Family is Everything

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon   Our greatest inspiration in life is our family—parents, siblings, wife, husband, niece and nephews even our grandparents. Not only the biological family but also true More »

Flower Pattern and Mandala in Sweet Potato

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon   Few days ago I crave to eat sweet potatoes cooked in coconut milk with sugar and jackfruit meat. While chopping the sweet potatoes (Camote in More »

Understanding People

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon   When looking at people is like trying to look at a pair of slipper with hundred varieties of style and of color. All look similar More »

Forgive Others for not Being Kind

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon    To understand people of how they act and misbehave is the kindest thing we do to ourselves. I repeat, it is the kindest and most beautiful More »

Continue that Dream! Happy 2017!

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon     Life without a dream is nothing! It is the fire that keep us going. It gives life to the soul. It is the breath of More »

Small Note

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon   While going to the vet clinic to pick-up my rescued cat after his neuter, a man approached us with his small note written “Apology for More »

Smile Don’t Cost a Thing

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon “Good morning ma’am,” the lady security guard says to the staffs of women who pass by at the x-ray security machine at the entrance of a More »

“Seeking for an Answer”-Personal Experiences about Religion

Written and Posted by: Margie Babon   It is not a surprise to me if some people hate me for what I am writing about religion and cannot accept some ideas that More »

Usual Unusual

Written and Posted By: Margie Babon   It was 12th of February, Friday after office during rushed hour where traffic is so heavy and commuting is such a burden.  It is so More »

Real, True, and Pure

Written and posted by: Margie Babon   Be blessed when you are able to find real, true, honest, and pure people. They are very seldom to find and rare to come into More »

Category Archives: Sketching, Drawing and Illustration

Filling The Gap, Part 2

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

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To spend an out-of-town vacation is a wonderful time to experience and see new things, new places and new scenery. This is also a great opportunity to record what is interesting and fascinates you either by taking photograph or by quick sketching.

A month ago, me and my sister’s family spent few days in a place with a spectacular view of Taal Lake called Balai Isabel located in Talisay, Batangas. A resort filled with a lot of greeneries, fruit-bearing tress, beautiful landscape and other amenities like swimming pool, basketball court, etc. Not only for family getaway but offers large conferences hall, open spaces and large gazebos for group team-building, workshop and conferences. Aside from beautiful lodging structures in a Bali style influence and ornamental Muslim façade, you can find old style Catholic Church in the midst of an inviting park and landscape.

After jogging in the morning and taking a swim in the evening or afternoon, the in-between hours after lunch or before lunch is my adventure time to go around. Aside from practice, these quick sketches are good souvenir of Balai Isabel. What I find sad in this place, you have a great view of the Taal volcano and the lake and you can walk along the sandy coast but no one can go for a swim, the black water of the lake is so dirty and polluted and smells bad. Though there are jet ski and kayak that you can rent, the polluted lake is uninviting to go for a ride.

Since I forgot to bring home my watercolor field kit and left it at the office, what I only have are few pastel pencils.  And because it was my first time to use the pastel pencil, I create new experiences of lessons and character of the medium.

While sitting on the grass and on the road curb and standing for few minutes, these are the sketches that complete my vacation in a total wonder.

Enjoy!

 

Medium rise lodging houses with tall coconut tree at the back.

 

 

Beautiful fern attached to a tree in muted colors grab my attention at 10am.

 

 

Beautiful flowers like this can be found hanging on trees, arbor and roof eaves.

 

 

This plant resembles into a small banana tree which was so cute to make a sketch.

 

 

Church in plain concrete facade without any paint at all to make it look like an old structure.

 

 

A bench swing that I find my sketch quite huge for the size of the paper.

 

 

A hidden pocket garden with wooden bridge, aquatic landscape, koi fish and a traditional gazebo in traditional Filipino style of nipa palm and cogon grass which is so lovely to record and stare at. While making a quick sketch of this amenities, there is an on-going team building in the larger part of the gazebo and people can’t avoid to look at what I’m doing every time they pass the entrance where I am standing at.

