30 Minute Portrait – Angelo

Angelo Maniquis

Laughter brightens a day, 
Uplifts a soul, complaints go away.
Whoever you are, in whatever state you may be,
Find your happiness and let it be!
– Melonaide

The guy in the portrait is Angelo Maniquis, the owner of the blog Fete Design and Print. He’s a versatile artist who takes photos and videos of events, and he makes other souvenir items worth checking out. And it also happens to be his birthday today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANGELO! 😀

PS: I used charcoal pencil this time, a regular graphite pencil and a small piece of cotton for shading. I’m starting to get the hang out of drawing fast portraits. Just let me know if you want me to make you a portrait too in the comments below. This the 3rd out of 300, I sure will need a lot more faces. lol.

I hope you like it. Have a great day!

– Melonaide

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30 Minute Portrait : Angela and her son

Angela Nevitt

“A mother is the truest friend we have,
when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us;
when adversity takes the place of prosperity;
when friends desert us;
when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us,
and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness,
and cause peace to return to our hearts.”

― Washington Irving

This is a portrait of a beautiful woman who loves her son so dearly. She is Angela Nevitt the author of the blog oneincreation.  I’m not sure if I have drawn the resemblance well, but I sure hope I had captured the love going on between a mother and son.

If you want me to draw you a 30 minute portrait just tell me in the comments below. 🙂

I hope you like it. Have a blessed Sunday!

Melonaide

Shoot it, Sketch it: Yawning Doro

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Yawning Doro

This is my cat Doro, short for “Dorotheo the Great“,
formerly called as Dorothy when we thought he was a girl until he grew up with balls. LOL.

Yesterday, I browsed some blogs in the Art tag and I saw something interesting –  “Shoot it, Sketch it” in Bec’s blog (Clouds of Colour). It’s where you capture a photo and then draw it. I think this will be a great Monday regular post. This photo took me an hour to create. But I still didn’t get the ear right or the head proportion. haha. Well, I guess Doro can forgive me for that…(or else he’ll be deprived of his beloved food).  Just kidding, don’t sue me for animal rights! lol. 😀

I hope you enjoyed my Monday post, have a great week ahead! 😀

~ Melonaide

Dancing Along the Colors of Time

Dancing into the Colors of Time

Dancing along the colors of time,
Experiencing and witnessing the great sublime…
We have the capacity to be the heroes of our time,
Where in greatness will be our only crime.

Dance gracefully with the life that we received,
Regardless of whatever disposition we might currently be.
Whatever we seek that’s what we shall find,
So let it be beautiful, colorful and grand.

~ Melonaide

Fascinated by the Light

Fascinated by the Light

The light that dances at the palm of your hands,

Waiting for you to grasp and be found. 🙂

~ Melonaide

Slow Yet Strong as a Tree

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Behind the tree I ponder on things,
About life, love, anything and everything.
Things didn’t go as fast as I wanted,
Stuffs didn’t finish as soon as I planned.
So I thought, “Is this really worth it?”
Failure, lots of failure, “Am I fit to be it?”
And then I felt the hard wood on my back.
As if the tree is trying to mock.
In defense I thought “Ha, don’t you laugh!
Your leaves fall through the blow of the wind,
Just like how I fall on problems I try to solve.
And you, fast? Don’t make me laugh!
It takes years and years for you to be fully grown,
Just like how slow it takes to reach my goal.
But strong…oh yes, we go stronger in every fall.”
It’s then I realize that it’s alright –
Not to be as fast as others,
Not to be perfect in just one trial,
To fail and learn one stumble at a time.
If it takes years to complete a fruit bearing tree,
It wouldn’t hurt if it takes years for me to get my dream.
I may be slow, but I’ll be as strong as a tree.

~Melonaide

 

Me in the Year 2012

 

2012 doodle

This is the very first day of the year 2013…but before I can fully embrace the new year I decided to make a quick reflection on what I did in the year 2012 within 30 minutes of doodling in my journal. Well, I’m also quite glad that the world didn’t end in 2012. *sigh of relief* 😀

2012 has been my year of new beginnings, the year when I dared to do the things that are so easy to give up on or too easy to put aside when there’s “enough time for it.” I thought that if I always look for a better time for trying great new things, I’ll never get it done. You might be curious if what are those things that I tried and learned this 2012, but that won’t be a surprise because it is obvious in my doodle. lol. But here it is.

1. I started this 30 minute art  Wordpress blog out of the hope that I can revive the artist that is sleeping deep inside me that has been dormant because I’m working in a different field. At first I didn’t expect any followers. 1 like on my work made me feel like I’m flying. Hahaha. At first few days, I only receive one or two likes at most, but I am happy because somebody took the time to read my blog.

2. I learned how to ride a bike. After so many years of wishing that I can ride one (envying the small kids who can ride it perfectly), I finally found the courage to learn it by myself even though I gained a lot of bruises in the process. But woot! I did it! 😀

3. I joined a Mixed Martial Arts class. I’m not sporty. My Physical Education teacher way back in High School was practically laughing at me whenever I hit a volleyball which barely bounced on my wrist falling directly on the ground…lol. FAIL. But I always admired the ladies on the movies that can actually defend themselves. So yeah, I started a free MMA class sponsored by my brother. I’m still a white belter, but who cares!

4. I learned how to play a ukulele. I received a ukulele as a gift from my brother. It’s so cute, easy to bring anywhere and the frets are smaller compared to the guitar, my hands can easily do the chords. I dared myself to play it on stage on our school’s Christmas Party, can’t sing much while playing, so I asked my co-teachers to sing.

5. I proved I can beat guys and lead on an online game. I always had thought that online games are for the guys. I initially started it with my two brothers but they eventually left the game until I became an alliance leader (along with other leaders) leading  an entire alliance with 100 members from all over the world. It’s been fun forming strategy with all the other players. I virtually met new gamer friends. We eventually won the crown before the year ends. I had to end it there and then and left the game all because it’s too time consuming. Especially when I started new hobbies like crazy!

This 2013, what I want to do is FOCUS ON THE ESSENTIAL. I’ve been all over the place with no definite goals. It created a big confusion on what I wanted to do with my life. I should let go of the things that will be bad for me so that I’d be available when the good opportunities arrive. Prioritize. Keep it simple. Try to be on time. *ugh* I am well known for being late. That’s something I should really work on. lol.

But anyway, it’s been a very long post…thanks for reading up to this point. Just wanna let you know that  you are also my inspiration in posting on this blog. Thanks so much. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

With lots of love,

Melonaide  🙂