Climbing to a Brand New Year

Ladder to Rooftop

It’s the first day of a brand new year
But there’s nothing extravagant, no out of town vacations or so
Just me flooding with thoughts of last year and the year to come.
What have I accomplished last year?
Any great stuffs or stories to tell?
Yeah, some stuffs here and there that may or may not bore
the lucky or  unlucky person to hear my ramblings.
So, here I went trying to order from the menu of the universe
thinking of things I want to achieve this year.
But thinking so hard makes me sleepy.
Or maybe I’m just thinking harder than I’m supposed to.
So before I end the day soaked with my own mixture of thoughts
I decided to see the sun as it sets on the first day of 2014
with a little challenge – to climb on the rooftop.
I have no trouble with heights, but I sure has one on the thought of falling.
But silly as it sounds, there goes my first challenge of the year.
Thank God nobody saw me in my funny pursuit.
Trying to look cool is the least of my concern at the moment
as I make my way up.
You see, the ladder we got isn’t the safest one you’ll ever want.
But it’s good enough to get there as long as I’ll conquer the fear.
As I finally succeed in getting there, heart shaking,
Seeing the 360 degree view of the sky is very rewarding.
As I lay there I could see the birds fly over me.
Seeing nothing but blue and orange and the cool breeze is ecstatic.
This is what every sociable introverts  like me want from time to time –
a place for peaceful isolation, a sanctuary.
As I greet the setting sun, I saw the first star of the night.
I thought that the star resides on a great height.
To conquer heights, you must conquer your fears of falling.
You cannot go up if you are too afraid of falling down.
“I can do that too.”
And then there goes the hardest part – going down.
I’m just glad nobody’s around to witness
my astounding awkward way of going down.
But it’s all worth it.
Many challenges awaits on this brand new year.
Yes, I am scared to fail…but it doesn’t matter.
If the prize of failing and trying is succeeding.

Happy New Year everyone!

~ Melonaide

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30 Minute Portrait – Ana

30 Minute Portrait No. 6

ANA MANGAHAS
Pencil Illustration (6B) on Plain White Paper (5.25″ x 5.5″)

This pretty lady, Ms. Ana volunteered herself to have her picture drawn in 30 Minute Art’s Facebook page. Although it took me so long before I could actually continue this project (she volunteered on April 17), I got myself starting once again. Ugh, I might be a big procrastinator, but rarely a quitter.  The culprit is: I accepted portrait jobs which of course took me weeks to accomplish.  Actually I almost got carried away on this one. This took me 45 mins. to finish (shhhh) hahaha. It would have taken really a long time once my perfectionism sets in. But anyways since this is 30 minute art, I could let my perfectionism rest and just do what I can do in a shorter period of time. I don’t have the time pleasure of meticulously measuring every details to make the portrait looks exactly as it is, so I’m pretty sure there might be some errors here and there, but I guess it’s always has been exciting  doing portraits within 30 minutes.

Well, I’m gonna run out of pictures to draw soon, (I only have 2 pictures on queue) so, if you want me to draw your 30 minute portrait, pls. like the 30 minute art page (you can click it on the right) and comment somewhere here or there that you want to be drawn, and I’ll draw your Facebook profile picture. 🙂

Have a great day!

Melonaide

30 Minute Art Portrait – Michelle

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MICHELLE ZACHARKO
(www.artgluttony.com)
Pencil Illustration (H) on Plain White Paper (6″ x 7″)

This pretty lady is Michelle whom I have known as emjayzed here on WordPress. We challenged each other before to make an origami crane (The Wishing Crane). She is a fun person, do check out her site! If you want me to draw your portrait under the time pressure of 30 minutes as well, do say so on the comments below, and I’d be really glad to draw you as my next model. 😀

Have a great day!

Melonaide

30 Minute Portrait – April

004 - April Salvador

Life is full of beauty.
Notice it. Notice the bumble bee,
the small child, and the smiling faces.
Smell the rain, and feel the wind.
Live your life to the fullest potential,
and fight for your dreams.
– Ashley Smith 

 

The pretty girl on the portrait is April Salvador. I used her picture on the beach. I just love how the air messed with her hair . It doesn’t look exactly like that, but I guess I had fun drawing her hair.  If you want me to draw your portrait, don’t hesitate to tell me in the comments below. 🙂

Anyway I hope you are having fun. Have a great day!

Melonaide

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

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

30 Minute Portrait : Visia

Ate Vi

Hurray! Here goes the first portrait for my 30 minute art project. But not really the first ( see Timmy ).

The girl on the drawing is my sister-in-law, Visia. Even though I am still planning to do this little project of making fast portraits for study, she already asked me to do her portrait. Aside from that, it just happened to be her birthday yesterday. (Happy Birthday Sis!)  

On the process of making this portrait, I was wondering what medium to use. I am even thinking of using ink or colored pencils. But I might not finish it on time so, the fastest medium is just the simple and common graphite pencil.

And oh btw, you may find it a bit similar to Artboy68’s 100 portrait project although mine is under time pressure.. lol XD.
That artist is amazing! Do check his art out.

As for me, this is just a simple study on doing fast portraits for practice. I tend to be a little too perfectionist on my art that I consume a lot of time on every commercial portrait that I do. In doing this, I hope to be able to discover my own art style and make it a little more spontaneous and fun.

I hope you like my drawing! If you want me to draw your portrait just let me know on the comments below. 🙂

Have a great day!

~ Melonaide