 

 

Vew of Taal Lake and volcano from the floating restaurant.

 

 

Room 101 in Orchard Lane was where we stay for three days.

 

 

“Lost time is never found again” –Benjamin Franklin

 

Related Post:

Filling the Gap, Part 1

 

 

About 

Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.

 

Divine Faces

Posted and Written By: Margie Babon

 

A woman at the market selling carrots. Thick lips matching her round nose and big eyes.

 

“Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?” – Pablo Picasso

 

Human faces are the most interesting subject and wonderful to look at. The composition of the face with the different shapes of the nose, beautiful eyes, thin and thick lips, cheek bone, chins etc. showing not only the appearance but also the age, status and a reflection of a  character.  Faces are expressing emotions more than words. The composition of face is meaningful beyond its form which makes it divine.

Sketching from my memory of different people that I have seen and encounter within the day is a good practice to enhance my memory aside from the speed of my hands sketching the lines base on what I remember. Aside it stirs my creative mind to level up and keep on running, sketching is a therapy for me. I feel more relax after doing it. Often, it is the shape that strikes me the most.

What I learn from sketching practice, I start appreciating more of the different faces. Different faces have different individuality, no such alike.

I would say, there is no such thing as ugly face, every faces has different uniqueness, has its own beauty. What I also notice, a smile and laughter can make a person beautiful and lovely to look at. A beautiful smile can wipe out a bad mood; a lovely and natural smile makes human faces so soft to stare at.  Human faces  reflect a smile that is coming from the heart.

And the most important lesson in sketching faces, I learn that giving a smile to a stranger is giving appreciation that not everyone could afford to.

I hope you will get inspired and enjoy my quick sketches of faces. The next time you go out of your house, you become more aware of the different composition of human faces! You appreciate more of the beautiful and divine faces!

 

Teenage boy that has female looks. His black & red eye contacts trap my attention while his love for wearing red color makes me wonder if he is really a boy or just in fashion for Halloween.

 

Some female faces has a lot of male looks like this woman.

 

Another face with a narrow forehead.

 

Narrow forehead of a woman with a zigzag hair line captures my attention this afternoon. people with narrow forehead have eyes really close to the nose as well as eye brows.

 

“The human face is the organic seat of beauty. It is the register of value in development, a record of Experience, whose legitimate office is to perfect the life, a legible language to those who will study it, of the majestic mistress, the soul.” – Eliza Farnham

 

Aside from her purple lips and highlighted hair which are secondary points in composing her face, it is her triangle nose which attracted me most as the main subject. It is like a puzzle of a triangle shape put on her face at any time you can remove.

 

She doesn’t like red! Old Korean woman in her hippy style of wearing red eye glasses and checkered scarf wrap around her neck pair with checkered red hat caught my attention.

 

Man with cigar. The shape of his lips correlate with the direction of the eyes even the eye brow.

 

“A man finds room in the few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history; and his wants.”  –Ralph Waldo Emerson, Conduct of Life

 

When I grow old, will I only draw my eye brow? How does a red lipstick looks on me at age more than 60. Some questions popping in my thoughts every time I see an old woman like what I sketch today that appears to me at the grocery store. Silently giving her more strength and love.

 

“Some people no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty—they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.” –Martin Buxbaum

 

White hair, white eye brow and white beard captures my attention before going home of this old man buying a cigar.

 

“After a certain number of years, our faces become our biographies.” -Cynthia Ozick, The Paris Review

 

Old woman with a cleft chin captures my attention going home. I could say in her younger years she is beautiful. What I notice with really old men and women, their eyes become smaller. It is like going back to infant days where eyes are small.

 

Man with small eyes and beard covering half of the face. What capture my attention today are men in different style of beard and mustache.

 

“A man without a mustache is like a tea without sugar.”  –English Saying

 

I really like color blue so when I spot a man wearing blue turban while walking in front of the auditorium hallway, he easily caught my attention.

