Pabgha's First Giveaway by Pabgha Vaaj

I recently posted about doing a giveaway on my Facebook and Instagram; the winner will receive one pin out of the ones shown. The items are handmade pins and fan-art from the original series of Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi. It'll end on June 30th, 2018, at 11:59 PM, and the winner will be announced on July 1st, 2018, in the afternoon. I'm super thrilled, for this is what I wanted to do for a long time. It was whether to put all my planning into action, and it is finally happening! #pabghartGA1

  How to Enter : 1.) Follow my Facebook/Instagram account and like the post there 2.) Tag 2 friends who would like this series OR would like my work in the comment. **Completing all of these will give you 2 entries.    Deadline : June 30th, 2018, at 11:59pm (US Central Timezone) 

How to Enter:
1.) Follow my Facebook/Instagram account and like the post there
2.) Tag 2 friends who would like this series OR would like my work in the comment.
**Completing all of these will give you 2 entries. 

Deadline: June 30th, 2018, at 11:59pm (US Central Timezone) 


About the Giveaway
It's only within the U.S.A. only. I originally wanted to do international, but that'll wait for next time. I'm sorry to my art buddies and supporters outside of U.S. The winner will receive one pin out of the one shown, and I made nine pins. This giveaway is awesome especially those who love this series. If interested and want to enter, go on Facebook (Pabgha) or Instagram and follow the instructions. 

F.A.Q
- Within U.S.A only
- Not sponsoring anything
- Must have a Facebook and/or Instagram Account to participate
 


About the Pins
As mentioned before, all of them are handmade, fan-art, and plastic. It's my first time having a complete set, and they turned out to be adorable. Before baking them, I worked on one character at a time. The work would seem tedious and long; I drew the sketch on paper, did the line-art by putting the plastic paper on top, and colored by using Prismacolor pencils. The cutting takes time because the plastic paper can be fragile especially on the tight edges. After baking, there's the coating, sealing, coating, and sanding. Most of all, the most time is spent on resting. Leaving it alone. 

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That's it about the giveaway. Thanks for your time reading this post and have a awesome rest of day.
- Pabgha

My February's WIP Artworks and Insights Part A by Pabgha Vaaj

Hello Awesome Individuals,

In any artworks that I made before 2016, I had this habit of cutting out the desired image. I did that to decrease clutter in my art bin, and the images were only for my eyes. I realized that this method looked unprofessional and messy especially when I post them online in my website.  None of my recent completed artworks have been uploaded because I haven't scanned them in yet. However, there will be a spam of them very soon. 

For now, for this post, I'll be sharing some of my insights of a couple of my work-in-progress artworks (old to recent). 

 I was inspired to do this from PearFluer, one of my favorite Youtuber- Artists, and one of her videos talked about painting an artwork by using one pigment. In this artwork, I chose blue. Her eyes are slightly off; however, it doesn't concern me. Another thing that I'm challenging myself is using more than half of the paper size. I have this tendency of being frugal and only using not even half of the paper. I'm starting to like drawing big because I could add more details to make the overall finer. 

I was inspired to do this from PearFluer, one of my favorite Youtuber- Artists, and one of her videos talked about painting an artwork by using one pigment. In this artwork, I chose blue. Her eyes are slightly off; however, it doesn't concern me. Another thing that I'm challenging myself is using more than half of the paper size. I have this tendency of being frugal and only using not even half of the paper. I'm starting to like drawing big because I could add more details to make the overall finer. 

 This is a similar from the previous one above except I used a marker instead. I drew various shapes, switched over to a ink pen, and doodled bunch of faces. The ones without initials except that orange box are drawn by me. I had no idea that I could draw these kind of face. To me, I find this is a good method to break out of the same-face syndrome. 

This is a similar from the previous one above except I used a marker instead. I drew various shapes, switched over to a ink pen, and doodled bunch of faces. The ones without initials except that orange box are drawn by me. I had no idea that I could draw these kind of face. To me, I find this is a good method to break out of the same-face syndrome. 

I bought this watercolor papers that are postcard size (Strathamore). These are my most recent artworks. When I worked on the girl singing proudly that magically brought stars out, it was the time when I finished all my college applications. I was tremendously happy. After I finished that one, I flipped to the next one and drew that boy. When one unleash his/her/their passion, it could pass on and inspire the other. Both of those images are related to one another. As for the third one, she's one of my original character - Lovisa. 

I keep the finished artwork in the book. Until all of them are finished, I'll considered it as "complete". 


These are the recent artworks that I'm working on. I spent my Valentine hanging out with elders, listening to their adventures, and with myself painting on my postcards. I tend to hang out solo on this particular day anyway. However, next post will be about these completed gorgeous and other future works. Thanks for your time reading this and stay awesome. - Pabgha

Branching Out.... by Pabgha Vaaj

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Hello Awesome Individuals,

Even though it's been 18 days late, first off, happy new year. Every day can't be awesome, but may there be something awesome in each day. Back in October, I began my Inktober journey. I became excited and had a journal ready; however, halfway to the end of the pages was drawn by my niece and nephews. I managed to be on it for ten days, and that's better than 2015. Let's see, I've been branching out my artworks on potential products. I feel having my artwork in a portrait could only go so far; I want my artworks on things that people can use and/or send as gifts. 

