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!
Starting 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.
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
His 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.
Impressive?! 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.