Charlie Hebdo Tribute

“The pen is mightier than the gun.”

I felt really bad upon hearing the news of the Paris attack by terrorists. Reading more about the news, I found out that these were artists they targeted on, people who advocate freedom of speech and expression across the world. It’s sad that they have to go through that because of religious and cultural diversity. Not all countries and culture could understand some forms of satire and some may find it offensive, but it somehow angers me that it’s this easy to kill and lose a life. Here is my tribute for the Charlie Hebdo victims. Rest in peace, my fellow artists. #JeSuisCharlie #CharlieHebdo

Je suis Charlie

My First Vector Pattern

Hello everyone!

Today I finished creating my first seamless vector pattern. I love flowers and drawing them; the complexity and intricacy is what makes it beautiful yet sort of challenging to do, so I was really happy making this for a sample that a friend asked for. I don’t exactly know where this (and some more to come hopefully) will be used for, but after tiling the pattern I saw that it can be used as a gift wrapper, journal cover, desktop background, etc. 😀 I am actually amazed that I was able to do this! The seaming is really difficult for me though, as I had to do it manually since I made the vector in Photoshop. I was about to throw in the towel because at the beginning, I can’t even draw a proper flower and make a good composition. But the hard work paid off in the end, I guess!

So here it is, I am sharing the pattern with you guys! Just click on the image. I hope you like it. 🙂


Sample size is an 800 x 800 px PNG file.

Cheers! x

Canva Manila Launch Party

Hello dear friends! It’s been ages since I last wrote a blog post. A lot of things happened lately, and one of these is something worth writing about:

[bra_boxed_text Title=”” Description=”Canva is in Manila! Hurrah!”]

I got this news when I posted on Facebook that I am looking for a part-time/full-time job that needs a graphic designer or an illustrator. Faye Tandog, a university friend and Mozilla Rep, sent me a message about Canva’s Launch Party. I was reading the message at 4AM and I was like, “Am I dreaming?” I had to widen my eyes more to see that it’s real. Canva is indeed in Manila, and they are launching a party!

I knew I just had to go. I learned about Canva last year, from a Facebook ad that kept on showing while I was scrolling on my News Feed. I have not tried using Canva before, until early this year I decided to see what it’s all about.


So, what is Canva?

Canva is a graphic design tool that makes designing accessible to everyone, even to those who think they don’t have an eye for arts and design. It’s simple and easy to use, just drag the elements you want on your layout (there are a variety of pre-made layouts to choose from), add some text, tweak a little, and voila! You now have a beautiful design.

This is especially helpful to people who have little background on Photoshop, Corel, and other design softwares, or who can’t hire a designer to make them a nice visual for their business. Another plus is that the elements you can use on your design work are FREE (Can you believe that, beautiful + free? There’s still such a thing as free lunch, I guess!) They also have premium design elements that will only cost $1/piece to use.


Ms. Melanie Perkins, Founder & CEO of Canva

All the people who were part of and organized the event were very welcoming and really nice. I was able to personally talk to Zach Kitschke, Head of Communications, regarding Canva and why they decided to open an office in Manila. “Outside Australia, the Philippines is one of the company’s top 10 markets, and this is because Filipinos’ are fast to adopt to new technology, are very flexible and have a strong grasp in design,” he said. The Canva family is growing bigger. I am excited about this news!

You can do a lot of things in Canva (including this post’s banner).

Here are some examples:

The Soul


Facebook Ad

I love baking! Thanks Canva for the cupcake freebie! ♥

Photo Collage

I'm currently in-love with Ed Sheeran's song, "Thinking Out Loud"

Social Media Post

Atop a rock mountain in Islas de Gigantes

Facebook Cover

NEW! Twitter Post

NEW! Twitter Post

Photos and illustrations by yours truly. 🙂

Annnnnd here are the photos I have of the event!

Click on the thumbnail to view each item:


All the best, Canva Manila Team!

Happy New Year 2013!

Another amazing year has come to pass, but we are given another one to start anew, to progress, and move forward!

Let’s make 2013 a year full of optimism and an opportunity to use our full creativity and passion in everything we do.

A blessed, glorious, and prosperous new year 2013 to everyone!

♥ Jaun xxx

[bra_boxed_text Description=”Credits to Gurlinterrupted for the sparkling graphic!”]

A Birthday Gift, Part 2

September 29, 2012

…one of my mates turned 21! So I decided to make another gift.

To be honest, I am not really the kind of friend who buys a gift then hands it to them. It’s not that I am a cheapskate, but you know the saying about the thoughts: It counts.

As I was creating this, I thought of her character. I would describe Janette as a serene, a bit shy and quiet person. Thus the color blue. The flowers yellow and red makes the painting a bit more vibrant, and those colors represent the bubbly and lively nature of Janette when she is around the people she cares for, and who cares for her in return.


[bra_boxed_text Title=” ” Description=”Pour vivre heureux, vivons caché.

—Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian”]

The above image is the scanned/digitally-rendered version. I have not yet gotten a proper frame for it (frame above is done in Ps), but when I already have, I will edit this post and put up some hi-res pictures. 😛

The one I will give her is the original painting (done in watercolor), and I have yet to think of a gift wrap design. I just hope she’ll like it! 🙂

Happy 21st birthday, Janette!

