Happy New Year, etc.

First of all, Happy New Year!!!

I can’t believe 2020 just happened. It just does not feel like we have really left last year though. It feels as if 2020 was not really done yet. It just wants to be a longer year than it already was. But I really don’t want to spend the first blog of the year ranting and complaining about 2020. I’m back here with some life updates, etc.

First off, I got myself a new iPad. It’s the 4th generation iPad Air. It’s really fancy-schmanzy and all coz I bought with it the Apple Pencil and the keyboard which also acts as a protective cover. So far, I’m really loving it. I bought it for the sole purpose of using Procreate coz I find that Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop nowadays are such an expensive scam. Since I’m already at ease with Apple products, why not just use Procreate, the much cheaper version?

Self-portrait created in Procreate and watercolor

Anyhoo, I’m thinking of creating some digital artworks with it, which I would like to mix with the old and familiar, watercolor. If you could see my new profile pic, I actually did the portrait sketch in Procreate but I did the soft-focus background with watercolor. I just love how the foreground seamlessly merged with the background. After unsuccessfully attempting to achieve this simple effect using Gimp, it is such a welcome respite to find how easy it is to do this with Procreate.

What else is new? Oh yeah, planning to update my online shop soon with some Filipino-themed birthday greeting cards. And I’d also like to mention that the Filipino-French association’s newsletter’s first issue for this year has just been published. Here is a comic strip that I did for the issue. Only people who understand the three languages that I understand can relate though!

Lastly, I would just like to leave you with a nice, heart-warming video of holiday greetings from some of the Pinoys and Pinays here in Toulouse, France, speaking in their respective native languages:

Thanks for dropping by, and have a good weekend! 🙂

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