I enjoy doing arts and crafts; they're fun to do. I spent some time learning how to do DIY rubber stamps and pins by using those shrinkable plastic sheets When I go to the arts and craft store and stop by the stamp section, I don't find what I really want. I began making my own, and it's incredibly fun. Drawing the design is one thing, but I enjoy carving. 
 

As for the pins, I tried various methods from being cheap to just buy the sheets. After 20+ trial and error leading to failed attempts, I found a method that works for me. I enjoy making pins too. Although they are time-consuming, the process is very enjoyable. I like creating cute doodles, paint with acrylics or permanent markers, bake them, and glaze them. 

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So, these are one of the many things that I finally got the hang of it. As of now, I'm working on packaging. Yay, oh what fun of things to do. I delayed doing some bigger artworks because I'm working on a couple college applications. I should be done after the first week of February, and I will be FREE. I look forward to working with artworks every day. 

Thank you for your time reading this and have a awesome good morning, afternoon, evening, and night. Till then, peace out and stay awesome. 

My Remedy Attack on Art Block by Pabgha Vaaj

Art block is a condition when the artist is unable to genuinely gain joy and produce creative ooze from the things that he/she/they may do. Like playing a classic RPG game, art block reminds me of those bosses that become tougher, smarter, and scary every time. It challenges the user whether we can conquer and restore peace once for all. 

I believe that we all experience this at some point in different stages of our life, and we handle this differently.  I'll be sharing my remedies how I overcome and/or prepare myself for this kind of condition. Some of these methods are actions I've done and others were adopted while reaching out in the art community. Gooo art community! 
 

Here's what I do as of now: 

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1. Redraw Older Artworks
I have a couple of folders where I stash my best old artworks; I would go through them and choose a couple artworks to redraw. This method has helped me see the significant improvement, and I become amazed how much my style has changed. 
 

2. Schedule Art Buddy Time
Most of my art buddies live all over the world. Due to different time zones and our busy schedules, we only get together once or twice a month over on Skype or LINE. Often times, while creating artwork, we have conversations on tough topics (i.e. art block, art theft, materials, being inspired, etc.) and/or enjoy each others' company in silence. It's often quiet, yet it's relaxing. This topic is the most popular, and it pops up in most of the conversation. I was inspired to blog about this topic from my friends (shout-out to the Kyuute Group). I like doing artwork solo, but it doesn't hurt being in a space with others who have similar interests. 

3. Self-Reflection Time
This is a mental break where I reflect about my choices, why I do art, and what actions that would help me move forward long term and short term. Another thing to consider about is whether it's worth fighting for as well. Sometimes, I think about it while taking walks, write it out in my journal, or express it vocally. 

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4.  Re-learn the Skill and/or Learn a New Skill
Yeah. I got this advice from listening to one of Bobby Chiu's Youtube videos. I signed up for Skillshare and engaged in different courses in there and in Schoolism (only the monthly subscription). Listening to others' experiences, knowledge, wisdom, and/or tips, their energy or message is positively contagious. 
I'm currently in Gesture Drawing by Alex Woo.  Although I've done gesture drawing before, learning it again and from another perspective is interesting. I'm learning something that I know. 

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5. Have Fun
If you're not having fun in something you love to do, something is up. To me, I have a playlist of cheesy upbeat love songs. While working on my artwork, I'll be jamming at the same time. 

So, those who are a few things that I do. These methods aren't perfect, but these are what's been helpful for me. Also, if you have followed my previous blogs, I apologize for being in MIA for a long time. I'm back and will be posting more consistent. Thank you for your patience and your time checking this out. I hope you may have gain some ideas. Till then, stay awesome. Peace out. 

 

Pabgha Illustrations at The Little Mekong Night Market 2017 by Pabgha Vaaj

                 

The Little Mekong Night Market is only two days away, and I'm very excited being part of this event. The event is an inspiration of the Southeast Asian night market. I've gone there every year when it's held; most of my money is spent on the food. Beside the food, there are different performances to watch, arts and craft activities, etc. It's a family-oriented and/or event for all ages. 

This year, they are collaborating with Northern Spark.  Northern Spark is a all night art festival. I've never attended any of their events before which also add more excitement. I know that they are another art organization and very active visually expressing issues/themes.

For more information, check out the website: http://www.littlemekong.com/  and https://2017.northernspark.org/


I'll be with Ele.fut (http://www.elefut.com/) a collaborative artist group that I'm in, and will be selling my print artworks. It's my first time selling my artworks and being part of this event--- behind the scenes. I've only gone there for an hour and as a participant. 

