March 4th, 2012 @ 10:30 am
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If you read my bio on the About Section, you will notice that I’ve listed watching Simpsons re-runs as one of my favourite activities. I had been watching the show religiously since it first aired in Manila when I was in kindergarten. There is no doubt that this show had influenced me greatly, as I’m sure it had many people who grew up in the 80′s and 90′s. Most of my sense of humour, vocabulary and even the way I laugh hysterically (fun fact: I do giggle like Homer Simpson) had been shaped by watching multiple episodes of The Simpsons every single day for over 20 years.
You can only imagine how excited I was to be designing this poster for the upcoming Underground Peepshow event, “We Put the Spring in Springfield”. For the poster, I decided to do a replica of Marge Simpson’s famous Playboy cover. The model, Bella Fox really captured Marge’s pose and she totally rocked the yellow and blue!
“We Put the Spring in Springfield” is happening on Saturday, March 10 9PM at the Toronto Underground Cinema. Hope to see you there!
February 26th, 2012 @ 9:14 am
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Holy crap, I haven’t posted in months! Sorry about that, guys. I have been MIA from a lot of things these days for good reason, I promise. 2011 was the year that I decided to take matters into my own hands and finally focus on my film career. Admittedly, the leap was pretty terrifying at first. I hadn’t worked full time in the industry (as in: dropped all possible part-time jobs and other cushy day jobs to JUST work in the movies), so it was pretty intimidating. However, the year has brought such amazing opportunities my way and I soon found myself working non-stop in the art department. Hooray for dream day jobs!
Between the film thing & my other side projects in performance, the chances to sit down with an opened sketchbook has been pretty slim to nil. I have been pouring a lot of my creativity out in other ventures (hell, my day job does require me to be creative), but sometimes I do miss just spending the day getting my hands dirty with paint and charcoal and drawing the usual naked people having sex. I also miss blogging. I really need to do this more often… perhaps on Sunday mornings while waiting for laundry (which is what I’m doing as we speak! Hah!).
My busy schedule didn’t stop me from selling some goodies at the 2012 Toronto Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair though! This year, I shared a table with two of my good friends at If You Fall Photography & Betty Monroe Designs. This year’s EACF was quite possibly the best one so far. Instead of having it in the usual second floor gallery of The Gladstone Hotel, the fair took place in the first floor ballroom. It was much better laid out. There was plenty more opportunity for vendors to check out each other’s work (I adore you all!). The fair also ended with a live Cabaret show, which wrapped up the whole day quite nicely. I also got to meet some really amazing customers who shared some interesting life stories about art & sexuality. Thank you so much, Come As You Are for letting me be a part of this again!
October 23rd, 2011 @ 11:27 pm
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The Underground Peepshow is my current baby. With my love of pin-up fashions and all things erotic, I suppose it’s only natural that I would gravitate towards burlesque. Who doesn’t love a good tease, especially when it’s got a sprinkle of nerd?
The Underground Peepshow is a geek-themed burlesque series that we’ve started at the Toronto Underground Cinema. The first official show, Marvelesque was a Marvel-themed burlesque event that attracted over 550 audience members! Holy freaking crap! It truly was an awesome night to remember. Posing and designing the show poster for it was also a lot of fun, especially the afternoon I spent looking through countless classic comic book cover art just to get the right style. Work doesn’t feel like work when you get to geek out at the same time.
The Evil League of Sexy is the next instalment in the series. As this is a villains-themed burlesque show, I thought I’d channel the book covers of one of my favourite children’s book series: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Hey, Count Olaf was one wicked villain. Tormenting those poor orphans, how evil!
For more information on The Underground Peepshow and our upcoming shows, check out www.undergroundpeepshow.com. The site was also designed by yours truly!
June 22nd, 2011 @ 6:18 pm
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Since I was a pretty young kid, I had always been exposed to horror movies. It didn’t matter that they were often Rated R and I was barely out of kindergarten, my aunt would let me watch them with her and the rest of my cousins. Admittedly, I was a pretty big wuss and every horror movie marathon always ended with me staying up all night because I was too scared to sleep. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed the suspense and the gore. I remember watching Nightmare on Elm Street on VHS for the first time during a sleepover with my cousins. Freddy Krueger terrified the shit out of me as a kid, but man was he ever badass! I mean, who could forget the awesomeness that was the puppet scene from Dream Warriors? It still remains one of my favourite horror movie moments of all time!
The Toronto Underground Cinema contacted me recently with an exciting illustration job: I need to design the event poster for their upcoming big event. The original Freddy Krueger himself, Robert Englund is coming to Toronto and will be doing a live Q&A at the cinema. ROBERT. FREAKING. ENGLUND.
Instead of doing the usual all-out grunge and gore aesthetic that the series sports, the guys at the Underground wanted to add a more playful twist to the event. “A Dream Date with Freddy” was the chosen title, and from there I illustrated what I pictured Mr. Krueger would look like if he were to make up his own ad for a dating site. You’d tap that, right?
If you are a huge horror film fan in Toronto this summer, be sure to check out Robert Englund at the Toronto Underground Cinema on August 26th!
February 8th, 2011 @ 9:58 am
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In light of the New Year, Come As You Are is hosting a Group Show called “Resolutions”, in which all artists invited to participate are to depict what their sexual new year’s resolution will be for 2011 in whatever medium they choose to work with. I opted to do a mixed media piece which I call: “Share the Love”. If more people in this world would just share the love, then we’d all be a lot less stressed out. I’m not saying everyone should necessarily set up a video camera and have random threeways with strangers and broadcast it on the internet, but if people would be more open to exploration and sharing those tender moments with a person (or people) they care about, that is sharing the love. Having a positive outlook on sex and diversity is sharing the love. Sex is a beautiful thing, and discovering new things with someone special is such a wonderful way to express and… well, share the love.
If you’re in the Toronto Area, stop by Come As You Are (701 Queen Street West, just west of Bathurst St) and check out this awesome group show!