 

Another eyes so Japanese! This took me so long, figuring out how to show his smile. What I notice, men in thinner hair expose more of square faces. Easy to see and trace corner and shapes.

 

“There’s nothing as significant as a human face. Nor as eloquent. We can never really know another person, except by our first glance at him. Because, in that glance, we know everything. Even though we’re not always wise enough to unravel the knowledge.”  Ayn Rand  

 

Big nostril and really pointed nose emphasize distinct shapes that I can easily trace and draw while composing the face of this foreign man.

 

“The face is more honest than the mouth will ever be.” –Daphne Orebaugh

 

Looking at the woman on the right side, I only see tall nose and lips, full bangs is covering her eyes.

 

Old man at the supermarket with oblong shape of the face even the ears.

 

Woman at the bank. Composition of face are all circle.

 

Really fat teenage girl that I cannot trace where is the forehead and neck.

 

“It is the common wonder of all men, how among so many millions of faces, there should be non alike.” –Thomas Browne, Religio Medici

 

Lovely simple face of a Muslim woman wearing orange floral scarf wrap around her head and almost covering her face is attention catching in public places.

 

“There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls.” - Sir Thomas Browne

 

Cute little girl with curly hair grab my attention this afternoon. Her round eyes so lovely and adoring makes her more beautiful.

 

Beautiful black girl along the hallway with curly thick and black short hair contrast the red eye glasses that makes her more beautiful.

 

A man’s face is his autobiography. A woman’s face is her work of fiction. –Oscar Widle

 

Cashier with colorful eye shadow. Upon seeing the woman, it feels like I am at the circus or in a colorful parade at early morning.

 

A woman smiling at her friend. Actually, it is her bandana-cap that captures my attention.

 

Really tall nose captures my attention of this pretty woman.

 

“There’s nothing more interesting than the landscape of the human face.” – Irvin Kershner

 

This took me so long to figure out her big nose which capture my attention this afternoon while waiting for the next station.

 

A commuter falling asleep after looking at her mobile phone. Her round nose and medium size lips flaunt her native beauty.

 

“Compassion is contempt with a human face.” –John McCarthy

 

This girl keep on smiling to her friends showing her pink braces.

 

“I’ve never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.” - Author Unknown

 

A woman at Starbucks with pointed nose captures my attention this afternoon. Her side view face is a shape of a triangle.

 

“What do you think is the world’s most recognizable container of information? It’s the human face. We are constantly reading each other and responding.” -Jan Chipchase

 

 

About the Author

Margie Babon was given a privilege to become a wildlife photographer in 2006 that let her choose to be a vegetarian for seven years now. Has background in film making as a producer and researcher on the plight of Agta-Dumagat documentary film Children of the Mountains that garnered the 2005 Mark Haslam Awardee  in Toronto, Canada. Sharing her passion in photography, drawing & creative writing  is a great opportunity to express her wisdom which is beyond academic teaching career for more than five years in College of Architecture and School of Fine Arts.

 

 

Seeing the World in Curval and Linear

Posted by: Margie Babon

Curval world,series 1

Curval world,series 1. Acrylic on Illustration board, brush & hand-paint stroke. Yr. 2012

It was Saturday evening that I felt bored of how I feel towards the result of last week’s result of my goals. It was a little self-denial that I was too busy for other things and I did not follow my list of priorities that I am supposed to be doing.  To forgive myself and get out the upset in me of the habits I built over a few days ago, I grab two  of 1/8 illustration board and found myself creating curval lines  in a monotone color by using white acrylic on the black panel of the board.  To make the self-denial and feelings validated, I come up with evidence by expressing it into a hand-painting piece. It was a good relief and therapy for me that teach me, “change and the accomplishment of things that I want is always one step at a time. That patience and understanding of myself is the key.”

I remember what Mark Twain says in his quote about habits, “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed down-stairs one step at a time.” Also I have to remind myself of what I have learned from Jim Rohn, “You cannot set success overnight but you can change your direction overnight.”