I look forward to have little rest time, being outside with the humidity, and having a great time. I'll share more about it next week.

So, if you're in Minnesota and nearby the Twin Cities, come and enjoy this event. Thanks for your time reading this and peace out - Pabgha

My Official YouTube Channel "Pabgha" by Pabgha Vaaj

Heey Awesome Individuals, 

Happy June! Another exciting news that I have for y'all: 

I made my official YouTube channel in May 2017. Having a YouTube channel has been in my top art goal list since Fall 2016. It took me till recently to finally do it because I encountered a couple obstacles. 

First Reason: Lack of basic equipment for video editing and recording. For the most part, for the speed-paints in my Instagram. I recorded my earlier speed-paint videos from my cellphone and then worked on video editing on the laptop. I switched over from cellphone to my digital camera (Canon Power Shoot A2300). I like the results better; I'm less recording-time cautious, save phone battery life and storage space, and can record the artwork at night without worrying about the yellow dim lights  from my desk lamp. 

Second Reason: Inconsistent routine and adjusting it into my schedule. 

 Ah, my sweet art habits life of the routine for speedpaint videos: 1. I generate ideas or BRAINSTORM 2. Once I have 2-3 ideas that I want to put on the artwork, I begin to draw. 3. I draw, draw, draw, and draw until (a) I'm satisfied and (b) my lines aren't awkward. I define this part as the "WARM-UP VERSION".  [Step 1 - 3 can take days, weeks, or even months. It's the longest for preparation.] 4. I set up my art space and begin the "SERIOUS VERSION".

Ah, my sweet art habits life of the routine for speedpaint videos:
1. I generate ideas or BRAINSTORM
2. Once I have 2-3 ideas that I want to put on the artwork, I begin to draw.
3. I draw, draw, draw, and draw until (a) I'm satisfied and (b) my lines aren't awkward. I define this part as the "WARM-UP VERSION". 
[Step 1 - 3 can take days, weeks, or even months. It's the longest for preparation.]
4. I set up my art space and begin the "SERIOUS VERSION".

Step 4 and onward (which is the video editing and uploading it into different social platforms) is usually the easier workload.

Instead of doing this in ONE day, I expand the work throughout the week. So far, I find this routine helps me greatly. I'm happier and feel less stress. Also, I try to finish the artwork before the deadline (*cough* Sunday *cough*). On the day of the deadline, I focus more on video editing, uploading, and publishing it. In my YouTube, I only have 8 subscribers with an average of 120 views. It's not a lot, but, to me, it's better than a ZERO. It's rewarding, and I'm happy. 

Thanks for checking out this page and your time reading this. I hope you have a awesome beginning days of Juuune. Peace out. - Pabgha

Catching Up by Pabgha Vaaj

Hello Awesome Individuals,

It has been a long time since I've uploaded anything here. I assure y'all that I haven't forgotten about this place. I didn't want to blog something that had little to no context. A couple stepping stones and/or opportunities have happened since mid-February, and I'm very excited to share with y'all. For today, I'll be sharing one of them. 

 Alrighty, let's get to it. 


Tree Giving *Inspired*  Logo Design
In the beginning of March, I was contacted by one of the partnership staffs from Union House Elementary school in Sacramento, California, to create a logo design. The logo design was going to be used on their tote bags for the faculties during Teacher Appreciation Week. I collaborated with Victoria Vang (her website link will be down below). She's a awesome graphic designer, and we made the design together. 

So, *above* those were the original sketches that I sent. I designed the logo based on the event's main theme (tree giving) along the school's values, goals, and community vibe. As for the digital artwork, this was done by Victoria.

 A couple highlights about the visual theme: 

  • Type of Tree: Nature Oak (one of Sacramento sacred trees)
  • Heart shape trunk: Represent the foundation of the school staffs and faculties
  •  Abstract leaves: representing the diversity community
  • Astronaut: their school mascot (relating to hugging the tree theme) 

I'm happy because the design will be used and remembered. In addition, the logo was expanded, not only used on the tote bag, and used in stickers, posters, cards, banners, etc. I received positive feedback, and many of the staffs and faculties loved it. Mission accomplished. 

From onward, I'll be posting a blog every Thursday (unless I inform that I won't be able to). Sometimes, it'll be about the past or incoming opportunities that I'm experiencing, tutorials, and/or what I've been up in my artworks. I thank you for your time reading and/or checking this out. Stay tuned and peace out. - Pabgha

Victoria's website: http://victoriakabvang.com/ 

Starting Out.... by Pabgha Vaaj


Starting out for the very first time reminds me of going for a swim in the lake after its been underneath that icy layer for months. Every step forward into the freezing water gives me the chills. I look back seeing the dry land for escape; however, the longer I stay somehow makes the water temperature warmer. Therefore, starting out new is difficult. It can be uncomfortable and shocking at first. However, once one become accustomed to it, it's hardly noticeable and can even become liberating.