UPDATE January 8, 2014: Already past midnight. Actually, almost 4 AM in my timezone. Couldn't sleep or do any more work so I thought I'd do another round of uploads. Still working on a few more sketches and have also resumed work on the pending color pics so expect another update in the next few days. I also still have a bunch of color pics from way back to upload, but I'll reserve those for the next round as well.
By the way, I will be ending the $12 sketch sale soon. I will probably take in just one more batch or orders, then it's back to normal prices. Thanks again, my friends, for the support!
If you have questions about commissions or are interested in getting one (details below), please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. DA note is fine, too, but I check my e-mail more often than I do my notes so you'll get a quicker response there.
Meantime, good day, everyone!
UPDATE Dec. 28, 2013:
First off, a belated Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and advanced Happy New Year to all! Been busy with work and other stuff offline so I haven't been able to log into DA since my last update. Sorry for not being able to reply to the comments and notes in a timely manner. Most of my recent online activities were restricted to e-mail and checking out news about my hometown. Seems school will be resuming this January, so that means my family and I will be moving back to Tacloban around the 2nd week so the kids can resume their studies, and so that I can effect repairs and restore my place back to how it was pre-Haiyan. I'm happy to be going back after 2 months (the longest I've ever been away from home!), but at the same time, a tiny bit apprehensive as my city is still healing and a lot of the infrastructure and economic centers are not back in place yet. Hopefully, though, power in our village will have been restored by then. In fact I also hear that the city proper has already been re-powered so I'm optimistic it won't be long for our turn to come. In any case, progress in general seems to be moving smoothly and, thanks to my people's resiliency and to the unselfish assistance from all corners of the world, my city's future is no longer looking as bleak as it did immediately after the storm. Thanks as well to those who extended their support to me specifically. You are all cool people. I really appreciate it.
Now, time for some gallery updates! I wasn't able to upload everything during my last session so I'm going to continue bombarding you guys some more pics today. I'll also be uploading some of the black-and-white sketches afterwards. I'll also be going through the comments and notes later on. My apologies in advance, as I might not be able to reply to individual comments, but rest assured, every one's appreciated! I'll also be sure to get to you if you have queries and stuff.
About commissions, my $12 sketches are still open so if you're interested, e-mail me at email@example.com. E-mail is good as I check it more often than I do my notes in DA. I will not be re-opening my standard commissions yet, though I will be resuming work on the pending ones starting this week. Right now I'm working on the remaining black and white sketches. Again, thanks for the help extended me, I'm using a computer again! Not connected to the internet, but at least I can draw on it heh.
Update 2 : Upload was taking long so I skipped the rest of the standard color pics and went straight to uploading some of the black and white sketches so they can serve as samples. Here are a few specific pics.
You can also find other samples here:
PS: I know I originally said $12 for single characters only, but if you want to have more characters in a pic, it's okay. Each additional character would be $7, though max would be 4 characters in a single pic (but no police line-up type arrangement, please,
). Again, please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org for commission request or inquiry. My Paypal is also email@example.com.
Original Post, around Nov. 23, 2013:
Glad to be finally back to DA after months of absence! Got a lot of stuff that I did while I was away that needs uploading. But, first:I just went through days of hell!
Almost 2 weeks ago, Tacloban City, my hometown, was decimated by Haiyan.
Most of my people were left with no food, water, shelter and future. There was no power and no communication with the outside world. Government aid, if there was any attempt at it at all at that time, failed to reach us. We were left to tend to ourselves.
Three desperate days later I decided to get out of the city with my wife and 3 kids. Food and water were getting scarcer and the fact that inmates from the local prisons had escaped during the calamity and were running loose wasn't helping warm the spirits. There were also reports of rebels coming down from the mountains, and no police was in sight. There was no other choice. We walked more than 10 kilometers to the airport in the rain, abandoning our home, dragging only the essentials with us. There were dead bodies in the sidewalks, and the places we passed stank of decay, but somehow they were less of a concern to us than simply surviving and getting out of the city.
We spent almost 3 days in the airport (also practically flattened by the storm but still operable) but there were more people there than there were planes to carry everyone. We slept on wet floor on one occasion. We were starving and dehydrated. I, myself, was weak, and I swear I thought I was close to dying. Fortunately, I stumbled into some kind souls who helped us out along the way and we made it. We didn't get that plane ride out of the city like we intended, but we did eventually manage to hitch a ride on a navy ship to a larger city west of us, Cebu.
That was the short of it. What my family and I went through, and the stories shared between friends and relatives, I can probably write a good-sized book about it. But right now it's time to think of another type of survival: economic.
I am glad the whole family made it, and I wish my story ends there, but the reality is that we now we have to start life anew and from scratch.
Right now, I need to raise funds for a new computer and to help defray expenses while away from home. The computer I will use to draw commissions.That's the only livelihood option I have left for now. In some way, I finally got my wish, I guess.
I am therefore offering B/W sketches (sample below) for $12 each for the time being.
I hope to resume the regular commissions as soon as I've raised enough money to invest on an entry-level PC. I managed, at least, to bring my Wacom with me so I got that covered. And the commissions I had been working on, as well as the finished pics, I was able to save on my tablet so it's just a matter of resuming work on them. So if anyone's willing to help out, please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the visual references and descriptions. I can only do single characters at the moment as I still have to get used to drawing with actual pencils and ink again. I can accept payment through paypal at email@example.com as well.
Thank you and more power to you guys.
PS: In the next hour, I will be unloading some of the pics from my tablet and upload them to my gallery. Please excuse the mass submission.
PSS: Thanks to fellow artists John Becaro and Josh Paraiso for sending help my way and helping me get things started. And thanks, John, for keeping eye on my gallery while I was away!
PSSS (or however it's done): I've been reading the comments, and it warms my heart seeing the concern you've shown for me. Thank you, everyone!