Maybe or could be that the curval and linear is a symbol of my excuses and disappointment from expecting too much of myself, cloudy or wavy as it seems but at least it came out  as a “whole” that I can still follow undivided perspective of my life what I want it to be.

To make the things I want to come alive, I learn that making the connection to the Divine Source or God is the most important medium in life.  That being open and  talking to God in the silence of your heart is what matters the most. The more spiritual you are, the more imaginative you will be, the more positive spirit, faith and energy you will carry to manifest the dreams.

Therefore, let us embrace more love towards what we are longing and pursuing.

We must enjoy life and never give up on following our dreams until it becomes real one step at a time!

 

Curval world, series 2. Acrylic on Illustration Board, brush & hand-paint stroke. Yr. 2012

….the other perceptions of my artwork, I leave it to you.

Some of my 2007 hand-painted artwork in Charcoal after facing a big challenge in my life. The feeling was like splicing the dark shadows  (the emotional pain) and make it  into thinner lines where light  passes through.

Curvature, series 1

Curvature, series 1. Charcoal on Paper. Yr. 2007

 

Curvature, series 2. Charcoal on Paper. Yr. 2007.

 

 

About the Author

 Margie Babon is an architect by profession, a vegetarian and a yogi by culture, a painter, photographer, creative writer and      an entrepreneur by hobby. Her working experience as a wildlife photographer in 2006 let her choose to become a vegetarian for six years now. Has background in film making and work as a researcher for the award winning documentary film,Children of the Mountains that garnered the Mark Haslam Awardee in 2005 in Toronto, Canada.  She has teaching experience as a part-time faculty  in school of Fine Arts and college of Architecture for more than 5 years. Currently living in Manila and excited for her experiment on veggie patties while dreaming to go back in Sabang Beach to surf the glassy blue wave of the Pacific Ocean.

 

 

Collecting Humor

Posted by: Margie Babon

In 2010, I submit in random the following humor & illustrations for the museum  in Croatia.

If the illustration looks very elementary, it is simply because I need to capture the attention of the kids as the main audience of the collection.

Enjoy the show!

 

Title: “Found It” Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ Medium: Watercolor on paper. Yr. 2010

 

Title: “Spot the Fish” Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ Medium: Watercolor on paper. Yr. 2010

 

Title: “Joy and Laughter” Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ Medium: Watercolor on paper. Yr. 2010

 

Title: “Fly in Love” Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ Medium: Watercolor on Paper. Yr. 2010

 

About the Author

 Margie Babon is an architect by profession, a vegetarian and a yogi by culture, a painter, photographer, creative writer and  an entrepreneur by hobby. Her working experience as a wildlife photographer in 2006 let her choose to become a vegetarian for six years now. Has background in film making and work as a researcher for the award winning documentary film,Children of the Mountains that garnered the Mark Haslam Awardee in 2005 in Toronto, Canada.  She has teaching experience as a part-time faculty  in school of Fine Arts and college of Architecture for more than 5 years. Currently living in Manila and excited for her experiment on veggie patties while dreaming to go back in Sabang Beach to surf the glassy blue wave of the Pacific Ocean.

 

 

Places I dream of, part 1

Posted by: Margie Babon

Let me share some of my architectural sketches 5 years ago using a green pen and an off white paper. These are the sketches of the places I dream to visit, by experimenting with a green ball pen,  this is how  drawing can take me there.

You asked why a green pen? Perhaps, to turn them into a green building, literally (laughs!)

Though  obviously this is not being done in a professional scanner, still can inspire anyone.

“Milan”. Size:5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Medium: Green ball pen on paper, Yr. 2007

 

“Prague”. Size: 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Medium:Green ball pen on paper, 2007

 

“Turin”. Size: 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Medium: Green ball pen on paper, 2007

 

“London”. Size: 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″. Medium: Green ball pen on paper, 2007

 

“New York”. Size: 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ Medium: Green ball pen on paper, 2007

 

About the Author

 Margie Babon is an architect by profession, a vegetarian and a yogi by culture, a painter, photographer, creative writer and  an entrepreneur by hobby. Her working experience as a wildlife photographer in 2006 let her choose to become a vegetarian for six years now. Has background in film making and work as a researcher for the award winning documentary film,Children of the Mountains that garnered the Mark Haslam Awardee in 2005 in Toronto, Canada.  She has teaching experience as a part-time faculty  in school of Fine Arts and college of Architecture for more than 5 years. Currently living in Manila and excited for her experiment on veggie patties while dreaming to go back in Sabang Beach to surf the glassy blue wave of the Pacific Ocean.

