Monthly Archives: March 2011

I’m not a big Lady Gaga fan but her style is just too hard to ignore, so I made some posters of her signature outfits—Matryoshka way.

Presenting, the MatryoshGa: Born this Way series!!

What can I say, Gaga’s a walking piece of art!


No matter what age group we belong to, we can attest that we grew up knowing Disney.  I’ve been living for more than two decades now but I would be lying if I say I don’t watch any Disney shows anymore.  Believe it or not, as soon as I open the TV, I tune in to Disney channel first before anything else.

You may not be familiar with all the present Disney films, but I’m 100% sure that you all know by heart the classics (some of us even have them on VHS tapes)–The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin (my favorite of all time).  The characters of these Disney films were already part of our childhood…and who made these characters come to life? Mr. Glen Keane, of course, the famous Disney Animator.

Glen Keane’s recent work is Disney’s 2011 movie, Tangled.  It surprised me more when I found out that he worked with his daughter (and conceptual artist), Claire Keane, in making this animation movie.  She was also Glen’s inspiration for making Rapunzel.

Claire’s amazing illustrations for Tangled are posted on her blog and based on her works, you can really tell where she got her talent.  Here’s a proof:

A time lapse video of Claire painting Rapunzel’s Mural at the Disney Art Department wall.

more of Claire‘s illustrations for Tangled:

Some sketches by Glen Keane:

I made a few researches and just found out that Glen’s father is also a famous cartoonist and known for the newspaper comic, The Family Circus.  This incredible talent really does run in the family!


Last month, I posted here my very first vector illustration.  My work gained good comments from my friends and family and these motivated me to do more.  I’m still a noob in this vector-thing so I searched for portraits that are easy to illustrate.  I came across this black and white photo of Mary-Kate Olsen in my files and I figured this would be perfect since the features and details in the photo are very defined, thus it would be easy to trace.  So here it is folks, my second installment of vector illustration.

Once again, sorry if the hair part is a bit crappy. Don’t worry, I’m working on it!

Light painting is a photographic technique that never goes out of trend.  Everyone can do it—all you need is a camera set in long exposure and a flashlight!  I’m not quite sure who started the trend, but two great artists, Gjon Mili and Pablo Picasso, already experimented with light painting in the 1940’s.

Gjon Mili is a known photographer for Life Magazine.  Even though he doesn’t have any formal education in photography (he was self-taught), he impressed a lot of people with his original photographic techniques.  Mili was also a pioneer in using stratoboscopic light to create remarkable photos.  Here are two photos taken by Gjon Mili himself in 1945, featuring figure skater Carol Lynne.  Her movements were traced by distinct patterns of light from the imbedded flashlights on her skates.

The photos were later on showed to Pablo Picasso and these aroused his creative mind.  Being used to holding a brush and painting on canvas, Picasso, tried to paint with flashlight or “light pencil” in thin air for the first time in 1949—photographed, of course, by Gjon Mili.

photos from LIFE

Whenever a new episode of Saturday Night Live is coming up, I always look forward to the stunning photos of their guest celebrities.  Each photo is artistically done and you see portraits of celebrities like you’ve never seen them before.  From a pool of photos, you can easily tell which ones are from SNL–striking colored plain background and artistic shots of celebrities.  The person responsible for taking such beautiful portraits is Mary Ellen Matthews,  a New York-based photographer.  She’s been the official photographer of SNL’s guest portraits since 1999.  For more than a decade, Mary Ellen Matthews had been taking portraits of famous celebrities every week–from famous hollywood stars and music legends, to influencial political leaders.

Justin Timberlake

Scarlett Johansson

Lindsay Lohan

Tom Hanks

Michael Phelps

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Jude Law

Emma Stone

Ellen Page

Anne Hathaway

Do you remember your science project in grade school wherein you make camera models out of cardboard toilet paper rolls and tracing papers?  Well, you can now make a better one–a DIY paper pinhole camera that actually works! These paper cameras can be downloaded and printed out, so all you need is a card paper, glue and an hour of patience.  With a 35mm film, and good lighting, you can go back to basics and practice lomography–just make sure it doesn’t get wet!


The Peyote Paper Camera by Corbis Readymech

Paper Pentax

World Pinhole Camera Day by Corbis Readymech


Images taken with a paper pinhole camera


more cameras here

learn more about paper pinhole cameras here



Aside from the artistic techniques used, another thing that I look for in a work of art (especially in a painting), is the story or message it delivers.  I love paintings that stimulate the audience’s imagination and creative visualization–just like the works of the modern artist, and one of my idols, Sage Vaughn.  He is known for his Wildlife and Wildlives series wherein his paintings feature  blithe images of children, birds and butterflies, contrasted with dark and morose modern backgrounds.  Most of Vaughn’s paintings show the loss of innocence of children as they become aware of the reality and madness the modern society brings.  He was once a heroin addict but Vaughn was able to revive himself and now spends his life as an artist, sharing his talent to the world.

some of my favorites from his WILDLIVES series:

from his WILDLIFE series:

Some of his recent works with Modern Multiples:

More of his works here.