30 Minute Portrait – Angelo

Angelo Maniquis

Laughter brightens a day,Β 
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! πŸ˜€

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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With Every Breath

With Every Breath

by Sixpence None the Richer and Jars of Clay

Hallelujah from the heavens
Hallelujah in the heights above the earth
Hallelujah all His angels
Hallelujah for the last will be first
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord

Hallelujah in the morning
Hallelujah for the beauty of His scars
Hallelujah in the twilight
Hallelujah sun and moon and shining stars
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord

When the night seems so long (throw your hands to the sky)
You can sing a new song (wipe the tears from your eyes)
When you’re weak, He is strong
He can heal your wounded soul
And calm the storm inside

For all your times of laughter
In every hopeful prayer
When the world weighs on your shoulders
Through sorrow and your despair
With everything, with every breath, praise the Lord
Let everything, let every breath praise the Lord
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord
Let everything, let every breath praise the Lord

When the night seems so long (throw your hands to the sky)
You can sing a new song (wipe the tears from your eyes)
When you’re weak, He is strong
He can heal your wounded soul
And calm the storm inside


Indie Saturday features the song “With Every Breath” this Black Saturday. It is a beautiful and soulful song worth listening to on this Lenten season.

Aside from that, this song is important for me because it helped me in one of my darkest moments. I have written in my description the sentence “Music is my medicine, art is my life.” And this particular song has become my medicine on one of my toughest time. And singing and playing this on guitar had calmed my troubled self. So today, I just wish to share this song to you. πŸ™‚

Have a blessed Black Saturday. πŸ™‚

~ Melonaide

Friends

You can be friends with the whole world, but only a few can stay true. πŸ™‚

~ Melonaide

The Water Dragon

HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

What I drew today is a Water Dragon in celebration of the Chinese New Year. This year, they call it year of the water dragon. So, before I start drawing, I looked up in google images how a water dragon generally looks like. (I didn’t copy someone else’s work :P) I don’t wanna draw a dragon that don’t look like a dragon! LOL. I want my dragon to look pretty so, I chose it to make it look as such. I don’t want it to appear scary~ πŸ˜€

So, there you go…I intended to color it blue but the timer ran out. I even had to put up 8 minutes just to finish shading. My eyes won’t be so satisfied looking at unshaded feet and tail. Doing a drawing only for 30 minutes risks the quality of an artwork. But, oh well…I have to set aside my perfectionist/critical side to go on with this project. Have a great lunar year ahead. Have fun everyone! πŸ˜€

~ Melonaide

My Practice Guitar

So, this is my practice guitar…well, I actually don’t have any other guitar and this one is the guitar that everyone uses at home. I don’t have my own guitar at the moment 😦 But I plan to buy a nice new one with a cool sound once I got the budget for it. lol! Speaking of this guitar I drew, it is a guitar locally made in our country – Philippines. Please don’t ask me what wood it is made of and what kind of strings it got, or any other details I’m unaware of. LOL.

Like this 30 minute art, I am practicing playing guitar with a book guide (self-study). I decided to practice guitar only after I made the art because pressing the strings hurt my fingers. I am left-handed when it comes to drawing, but since guitars are usually made for right-handed people, I get used to holding the guitar in a right-handed manner. That’s where the conflict arises. My hands will go shaky if I play guitar before drawing.

Btw, there’s nothing extraordinary about the guitar, I just drew it since it’s the most available subject around my room. lol! Hope you like it! Β πŸ˜€

~ MelonaideΒ 

Doro the Great

My Cat

Here is my cat – Doro. He rather look a little scary in my drawing, but not really…lol. This cat has his own charm. His distinctive character is that he only goes around with people ‘he knows’. I’m not even sure cats can recognize people. Whenever there are new people he’ll surely disappear somewhere. Can cats actually recognize their owner just by looking? I would loved to be enlightened.

I don’t think I drew him properly. (He’s supposed to look cuter not scarier,,,haha) I might be doing more illustrations of my cat in the future. πŸ™‚

~ Melonaide

Pocket Watch

I owe myself two posts so, what I made today is a 40 minute one. It seems that the days that I didn’t get to post art are the days of protest against SOPA and PIPA bills. I think it’s a bit of a coincidence but, I like to help protest against it if it will do something against our freedom on the internet. Oh well, I don’t think I need to explain stuffs about it. It’s all over the net. Anyways back to the art, I just decided to draw my pocket watch I bought on a store. It’s not antique though. But I love it because it reminds me of the rabbit in Alice in the Wonderland. Hope you like it. πŸ™‚

~ Melonaide