 

Emotions Imprinted

Posted by: Margie Babon

“Longing for Freedom.” Grey colored pencil on paper. Yr. 2007

 

It was year 2007 that I experience a heavy break-up with a special friend.  I long for freedom from too much possessiveness attitude and his suffocating rules by designing my life where should I go and what to do in my life. It was a year that I realized I lost my identity and my own family.

To heal myself from a traumatic experience, I spend lots of hours sketching and drawing human faces.

Here are the sketches of my emotions I cannot hide after the break-up in 2007. The stroke are so visible and the edges are hard.

Compare it in 2012 that I am fully changed and embrace the new path to peace of mind.

 

 2007  Sketches

Head study 1. Sepia pencil on paper. Yr. 2007

“The eyes seems crying,” a comment I received from a viewer.

 

Head Study 2. Charcoal on paper. Yr. 2007

The triangle composition of the face are distorted in this very emotional composition of Head study 2.

 

Head study 3. Sepia pencil on paper. Yr. 2007

This sketch appear horrible to me, the heavy shades around the eyes looks like the subject cried for a long time.

 

Head study 4. Pastel on special board paper. Yr. 2007

The choices of my colors on Head study 4 signifies colorful future ahead of me.

 

2012 Sketches

And here is my 2012 sketches of head study in light stroke of pencil.

Head study 1. Graphite on paper. Yr. 2012

 

Head study 2. Graphite on paper. Yr. 2012

 

Head study 3. Graphite on paper. Yr. 2012

 

Every time I see my 2007 illustrations of head study, my old self that lives in sadness are obvious within the lines, shades and shadow of each drawing.

The break-up  moved me out of my comfort zone to create new spiritual life. And I congratulate myself  that I finally choose non-attachment and most freedom to build my own dreams to get the life I wanted.

 

About the Author

 Margie Babon is an architect by profession, a vegetarian and a yogi by culture, a painter, photographer, creative writer and  an entrepreneur by hobby. Her working experience as a wildlife photographer in 2006 let her choose to become a vegetarian for six years now. Has background in film making and work as a researcher for the award winning documentary film,Children of the Mountains that garnered the Mark Haslam Awardee in 2005 in Toronto, Canada.  She has teaching experience as a part-time faculty  in school of Fine Arts and college of Architecture for more than 5 years. Currently living in Manila and excited for her experiment on veggie patties while dreaming to go back in Sabang Beach to surf the glassy blue wave of the Pacific Ocean.

 

My Own Monster

Posted By: Margie Babon

 

After a long day of work, we are tired, hungry and stressed. Often, we find ways how to take a break or relax and reward our selves for the accomplishment we did and deadlines we meet.

“Monster Me” is my day to day agenda to unwind from 8 hrs. work and to be able to loose and let go the experiences of exchanging different energy from the people who surrounded me within that day.  As soon as I get home from 8-5 job, I grab my sketch pad, pencil and sign pen, a “show time” for my own monster. These are the monsters that popped out in my head and help me clear my thoughts from worries and making me more creative.  This is one of the ways how I relax my mind especially at night. Some characters are harsh, sophisticated, romantic and annoying.

These are just the first set of my character that will be included in my children’s story book in the near future.

Don’t worry; these monsters are loving and friendly! :)

 

 

 

The Godmother

 

This couple will be my main character.

