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Drawings, sketches, doodles, and occasional, random stories by Wedgie, an illustrator/graphic designer in Manila, Philippines. For finished work, check out my website http://www.wedgienet.net.  

 

 

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I came across an article via Twitter last night. The premise is if you could have coffee with yourself from ten years ago, what would you tell your younger self about who you are and what you’re like today? Would you make your younger self proud and happy with who you’ve become? It’s a really nice article that puts your present self in the perspective of an outsider who happens to be you, ten years ago. (article link: https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-10year-test-the-best-way-to-see-if-youre-on-the-right-career-track)

I’m a journaller— I’ve been in the habit of writing things down since I was 8 or 9. That article’s premise brought about introspection and a lengthy journal entry from my 2014 self to my 2004 self (which is timely as 2004 and 2014 Reg are both at milestone ages), just telling younger Reg a summary of all that’s happened in the last ten years. It’s only a summary but the journal entry took me three hours to write and I’m not even finished yet (I had to force myself to sleep as it was 3 am). A lot has happened in ten years— career changes, love, heartbreak, goals met, dreams abandoned, relationships/friendships forged and dying natural deaths, character building and personal growth/development, travels. At the end of it all though, I’m happy to say that 2004 Reg likes what 2014 Reg has become :)

A few years ago, a meme in illustrators’ circles went around where you draw what you’re like ten years ago and what you’re like now. I don’t think I participated in it then but I’m doing so now. The doodle above is just a shallow, casual, and candid representation of 2004 and 2014 Reg though; I’m not about to go over my personal details and experiences over the Internet!

From sketch to finish

Asker Anonymous Asks:
do you to draw realistic people? when did u start drawing?
wedgienet wedgienet Said:

Realistic people? Almost never. I could if I wanted to, but I don’t often want to. The drawing above is from 2011. Haven’t really drawn a realistic scene since.

I started drawing as soon as soon as I was able to hold a pencil, I suppose. But my earliest vivid memory of me drawing was when I was 4 years old. I drew a house and a sun and some clouds and painted it with watercolor. I ran out of blue paint for the sky so I painted parts of it black instead.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
What's your favourite ice cream flavour?
wedgienet wedgienet Said:

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Got a question for me? ASK ME and I’ll reply with a drawing/doodle in my downtime.

Some reef studies.

His name was David* and we were in second grade. We never talked. I thought he was very cute but not so much when he was in his PE uniform because the neckline of his shirt seemed too big for him.

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“Anong gusto mo sa kanya?” my dad asked.
“Cute siya,” I answered. “Pero minsan nangungulangot siya.”
My dad laughed. Even at 7 years old, I already had high standards.

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One day I was trying to get my stroller through the classroom aisle but couldn’t because my classmates’ bags were in the way. David was standing behind me and saw me struggling with my stroller. Without a word, he lifted up one end of my stroller over the bags so I could pass through. Problem solved. I was so flustered I didn’t say anything.

I recounted the incident to my classmates, Peggy and Christine, and told them I didn’t even say thank you. “Mag-thank you ka!” Peggy exclaimed. She and Christine egged me on to write a thank you note -slash- love letter to David (with their supervision). I don’t remember if I agreed to or I was doing so against my will but pretty soon, that’s what I was doing.

As I am writing this more than 20 years after it happened, I barely remember what was in the letter but I do remember the following:

1. The letter started out with, “Dear David, Thank you for carrying my stroller yesterday…” I’m not sure if I also told him I had a crush on him.

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2. I passed the note to David who was sitting two seats away on my left.
3. Christine, Peggy, and I watched him as he read the letter.
4. He read it, laughed thinking it was a joke, then balled up the note and threw it in our direction.
5. The balled up note hit me on my back. The three of us girls laughed along with David, as if it really was all a joke.
6. Truth be told, I felt hurt and I felt like crying. But I didn’t. One of the girls said, “Aww…”

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I crushed on David for several years. I was disappointed when we weren’t classmates in Grade 3. In fact, Grade 2 was the first and last time that David and I would ever be classmates. But I didn’t know that then.

In the summer before 4th grade started, I had to start wearing glasses. My first concern was that David wouldn’t recognize bespectacled me when we went back to school. Not that he would even notice me anyway. I was in my awkward pre-teen phase and I had become a thin, tall, gangly, and tomboy-ish four-eyed girl who played basketball.

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In Grade 5 my mom was looking through my school notebooks (after receiving word from my teacher that I don’t do the required exercises and draw on my books instead) and found a page scribbled with “I love David” over and over. She got mad and told me I was too young to be having crushes and that I should concentrate on schoolwork instead, given my lousy grades.

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I was in Grade 6 when I found other guys to crush on. I forgot about David. He was one of the brightest students in our batch and would always be in the honors class anyway until we graduated high school.

I don’t know where he went for college. Not that I cared. At some point David and I were Friendster friends in the early days of the millennium and I think I left him a jokey testimonial about how he was my first crush. I think we may be Facebook friends now but I’m not really sure (and I don’t care enough to check). We do follow each other on Instagram but I don’t think he checks in very often. Last year, I saw him once in the church inside our village, a few meters away from our house. It was the first time I’ve seen him since high school. I thought he was still pretty cute. Like a taller version of his second grade self. He didn’t see me.

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There is no point to this story, actually. I just wanted to tell the story about my first crush.

*Names changed to protect myself.

I did this three years ago. I’m doing it again. Ask a question and I’ll answer with a doodle in my down time / when I’m procrastinating :P

Use this link to ask: http://wedgienet.tumblr.com/ask

See past #ask answers here.

Before and after, from an old style exploration project.

A few exploratory style sketches for a Bible project

Asker ayielle Asks:
hello reg :) just wanted to ask what Brushes you used you trying-out-some-new-photoshop-brushes hehe thank you!
wedgienet wedgienet Said:

Hi! I believe I was using “Kyle’s Ultimate Pastel Palooza” brushes here: http://gumroad.com/kyletwebster :)

His Photoshop brushes are awesome :)

Check out how these sketches turned out on my Behance portfolio: https://www.behance.net/gallery/17104727/Educational-art

Playing around with some Photoshop brushes I bought from kylebrush.com :)

Process for my illustration for a spread in Muni x Moonleaf’s 2014 planner. See the final image here: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Make-Someones-Day/12996069

I illustrated something for Muni and Moonleaf Tea Shop’s annual planner— I’m February :P

muniph:

Presenting the #MunixMoonleaf2014Planner - the best planner you can get for 2014 here. :)

Read on to find out what makes it extra awesome!

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Trying out some new Photoshop brushes!