It’s been a blast for me last 2012, I would have to say it’s a mixture of fun, thrill, adventure, exhaustion, bitterness, reward, love and hate, disappointments, failures and achievements all came to me last year. 2012 marks my 2nd year in Dubai, 2013 i’m going for my 3rd year this February. Work for me has been a mixed emotion in Dubai, I felt time was stolen away from me more last year, updating my works had been slow, those extra times, where I could have finished some personal works, had beed taken away from me,i’ve been excusing myself, from those moments where I’m supposed to be free, an excuse that I didn’t make. There were times where I had to think if it’s worth staying, but I wanted to last ’til my last term, and from there, let’s see where this thing goes. Though my day job has been tough, I was still blessed last 2012, I did some personal stuff and made an effort to be part of Dubai’s art scene, included more art exhibitions and events, and met more fellow artists. From the Genius exhibit, Sole DXB, Chocol’art, New Era,2nd MEGA vinyl toy exhibition, Fakie 2, to the 1st Comicon event in the Middle East, everything seems to open its doors to me to some new opportunities.
Having my works displayed and shown abroad was also a big part this year, from being part of DOA (Designers of Asia) 1st exhibit in Japan, to get featured in Juxtapoz online, to be pick as one of the artist for the Creative Cards and more features online…
Here in the Philippines (as I am still here on my annual leave vacation) I was also grateful by the opportunities that was showered upon me, even if I was abroad. Even though I wasn’t able to submit an artwork for this year’s Graphika Manila book, I was still invited to create a sticker as part for their freebies, which was fun. The “BWAKAW” team that made me part of their team as well, asked me to make their film’s official poster, never thought I could be part of the team that would grab awards and praises abroad, and now is one of the contender for this year’s much awaited Oscars, for the Best Foreign Film category, oh! I hope they’ll win, it will be a great achievement for the whole country!
Despite being exhausted at my day job, from doing what other’s wanted me to do, I still manage to do some personal works, which is a getaway for me, this includes the Sketchbook Project for 2012, which I’ve completed by January 2012, and hopefully for the next one, I could still catch up before the deadline.
This year was supposed to end with me being a speaker for Visual Arabia http://www.visualarabia.com/ but they have to move the event, this coming March 2013, so I’ll prolly just hush a bit for now on what’s gonna come for my career this 2013.
Aside from my career last 2012, it was also a big change for me, cuz it was my first time to move out to a new place in Dubai, my first and very own flat, a studio type apartment, which makes more space for me to work on my projects, can’t wait to get back to Dubai and get dirty with paint, pencil smudges and inks!
Concerts and small gigs was also a blast this year, I get to see some of the greatest and the newbies, MADONNA, BJORK, FEIST, COLDPLAY, BLOCPARTY, OF MONSTERS AND MEN etc…etc… This year I hope to see more, for music is a big part of my life. The Kooks Bush Morcheeba Pukkelpop Festival 2012 (Thursday only) Rizzle Kicks Feist Stereophonics Kaiser Chiefs Blocparty Snowpatrol Coldplay Tribes Of Monsters and Men Bjork Madonna Santigold Lazzy Lung Razorlight Snoopdog Black Lips
I also made some self rewards myself this year, plus a gift from Steve Caballero, in exchange of my original sketch and a print of the artwork I made for SOLE DXB for Vans’ Half Cab.
I hope this year will be better, I’ve been hearing this a lot, that it’s better to count your blessings, than remembering the things that frustrates you, we want ourselves to be happy, and with that we pay it forward, so for this year, let’s strive to find happiness, despite all the things that let’s us down, let’s find the things that strengthen us, and find a way to let the negative vibes out of our lives. hopefully this year, i’ll end and cut off that string of negative vibe that’s been holding me back for almost 3 years, and I pray it will lead me to a better one that will allow me to keep me going, and hopefully pay my bank debts, hahahahaha! And to wrap things up, here’s an interview I did late last year for I AM AN ARTIST