 

 

About the Author

 Margie Babon is an architect by profession, a vegetarian and a yogi by culture, a painter, photographer, creative writer and      an entrepreneur by hobby. Her working experience as a wildlife photographer in 2006 let her choose to become a vegetarian for six years now. Has background in film making and work as a researcher for the award winning documentary film,Children of the Mountains that garnered the Mark Haslam Awardee in 2005 in Toronto, Canada.  She has teaching experience as a part-time faculty  in school of Fine Arts and college of Architecture for more than 5 years. Currently living in Manila and excited for her experiment on Vegatty while dreaming to go back in Sabang Beach to surf the glassy blue wave of the Pacific Ocean.

 

 

 

Members Only Christmas Celebration at The Body Shop

Posted  by Margie Babon

The activity for members only at the Body Shop, Shangrila Mall was awesome! Aside meeting new friends, I also met two great illustrators. Upon signing the registration form at the entrance, members automatically receive a trinket box gift, a square purse/box with glittery ribbon on top.

Members who bring a friend also receive gift packs and a free Love Your Body (LYB) membership card.

Freebies for “Bring A friend” promo.

Upon purchase worth 900 pesos, members and their friends are entitled for a free caricature which interests me to join the event.

Illustrator artist are waiting for the LYB members for a free caricature

Aside from the gifts, free cupcakes and water is being offered at the venue.

Colorful cupcakes free at the venue.

 

Here are some awe-inspiring sketches of illustrator artist Elvin and Lloyd. Their hands are unstoppable, within just few minutes the caricature of Jo and Tina look excellent!

Sisters Jo and Tina by Lloyd Ferrolino

 

Caricature by Elvin Enriquez

Drawing with movement by Elvin Enriquez

Jo is smiling happily in front of the artist.

 

Illustrator Lloyd Ferrolino flaunting his talent in Jo’s caricature

Illustrator Elvin Enriquez showing his finish artwork.

 

Illustrator Lloyd showing his work of Mrs. Corona.

Robbie Domingo shows his appreciation of his caricature done by illustrator artist Lloyd Ferrolino.

 

Thank you for Ms. Kat, the marketing manager of The Body Shop for accommodating me to take photos and interview the artist. And to Diane who assist me and help me to shoot the stuff I need. The Christmas Member Only celebration held last November 29,2012 at the Shangri-La Mall, EDSA

The Members Only Party at The Body Shop, Shangri-la Mall

Diana strike a pose after assisting me to document the event

 

Last but not the least;  I want to share the inspiring vision of The Body Shop which I really like.

For more products updates and promo, you can visit and like The Body Shop Manila face book account:

The Body Shop website: http://www.thebodyshop.com.ph/index.php

 

About the Author

 Margie Babon is an architect by profession, a vegetarian and a yogi by culture, a painter, photographer, creative writer and      an entrepreneur by hobby. Her working experience as a wildlife photographer in 2006 let her choose to become a vegetarian for six years now. Has background in film making and work as a researcher for the award winning documentary film,Children of the Mountains that garnered the Mark Haslam Awardee in 2005 in Toronto, Canada.  She has teaching experience as a part-time faculty  in school of Fine Arts and college of Architecture for more than 5 years. Currently living in Manila and excited for her experiment on veggie patties while dreaming to go back in Sabang Beach to surf the glassy blue wave of the Pacific Ocean.

 

 

 

 

Filling The Gap

Posted by: Margie Babon

 

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it…

Rudyard Kipling “If”

 

How do you use your time? When travelling for business, commuting towards the office, waiting for a friend at the coffee shop, queuing in line, waiting for the food you order, and the list goes on…

Some people read books, some browsing on the net using their phone tablet; some are busy calling friends or family,  some are staring at different things, looking at people or spotting pretty faces while thinking of other things in their mind.

I personally not belong to people who just sit and wait. I use my time efficiently and on purpose. But the ironic of getting busy teaches me to have patience to other people who are different from my character and to have a wisdom of learning how to wait the development and the process over the things and dreams I want to achieve in life.  Understanding other people how they use of their time at home and work help me to accept the fact that people are different from one another esp. on how they handle their lives according to what they want.

