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Just returned from another summer trip! But it's different this time 'cause I spent it with a group. Travelling with company does have its plus sides (the most important of which is that I can save a lot on lodging). I don't know how I managed to pull off being with other people on that vacation - I guess it was just a lesson of tolerance.

I was with students doing their on the job training in companies at Cebu. Cebu, though industrialized and filled with buildings growing ever higher, is also famous for its natural wonders and pristine beaches, and with the help of a very good friend, he was a Jesuit brother and a true Cebuano, we were able to go on a boat tour around Mactan - an area known for white sand islands and underwater sanctuaries that are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

The best thing about that trip to Mactan is that I finally figured out how to use a damn snorkel! (Thanks bro!) And I've become confident floating on deep water now and I can somehow maneuver along the surface, well, as long as I have a life jacket. I actually don't know how to swim (and I really should learn it!). 

It was my first time seeing a real underwater coral reef scenario. Prior to this, I only saw them in nature shows or in books. There's such a difference seeing the real thing. I don't know how many hours I floated on the surface just staring at the busy spectacle below me. The fish were fearless of humans. They even approach you expecting food. Guess they're so used to getting fed, it was a marine sanctuary after all. And we did feed them. We just put out scraps of bread, and they'd swarm you like the paparazzi. Haha! 

I did do some solo wandering in Cebu too. I visited far flung Oslob for the white sand bar in Sumilon Island and the majestic Tumalog Falls. I should've gone whale shark watching but I didn't know how to snorkel then. It was only during the Mactan trip that I learned it. And that happened the day after my Oslob trip. Isn't that funny? 

So yeah, pretty awesome trip. And as usual, I've posted all the sketches I made and also some paintings in one deviation - here: Cebu May 2015 by Nick-Ian :D 
  • Mood: Zest
  • Reading: Stephen King - Everthing's Eventual
  • Watching: WWE Smackdown
  • Playing: Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls
Cebu May 2015 by Nick-Ian
Cebu May 2015
Beautiful white sand islands, lovely beaches, breath-taking waterfalls, interesting scenery, tall sky-scrapers, historical buildings...  It's overwhelming! Cebu is a marvel!  

These are all the sketches I made while going to and staying in Cebu. All the pen and ink pieces here are done on the spot. The colored ones are based on photos I took with my phone. Painted them when I came back home. And when I did, the feelings come flowing in again. It was an awesome trip!

Read more about the trip here: nick-ian.deviantart.com/journa…
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Mononoke - Form Truth Regret by Nick-Ian
Mononoke - Form Truth Regret
"Love this anime! So artistic and beautiful - feels like I'm watching a Japanese watercolor artwork coming to life!" 

That's from the description I wrote on an old Mononoke fanart I made here: nick-ian.deviantart.com/art/Fo… And I still agree with it now, eight years after.

If you haven't watched it yet, then do. It's 12 episodes of artful storytelling and vibrant eye-candy. 

All done using watercolor and pens.

Mononoke does not belong to me.
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Akame ga Kill by Nick-Ian
Akame ga Kill
In any conflict, everyone on both sides will always believe they are in the right. Even if they're doing inhuman things. 

These are all the drawings/paintings I made of Akame ga Kill. The anime started out looking like any other action/adventure/fantasy anime until characters start to unexpectedly *spoiler* die off. 


Oh, I bet it's obvious who my favorite character is. I like Esdeath because of her huge and intimidating... presence. 
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There's a new Dissidia game! But it'f for arcade. I'm wishing it'd be out for PS3 too. :D

Anyway, who would want included in the game? Got a poll here from a friend. Wanna fill it up?

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Just returned from another summer trip! But it's different this time 'cause I spent it with a group. Travelling with company does have its plus sides (the most important of which is that I can save a lot on lodging). I don't know how I managed to pull off being with other people on that vacation - I guess it was just a lesson of tolerance.

I was with students doing their on the job training in companies at Cebu. Cebu, though industrialized and filled with buildings growing ever higher, is also famous for its natural wonders and pristine beaches, and with the help of a very good friend, he was a Jesuit brother and a true Cebuano, we were able to go on a boat tour around Mactan - an area known for white sand islands and underwater sanctuaries that are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

The best thing about that trip to Mactan is that I finally figured out how to use a damn snorkel! (Thanks bro!) And I've become confident floating on deep water now and I can somehow maneuver along the surface, well, as long as I have a life jacket. I actually don't know how to swim (and I really should learn it!). 

It was my first time seeing a real underwater coral reef scenario. Prior to this, I only saw them in nature shows or in books. There's such a difference seeing the real thing. I don't know how many hours I floated on the surface just staring at the busy spectacle below me. The fish were fearless of humans. They even approach you expecting food. Guess they're so used to getting fed, it was a marine sanctuary after all. And we did feed them. We just put out scraps of bread, and they'd swarm you like the paparazzi. Haha! 

I did do some solo wandering in Cebu too. I visited far flung Oslob for the white sand bar in Sumilon Island and the majestic Tumalog Falls. I should've gone whale shark watching but I didn't know how to snorkel then. It was only during the Mactan trip that I learned it. And that happened the day after my Oslob trip. Isn't that funny? 

So yeah, pretty awesome trip. And as usual, I've posted all the sketches I made and also some paintings in one deviation - here: Cebu May 2015 by Nick-Ian :D 
  • Mood: Zest
  • Reading: Stephen King - Everthing's Eventual
  • Watching: WWE Smackdown
  • Playing: Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls

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29 Earth Years (man, I'm getting old)

Current Residence: Zamboanga City, Philippines

Favourite style of art: Traditional.

Favourite cartoon character: Billy from Grim Adventures, Patrick Starfish, Stimpson J. Cat
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:iconhannahfrank92:
HannahFrank92 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your gallery!! Stunning work :butterfly:
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o0sahira-chan0o Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is so breathtaking, all the pictures seem so..alive O.O. May the muse never leave you!
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DarthFishhum Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Filmographer
Daamn. You have a fine gallery
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LoonyBoB Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
Check your DA notes again. ;)
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UltimateChimeraBlood Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your watercolors. So vivid and life-like.
Keep up the good work!
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Superscarykitty45 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome.... artworks..... cool.... Bunny Bunny Emoji-91 Spin Hug 
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LoonyBoB Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2015
Check your DA nooooooooootes!  :D  Just needing permission to show off one of your works on Friday ;)
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IceLaws Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love your things <3
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MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Happy birthday!  birthday cake 
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billywallwork525 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Hey, great work with the kingdom hearts pieces, love them. Quick question, do you do commissions? Keep up the good work 😉
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