Works in progress since Sept 5. They’re all small. I wish I could work bigger and faster! The last two are for 2 different group exhibits. They’re so pink. XD

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Fashionary X Cat Socrates Mini Exhibition

Fashionary X Cat Socrates window display project “Fashion sketching without borders” invited 7 famous fashion illustrators worldwide: Andrea Ladstätter, Carla Han, Connie Lim, Kira Krylova, Pippa McManus, Valerie Chua and Vikki Yau to showcase their amazing fashionary hand-sketches with signature Fashionary figure templates.

The mini exhibition will be displayed from 1 Sep to 31 Sep in Cat Socrates located in 02-25 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain Street, Singapore. 

Meet the Fashion Illustrators:

Andrea Ladstätter, Singapore

Andrea Ladstätter is Austrian by nationality but Eurasian by blood. She is currently studying in the Fashion Design program at the LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore, aspiring to excel in the industry of haute couture design. She first discovered Fashionary when giving it as a gift to a friend. She then get one for herself and now continue to conceptualise and design plenty of illustrations using Fashionary.

Carla Han, Indonesia

Born and raised in Surabaya, Indonesia, Carla has always loved drawing and crafts. After finishing high school in 2010, she decided to take a 1 year course in fashion design, where she found her passion in fashion illustrating as well as jewellery designing. She first discovered Fashionary on Instagram, and ever since she got herself one, she had been filling them with various designer collections, as well as some personal projects. Her favourite part: drawing small details!

Connie Lim, US

Connie Lim is a fashion designer/illustrator from Los Angeles, California. She attended Art Centre in Pasadena College in California and Central Saint Martins College of Design in London. Connie used Fashionary to draw for her final year graduation collection and her Fashionary was exhibited in the St. Martins degree show. Her illustration works has been featured in books such as Gestalten’s The Beautiful and Martin Dawber’s Great big book of Fashion Illustration, as well as other countless magazines and blogs. 

Kira Krylova, Italy

Kira Krylova was born in Russia and now based in Italy. Her passion for drawing and woman’s fashion brought her to the Technological University of Kazan where she attended the course in Fashion design. She travelled to Milan to come in touch with the fashion world and has met Fashionary for the first time! She started collaborating for different projects as fashion illustrator in Italy and for Russian websites specialised in hand drawing and graphic illustrations. 

Pippa McManus, Australia

Pippa McManus is a fashion illustrator based in Perth, Western Australia, who has caught the eye of many prestigious figures and respected brands in the fashion industry, including Mary Katrantzou, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Wildfox, and Steve Madden. She illustrated outfits with Fashionary sketchbooks on Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia held at Sydney’s Carriageworks on April 2013. 

Valerie Chua, Philippines

Valerie Chua is a visual artist and art instructor from Manila. She grew up with Western graphic novels and Japanese manga and only started painting at the age of 20. Some of her clients include: Keds, Clinique, Lenovo, Garage Magazine, Rogue Magazine, Designare Magazine Singapore and Leo Burnett Singapore. She specializes in traditional water-based media and her Fashionary is full of her dreamy water-colour illustrations.

Vikki Yau, Hong Kong

Vikki Yau is a fashion illustrator based in Hong Kong. As the co-founder and marketing director behind Fashionary, she has been illustrating tons of Fashionary sketches on luxury designer brands, popular fashion bloggers and the stunning gowns on red-carpet. She is also the editor-in-chief of Fashionary Hand, featuring inspiring fashion illustrators and demonstrate fashion drawing tips.

I’m part of the Fahionary exhibition along with wonderful fashion illustrators. Hope you can drop by if you’re in the area. :D

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Studies I did last week. They’re all currently unfinished. XD

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I’m part of 2 group shows in Bacolod this weekend:
Brightness / Contrast at Kapitana Gallery, Sept 5 (FRI), 6:30 PM
Force Field at Orange Gallery, Sept 6 (SAT), 6 PM

If you’re in the area, I hope that you can visit and say hi to us. The other exhibiting artists are amazing. *u* I’m flying in this Friday morning and I can’t wait!!

