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If there’s anything that can be done one day at a time, it’s learning. I advocate the thinking that anything can be learned, even skills that people insist are dependent on talent, like singing, dancing, and writing. Sure, talent makes it so that there is a predisposition to a skill, but with enough attention to the right procedure and plenty of practice, I think every skill can be developed. 

I’ve always envied visual artists, those that can replicate the world around us, and especially those that can transfer their own imaginings onto canvas. I’ve often wondered how it would be like if I could just draw or paint all my thoughts! Wild. 

I don’t think I’m terrible at drawing, in fact I can draw enough to give semblances to my target images; but I have obvious problems with proportions and depth (and, well, patience.) Last weekend, over sandwiches and beer, my friends and I got to talking about arts and crafts. I somehow had shared that I wasn’t good at visual arts, and was frustrated by drawing. Chris started to excitedly describe a book, whose author supposedly guarantees that everyone can learn how to draw, and draw well. He gave a very rough gist, but enough to pique my interest, because here I am two days later, on the third chapter.

After a short introduction on the basis of the teaching technique (which read like a research journal or some other academic paper,) it went on to listing the materials needed for the drawing exercises. The first exercise, however, only needed a pencil and paper. I had to draw a 1) self-portrait, 2) a person from memory, and 3) my hand, to serve as a point of comparison when tracking my progress (a ka, “before” drawings. Forgive the scans, I recycled lyric sheets from past productions.)

Self-Portrait: It looks like a person, but it doesn’t look like me
Person from memory: Ryan, who ended up looking like Marcos =/ So bizarre, I’d just seen him minutes before, but I couldn’t remember a single detail vividly when I tried to bring his face to mind
My hand: strangely disfigured

I think I’ve proven a point about my drawing skills, or obvious lack of it. I’m hoping I belong to the demographic that this technique works on, and that I’ll actually see improvement in my “after” drawings. In the meantime, I’ll document this entire project for posterity. 

I’ve been consciously working on my visual creativity lately, and I mentioned having dabbled in food styling a few weeks ago. Here is the first finished product, as posted on the Chef’s Classics Facebook page. It took a leap of faith in myself to accept that project, long hours in the kitchen studio to get things right, and what a great feeling to see it come to fruition. I have so many things to refine, like my taste and my eye for composition; but what’s important is I tried it, I learned from it, and I’m willing to do better next time.


  1. I like your self-portrait! I see where you were coming from. Ryan's was a big fail. Haha. But I agree with learning and improving a skill. Parang gusto ko na rin. That book sounds interesting. Good luck and I hope you can share your progress with us.

  2. Kaye Tiuseco says:

    There's a newer entry!
    I put the eBook in our Dropbox folder if you want to do the exercises together!

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