How I use my time

Every time I travel, HB pencil and sketch pad is my travelling buddy aside from a camera.

I record people, places, things how they fascinate me. I call this my “travelogue sketching practice.”  For you to do this, you have to ignore people around you looking at your sketch pad and make sure your memories are sharp to remember faces when you illustrate a person, most doesn’t like to be an input. You should develop a technique how you draw people, make sure how you move is not offending and not so obvious that you want them as your subject.

Here are some of my quick sketches that takes 2, 5, 10 minutes of recording things around me.

One from doing a documentary film in 2005, a family trip in Coron, Palawan, and the latest is the family vacation in Singapore—from airport boarding lounge to the condo unit at the back of our hotel where we are staying.

A 3-hr. boat ride going to Dalugan, Northern Luzon of Palawan (2005), in front of the surfing board is the executive producer in dread locks with a porter.

 

Going to Coron, Palawan (2010), I travel alone to meet my sister and her family who booked their flights earlier than me.

 

After 5 hrs. island hopping travel, we went back to our lodging place and I crave for mango shake. Still wet from snorkeling,  I put out my sketch pad and do 10 mins. quick sketching of the kitchen entrance. (2010)

 

Quick Sketches Going to Singapore, 2012

At the Centennial Airport in Manila

2mins. sketch of the botique in front of the 113 Boarding Lounge at the Centennial Airport in Manila (2012)

 

Without using graphite tool, I smear dark colors from the outside view of aircraft parking facility. (2012)

 

This is supposed to be a bookshop but heavy dark lines make it look like a stall or a black wall. Without using wooden pencil, this sketch ease with confidence by using watercolor brush only.

 

After spotting me that she is my subject, this young girl with a huge head set transfer to another seat where she is safely far from me.

 

Mother and daughter easily attract my attention aside that I can feel  the  flowing of love within their space, it reminds me of my dream to become a mother in the right time. This 5 mins. sketch is quite difficult, kids are moving around and whining at their mother. The mother is busy with her ipad.

The length of the leg was exaggerated in this last sketch as the crew is announcing that the craft is ready for boarding.

 

Arriving in Singapore

Dinner at Kopi Tiam, the colorful glass partition between two dining area draw my attention.

 

Faces in 5 mins. sketch while waiting for the program  ”Songs of the Ocean.”

 

Standing while sketching the Merlion (appears to be a cat, laughs!) at Merlion walk. People passing by can’t avoid to look at me.

 

Colorful mosaic tiles that form into monstrous sculpture is a brilliant idea as cooling park where water flows inside the mosaic pattern.

 

Three black birds with orange beak are abundant in Siloso beach.

 

While waiting for the arrival of my nephew, busy people at Boon Lay Station trains my memory to be more sharp.

 

I render the balcony of the Starbucks in sepia look.

 

While spending lunch before the departure at Ion Mall, I was curious of the  cement sculpture painted in black. The concept of the artist is to form  a dinosaur  from outer space.

 

Artist Tools

Owing to illustrator & watercolor London based artist Cris Tuppenden for giving me idea to record subjects without using graphite pencil. It doesn’t only improve my speed but my memories enhances  to remember details in a limited time. 

 

We are all very different in our own particular characteristics. How we use our time to our best advantage depends to our capability level that truly matches the task in front of us.

Always remember, be mindful of your time, every minute turns into hour so make sure you enjoy every seconds of it.

 

About the Author

 Margie Babon is an architect by profession, a vegetarian and a yogi by culture, a painter, photographer, creative writer and      an entrepreneur by hobby. Her working experience as a wildlife photographer in 2006 let her choose to become a vegetarian for six years now. Has background in film making and work as a researcher for the award winning documentary film,Children of the Mountains that garnered the Mark Haslam Awardee in 2005 in Toronto, Canada.  She has teaching experience as a part-time faculty  in school of Fine Arts and college of Architecture for more than 5 years. Currently living in Manila and excited for her experiment on veggie patties while dreaming to go back in Sabang Beach to surf the glassy blue wave of the Pacific Ocean.

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