A Birthday Gift

July 22, 2012

…marks the 20th birthday of one of my mates in the university. Since this also marks the year that she will be leaving teenhood and takes a step closer to adulthood, I tried to create something that will remind her of the teenage memories she had, and the bright and wonderful future she will have.

So here is what I made for her:


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Blue is her favorite color, and she has this addiction to France (and baking) so I decided to match a French quote for it. You’d also notice that the girl looks so young, the irony of the gift for a 20 year old. I still tried to maintain the “elegance” though.

I was quite nervous that the print outcome will be totally different from the digital ones, especially the colors. I made a mistake (though quite uncontrollable, can’t blame the print shop) because the printer turned the colors into darker hues. Anyhow it turned out well. 🙂

I could safely say that my mate was chuffed with it, although I was anxious that she might be expecting more from me after flipping through this certain Pixiv art book before opening my gift!


Above is the packaging design I made to match the gift. Doodled recycled paper isn’t that bad as a gift wrapper, is it?

Dualität Social Icons

First of, I would like to apologize (to you and to myself) for posting this project very delayed. On the previous blog, I said that I will be doing the set in the previous week but due to more important agendas that had to be done, I had to extend this one.

[bra_blockquote align=”right”]Priorities. Day by day, even though I’m still on holiday, I practice on handling them properly![/bra_blockquote]

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So far, I decided to create the 20 most used social icons. I myself use 95% of these things, so I might be able to use it in referencing the sites. Besides, I really find it hard to pick through many beautiful icons all over the web!

I called it “Dualität” (Deutsche for “Duality”) because I made the color of the icons in contrast, kind of like the Yin and Yang symbol. Here’s the preview:

 I hope this helps people hunting for icons out there. 🙂

[bra_button text=”DOWNLOAD ME!” url=”/dl/Dualität.rar” target=”_blank” size=”medium” style=”rounded” color=”orange”]

Due to a request, I included a foursquare icon too (separate file):

[bra_button text=”Just foursquare!” url=”/dl/foursquare.rar” target=”_blank” size=”medium” style=”rounded” color=”blue”]

There you go! I attached a PSD file with the 64×64 icons. I created the icons in vector on Illustrator but I am still figuring out how to make them pixel perfect when converted to PSD. If you experience any problems, got more icons in mind, or have some suggestions, feel free to comment or e-mail me and I will surely get back to you as soon as I can 😀

First June personal project: DONE!

Re: Portfolio + Next Week Projects

Tonight I have finished uploading images to be shown on my [bra_button text=”Portfolio” url=”” target=”_blank” size=”small” style=”rounded” color=”purple”]

I just wanted to say that my portfolio is still being updated, because on there I will be putting the works that I am doing at the moment and will be doing in the future. [bra_blockquote align=””]Designing is a never-ending process for me, and as much as possible I like to experiment on various things to enhance my skills.[/bra_blockquote]

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[bra_highlight style=”highlight1″]My agenda for next week are:[/bra_highlight]

  1. Do a simple UI Design that complies to the look and feel of iOS apps.
    I am a big fan of Apple products, and the smooth, glassy interfaces of most apps are just amazing. This will be a first time for me and I’m looking forward to this! The designer Michal Šimkovič, aka [bra_button text=”musHo” url=”” target=”_blank” size=”small” style=”rounded” color=”orange”]serves as my inspiration in doing this.
  2. Create your own UI Kit (Icons!)
    Simplicity and uniqueness are part of the important factors that I aim in creating mini-things. The UI kit will consist of social site logos, menu icons, etc. The final output and PSD file will be attached. 🙂

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On the other hand, I will be attending a Job Fair tomorrow. Three out of the five people in our group are already employed and I am very happy that my friends have already started doing their dream jobs. I am taking this opportunity, and I believe that my dream job is out there somewhere, too. Just got to wait for the correct timing!

God bless everybody and enjoy the weekends. A cup of hot coffee for y’all!


[bra_blockquote align=”right”]So, what will we see on here?[/bra_blockquote]

I have finally put my website to completion, and hey it’s powered by WordPress! The thing is, I realized that it is about time for me to have my own site that displays everything that I do (on the portfolio section), who I am doing it for, and why am I doing it (on the blog section). Mostly all of the things that I am (and will be) working on.

You will see here everything that I would love the world to see. I believe it is better to have a central repository than to have separate websites that are only under one name.

[bra_blockquote align=””]Ah, then we are going to see your rants on here![/bra_blockquote]

Umm, not quite. We all know that the Internet is accessible by anyone, anywhere. It would not be pleasant to have my issues to be openly seen by everyone, not to mention prying eyes, potential clients, and company(ies) that might be interested in hiring me.

As much as possible, I want to put a division between my personal and professional matters. I am very keen in what I do, say, and write, that I make sure I will not regret having done it.

[bra_boxed_text Description=”I am not perfect, I also get anger issues, but it is always better for us to give off a positive vibe than a negative outlook.”]


I have a WordPress blog where I write mostly everything that has been happening in my life, sort of like an online diary, but it is up to you if you want to read some random stuff, cheesy stuff, and literary pieces that I have done. There are also opinions on different matters (family, school, etc) and my views on blessings and God’s grace. If you are curious, have a look: [bra_button text=”Click me!” url=”” target=”_blank” size=”small” style=”rounded” color=”red”]

That’s about it. Cheers everyone. 🙂