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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!