I was thinking of putting better use to my tumblr so I changed the layout yesterday to get me in a posting appetite. I’ve been writing disheveled feelings in my sketchbook like “how long does it take to forget?" and I respond with, you can never forget; you can’t ever forget. I realized that there are just some things that will haunt you for the rest of your life.

Hi everyone! Here’s my contribution to Lenovo x Camille Co Chronicles. I actually completed the work a few weeks ago in New York but I kept changing the design. I could be really indecisive sometimes. Modifying works digitally is really convenient—the possibilities are endless! All the more that I used a touchscreen desktop computer to work on this.

We asked how the overall image should look like so I followed some of our readers’ advice. Most of what was asked was to produce something dark, mysterious, involving flowers and animals to give that enchanted vibe. Here’s my take on it.

The elements like the flowers and outlines were worked on traditionally by hand. Then I scanned them and layered them onto Camille’s photo (shot by Joseph Pascual) on Photoshop. For the most part, I used my fingers to drag the images into place. In case you’re wondering, I used a Lenovo IdeaCentre A520 desktop (it looks like this, a very sexy piece of hardware). I love how working on it feels fast, organic and it gives you more control over your work. I hope you guys like the result!

Doing commissions at the studio. I only have until the 31st here. :( Just need to finish 2 more paintings then I’m out. I love clients who say “do whatever you like!!!” So nice of them. ;_;

Doing commissions at the studio. I only have until the 31st here. :( Just need to finish 2 more paintings then I’m out. I love clients who say “do whatever you like!!!” So nice of them. ;_;

I realized that I can never stay too long in 1 place/country.

I realized that I can never stay too long in 1 place/country.

Haven’t watercolored in over a month. 😥

Haven’t watercolored in over a month. 😥

Sketchbook pages.

Sketchbook pages.

Asked my sister @chuaveronica to pose for me. Wonder if I can finish it… When I see something like this (difficult), I just want to eat. 😓

Asked my sister @chuaveronica to pose for me. Wonder if I can finish it… When I see something like this (difficult), I just want to eat. 😓

3 Jun 2013 / 125 notes / art valerie chua wip drawing 

Derwent Academy Sketching Paper

Times Trading got me Derwent sketchpads to review and give away. Yey!

This is called Derwent Academy Sketching Paper. It’s an entry-level sketchpad ideal for sketching and practice work for students and professionals. Please note that this is an academic/scholastic-level paper so it doesn’t compare to artist-level (or high-end) pads but its quality is great for the price that it offers.

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What I like is that it comes in smaller sizes. If you are the type who likes to bring a pad outside, the smaller A4 and A5 ones would be great. Plus it’s ring-bound! I like ring bound sketchpads better. You get to maximize the space and the paper doesn’t come off unless you forcefully pull it out.

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Second, I love the paper texture. It has shallow teeth, which helps graphite adhere to paper, making your tones richer. It’s acid free too so you won’t have to worry about your paper rotting fast or yellowing out in the long run. 110gsm is a good amount of thickness for sketching. That’s a little thicker than bond/copy paper. If you draw dark in front, it won’t be seen easily on its back side (unless you use a blotting pen). The only qualm I have is erasing. I like using dark pencil for sketching like 3B and 5B. Even after sketching mid-tones with an HB lead, some of the pencil marks didn’t want to come off. You might want to use a kneaded eraser for this one but it still doesn’t erase everything compared to other pads I’ve used. Although I’m not the type who gets disturbed when I see erased pencil marks, I think other people take this factor to heart.

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Will I buy this pad for myself? Yes!—if I’m looking for a cheap pad with good paper quality with the right amount of leaves, I’ll definitely go for this one! The best thing I like about it is that it comes in portable sizes and it doesn’t cost much. Again, please note that this is an academic pad. If you are looking for high-end paper, Derwent has Artist-level sketch pads ideal for professional work. You can buy this sketchpad locally at Times Trading525 Quintin Paredes St., (Binondo) Manila. You can contact them at 242-5741 to 50 in case you want to have items delivered to you. They also carry most of Derwent’s materials.

PRICES
*A3: Php 340.00
*A4: Php 225.00
*A5: Php 115.00
*Prices may change without prior notice.

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Also used pens and markers for it. Works great with it!

GIVEAWAY

I’m giving away 2 sketchpads, different sizes: One A4 and one A5. To win a sketchpad, just follow the instructions below:

(A) 1 pc. Derwent Academy Sketching Paper – A5 size (5.83 x 8.27”), 30 sheets acid-free If you want to win this pad, follow my Instagram and comment on this photo with your email address.

(B) 1 pc. Derwent Academy Sketching Paper – A4 size (8.27 x 11.69”), 30 sheets acid-free - If you want to win this pad, comment on this post on Tumblr / Disqus comments with your email address. No need to follow my tumblr!

That’s about it! I will also be throwing in a postcard or a doodle inside the pad. Philippine residents only. Winners will be picked on JUNE 5. :)

Dear @turmauge, list TBA.
Doodling on my sketchbook.

Dear @turmauge, list TBA.

Doodling on my sketchbook.

"Don’t let your daughter-in-law eat your autumn eggplants."

"Don’t let your daughter-in-law eat your autumn eggplants."

There’s a Fashionary exhibition ongoing at Page One Bookstore Hong Kong. Some of my sketches are there, as well as sketches made by the Fashionary team and sketches made by designers and artists from around the world. If you’re there, please have a look. :) Blog entry.

17 May 2012 / 114 notes / valerie chua art drawing 

Forgot to include this drawing from yesterday.

Forgot to include this drawing from yesterday.

Some unfinished drawings. Blog entry here.

12 Apr 2012 / 325 notes / valerie chua art drawing 

Sketchbook page. I also got featured in Zone Magazine. :) Entry at my blog.

Sketchbook page. I also got featured in Zone Magazine. :) Entry at my blog.