Just some totally random stuff posted on my Instagram these past few weeks. I don’t really have a social life at the moment and I’ve gotten tired of taking photos of everything like where I am and what I’m about to eat, hence the lack of my usual monthly diary (bah who needs that!), so all I’ve got are drawings. :) I was on television 2 weeks ago and I’m sort of too embarrassed to share it because I think I’ve been awkward in some parts, trying to explain what I do. I’ve also been getting into other mediums at a very slow pace, and I concluded my watercolor workshops for this year. The 2nd to the last image was a demo work I did for my workshops. The one on the Left was done last May and the one on the Right was just a few days ago. I never quite expected that the result would have a huge jump. I probably unlocked a couple of things while constantly relaying certain processes to my students. I’ve been enjoying teaching a lot and I’m really happy that my attendees are responding very positively to it. It feels overwhelming to see how much they progress all throughout the course. I was really touched when one of my attendees said that she doesn’t get frustrated anymore when she paints, and another said that her works had a HUGE jump from the 1st to the last session. I feel very pressured whenever I feel that someone in class is getting left behind. I’m glad to see that my worries are paying off. There you go, my life right now. :)

Another one for a show this September at Kapitana Gallery, Bacolod. This is a really small piece, around 5x8 inches, which I’m still working on. I’m still thinking of making another one similar to this.

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Progress photos, watercolor on paper

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Just a small painted postcard for a show. I’m thinking of making another one. I hope they accept it! *fingers crossed*

InTransit Talks & Workshops - CEBU

InTransit was an overall great experience! The idea of doing a talk in Cebu was Aleyn’s idea. Initially we were even supposed to also have an exhibit but we ended up doing a talk and workshop instead. It turned out to be a huge success! We’ve decided to do this in different cities in South East Asia.

Here are some photos from our trip. Apart from the event itself (on June 21), we were able to swim with whale sharks (!!!) and walk by the falls. Definitely for the books! 

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Did this early this year. Keep forgetting to post my works. :)

Did this early this year. Keep forgetting to post my works. :)

My friends and I are doing Workshops and Talks in CEBU CITY!!! Yey! Hope to see you there. Share this to your friends.
Venue: SPROCKETS CAFE TalambanTime: Workshops start at 9am, Talks start at 6:30pmDate: June 21, Saturday
RSVP to the talk: FB Event PageApply to our workshops: http://bit.ly/intransitcebu
We have food at the talk. And for the workshops, you get to keep all the materials and food. :)

My friends and I are doing Workshops and Talks in CEBU CITY!!! Yey! Hope to see you there. Share this to your friends.

Venue: SPROCKETS CAFE Talamban
Time: Workshops start at 9am, Talks start at 6:30pm
Date: June 21, Saturday

RSVP to the talk: FB Event Page
Apply to our workshops: http://bit.ly/intransitcebu

We have food at the talk. And for the workshops, you get to keep all the materials and food. :)

May 2014

Monthly diary for the month of May! May was pretty fun. It’s my birthday month and there are a few notable things about it. Here’s my recap:

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This was at Katsu Box. Spent a couple of hours here with my sister. Their food isn’t spectacular but it’s very affordable, the interiors are super cute, and it’s right next to a craft supplies store. We usually stay here after craft shopping.

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Had my own R&R at a hotel. Had really good takeout. Cakes, nachos, Bonchon Chicken. A few weeks later, I did another hotel R&R-ing. I love it.

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My bathroom plant was missing and a month later I found it in our backyard, 2x taller.

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Finally bought a pair of sneakers. I left my beat-up Keds in New Jersey and the only sneakers I have are running shoes. I love Adidas and I check their website monthly to see if there’s anything new that I’d like. I wanted to invest in Jeremy Scott ones but I don’t fancy what’s out at the moment but when I saw this collab with The Farm Company Brazil, I deliberated for a while and bought it after 15 minutes. I’m a slow shopper. I sometimes sit around with the shoes/clothes I try on and think for 10 minutes to see it I really want it or not. Now I just want to buy more sneakers! 

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Coffee and ice cream at Mad Mark’s. Their prices are ridiculously cheap (less than P300/US$7 for a steak meal, are you kidding me?!) And their food is GREAT.

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Watched Wanderland with Aleyn and Anjo. It was such nice experience. I didn’t grow up with concerts and I realized that it’s something that I appreciate a lot, especially the dance-y ones. I watched Toe (in Manila) and Phoenix (in Brooklyn) last year and I had such a swell time. I went alone to see Phoenix but the guy next to me was talking to me so I didn’t feel so alone. Here’s to more indie/folk dance-y concerts.

It was Aleyn's birthday 2 days later. Me, Anjo and Aleyn are born in the same month. We only see each other once a year at this time.

