Hello, everyone! I’m back. I’m really sorry to have left the conversation hanging. It’s tough getting back on track when you’ve spent a whole chunk of time making sure that one of the best days of your life will go as you envisioned. I’ll try to talk about the wedding in better detail, in a next post.
Mid-March, before the planning kicked into high gear, one of the best things that happened to me was getting into the local children’s illustrator group Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK). It was my second time to try out, and this time I was really determined and committed. After submitting in February and anxiously waiting for the results, I received news that I was in! It really not only made my day, but my whole (birthday) month.
It really never ends, nor is it ever an easy task, trying to define who you are as an artist. When INK asked us members to each come up with a page for the annual catalog, I decided to make something new yet something I was comfortable with. With the very little (or none) experience I have with children’s illustration, I’ve realized that having a younger audience in mind helps you think of yourself in smaller shoes, to fantasize about the things that could have been. Ballet, for one. As a kid, I somehow couldn’t see myself in tights and a tutu, and yet today I am seriously amazed by the dance, the dresses, the grace, and art of it.
But even before I started sketching, I got the biggest inspiration from a trip to the mall–where, at the newly opened Repetto shop in Greenbelt 3, I was greeted by this frothy, sumptuous, dreamy, uber-girly piece at the window. And I knew I had to paint a young ballerina getting ready, tying her shoes, in an imagined rose garden.
Repetto is a frustrated ballet dancer’s fantasy come to life–and is obviously more a fashion boutique than ballet store. It’s also one of those pretty places where you know you’ll have to save up before you’ll get to buy anything, sadly. So for now, I’ll just content myself with photos and that little fantasy of mine.