after he got a box of 64 Crayons from a teacher who asked him to illustrate some story books for him.

He never had formal training, he said. He only learned from experience and used crayons gently to create his work.

I couldn’t believe it actually when he had created the following art with CRAYONS.

Rain in Crayon  Click for DA Link
Rain in Crayon
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by Blue Prince 312

by Blueprince213
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enrique_iglesias_by_blueprince312-d66qf4rImpressive?! It sure is. He does this art to help his family too.  He works as a simple artist to provide for his family. And that inspires him. He also has a goal to become better and better. He also has fun in what he does so it really is a dream job for him. He advises everyone to just have fun and to keep on going with their passion for art.

I believe he really shows that its not the materials but the passion that makes the art. He makes art from the simplest of materials and everything he does seems like a masterpiece. He is truly an inspiration.

Blue Prince does commissions.  Contact him in his facebook : https://www.facebook.com/blueprince312
or at Deviantart: blueprince312.deviantart.com