The Road to Drawing (or Writing) My Heart Out

Between mid-2015 and now, I’ve become fond of writing, doodling, and calligraphy. I’ve been following amazing people such as Abbey Sy, Liss Letters, and Seb Lester, and doodled (or wrote) for projects around the metro.

I’ve been drawing ever since I was a kid, but when I entered architecture school, I somewhat lost the knack for it and succumbed to technical drawings composed of straight lines and sharp curves. I didn’t draw as much as I used to anymore, but found myself doodling on meeting notes, unruled papers, or even at the back of receipts.

I guess drawing and doodling never left me after all.

Towards the beginning of 2016, I’ve been semi-embarking on a “daily project”, where I normally write quotes, lyrics, or just random phrases on one of my unruled notebooks and post them on Facebook. I really enjoy doing it, plus it’s kind of an avenue for me to become an encouragement to others — even though it’s just through a few words on a sheet of paper.

Living Proof
Lyrics from “Grace Wins” by Matthew West
Quote from Moriarty in the Special Episode of Sherlock: “The Abominable Bride”.

As these quotes had been building up on my Facebook account, one friend encouraged me to put up an Instagram account for all of those shenanigans. I wasn’t really planning on putting any of them up in IG since I had dedicated my own account to travel photos and daily views. Plus, compared to all those people I mentioned at the beginning of this post and so much more, I’m an amateur — a left-handed amateur at that. Tools didn’t work for me (I bought a brush pen in January this year so that I could try my hand at calligraphy, only to leave it incredibly worn out after an hour of use) and I was the least bit patient. I was scared of how my work would fare compared to those that you see when you search for the images tagged #calligraphy or #handwriting.

“Even legends start out as amateurs.”

I read this quote somewhere on the Internet, and I realized its truth. Even the best of the best start out as novices, the experts start out as students, and the wolves start out as whelps. No one starts out being the best at what they do — they learn, they practice, and they run with their passion.

I am blessed and fortunate that I get to run after my own passion, work with it, and polish it. And so, here I am… starting out as a left-handed letterer-slash-doodler with a scribble notebook on IG.

I re-loved my own font, a handwriting I’ve been using since I was 17; and appreciated how my normal was beautiful in the eyes of others.

Dan Harmon
From “Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon

I realized I sucked at writing script, and re-learned writing it — dropping the use of the brush pen, and winging it like an illustration.

Le Festin
From “Le Festin” (The Feast) by Camille Dalmais. The idea came about after watching Ratatouille, where the song is part of the OST. First whack at writing script… it was a good thing that the quote was in French).

I rediscovered the joy of drawing nature and of architecture, and drew the words of others that come from the heart.

Tamang Panahon
“Tamang Pag-Ibig sa Tamang Panahon” (The Right Love at the Right Time) by Paul de Vera. Quote and translation below:

Nakikita raw ang Tamang Pag-ibig sa Tamang Panahon
Ang sagot ko: ‘Wag mo sanang ikakahon…
Sa dami ng posibleng mangyari araw-araw,
Malay mo makasalubong ko ang pag-ibig isang araw.

They say you would find the Right Love at the Right Time;
My response: Please don’t box it in…
With a lot of possibilities that may happen each day,
Who knows? I might bump into love one day.

I started to challenge myself to go beyond what I think I could do… and the results were my very own personal achievements.

Isn’t it amazing how the mightiest command which enables one to move, to run, and to follow is embodied by just two letters?

Lastly, I realized that I can always improve my craft, regardless of how good it already seems to me. I am thankful for a lot of friends who continue to push me beyond what I can normally do, who inspire me with their works and words, and who are — at one way or another — avenues of opportunities that the Lord uses for me to be able to practice this newfound-slash-rekindled love for writing and drawing.

Although it isn’t really part of my day job, it is one of the few things that lets my head wander off in creativity; so pay or no pay, I’m just glad I have this platform to just create something. 🙂 At present, I’m excitedly working on my sister’s wedding collaterals — a project I’m glad to take on and is, of course, entirely close to my heart.

Here’s to a new old adventure I’m setting off to — and I hope and pray that you find yours too! 🙂


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Tracey says:

    What an inspiring post. Your talent is quite evident. Keep drawing and lettering!


    1. Angel says:

      Thank you! I will! 🙂


  2. Your work is fantastic! Love your style and your story of coming back to the art! Thanks or sharing.


    1. Angel says:

      Thanks, Jessica! Looking forward to doing more of these in the future. 🙂 God bless you! 🙂


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