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This is Anjo working on his live painting. He’s so good at this!!!

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Left: Me with Aleyn and Anjo at Wanderland. Right: Me and my friends the night before. I don’t have a lot of friends. Most of the time I just stay at home and work and I don’t interact with people a lot (I don’t have officemates). This is almost everyone in my life, apart from a handful of friends abroad. I sometimes wonder if I should go out more and talk to people and socialize but I realized that the more socialize, the more I feel alone. Maybe because it makes the gap feel more apparent and there’s always a struggle to connect and it feels like there’s always a circle that you need to penetrate. I think being with the same small group is a nice enough thing for me.

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This is a demo portrait painting I did for a lesson in basic watercolor portrait painting.

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My students from my 6-session workshops are learning so fast! I hope that they still continue on painting even after the class. My waking hours are suddenly focused on ways to teach, more than anything. I remember back in 2008, I wasn’t admitted to a local art school (I didn’t pass the talent test) so I told myself, I’m going to open an art school and everyone who wants to get in can get in and everyone’s going to be better than your students!!! Haha. I was pretty aggressive going up. And I was pretty serious about it too! Now I’m just okay with teaching on the side.

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Here’s another one from my Watercolor Portrait class. For those wondering (and I remember someone publishing that this is my house): I’m just renting an attic/studio for the workshops. I never hold workshops at our house because we don’t have a room that could fit more than 8 people and a table.

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This was a breakfast I prepared. It’s pretty easy to make and I believe this is the only thing I can make in an oven. Just egg on toast, chicken and mayo on the side and truffled cheese on top. 

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Heima launched their new collection a couple of weeks ago. Fun and summery colors and geometric shapes. Check them out at LRI Design Plaza, Makati. On a really random note, their patterns sort of remind me of this Vance book back in highschool / freshman college. Talk about nostalgia! 

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Dinner with Aleyn and Toby’s Estate after visiting Heima. Their Beef and Potato thing was really good, though quite expensive. I had Toby’s Estate in Brooklyn but they didn’t have food there, just mostly coffee and limited pastries. The one here feels like a restaurant so the place is a bit loud. Sometimes you’d like to stay long and work but everyone’s chatting away, not quite the coffee-shop vibe that you expect.

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At High Street Central after watching X-men DOFP, which is freakin’ awesome, by the way! The cinema was in a new building housing soon-to-open-for-the-first-time-here brands like Brooks Brothers, Pottery Barn, Acca Kappa, etc.

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Anjo had his 2nd solo show on the 28th. It was also his birthday that day. Here’s one of this paintings. His works are always a surprise and they’re always amazing and filled with stories. Catch them at Vinyl On Vinyl, Malugay St., Makati until mid-June.

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Then 2 nights later I had my birthday! Wooh I’m old!!!

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My friends threw a surprise get-together. It was extremely sweet. I never had a surprise party in my life and I never thought anyone would give me one. It was well-orchestrated and I never suspected a thing. My sister was telling my friends that I suspect everything. I think as you get older, you become so pre-occupied with work, you become insensitive to a lot of things. Haha… I have really loving friends. That’s the biggest gift. I’m so happy! (Photo from Irene)

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I was gifted a bouquet of Peonies over the weekend. They’re so beautiful! I heard that they’re very expensive here. I’m trying my best to let them last a week. On the 3rd day, they started to wilt because of the heat. They need to be in an airconditioned room (around 20c) to survive. I wish they can stay that way forever.

And that wraps up my month of May! :)

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I’m opening 1 workshop again, the Watercolor Intensive for Beginners (4-hr Crash Course) this July 5! I’ve decided to overhaul the entire workshop and focus on painting for almost the entire duration of the session. It’s gonna be fun and really different from before. If anyone wants to join, just email me at chua.valerie@gmail.com to get all the deatils and application. :)
(PS. Also doing a workshop in Cebu this June with other artists. Will keep you guys posted about this!)

I’m opening 1 workshop again, the Watercolor Intensive for Beginners (4-hr Crash Course) this July 5! I’ve decided to overhaul the entire workshop and focus on painting for almost the entire duration of the session. It’s gonna be fun and really different from before. If anyone wants to join, just email me at chua.valerie@gmail.com to get all the deatils and application. :)

(PS. Also doing a workshop in Cebu this June with other artists. Will keep you guys posted about this!)