Welcome to my very first original “diary-style” art. After ages of taking beginner digital art courses using Procreate and other programs, I’ve discovered that drawing simple analog-style digital art can also become a form of a life diary. Sometimes, words aren’t enough and there are at times that we want to share in the world but we lose motivation in writing them down. Plus, I need some kind of a “trigger” to get me back to blogging in my personal blog once more. After all, the unpredictable long period of the pandemic is close to end, so why not get motivated to get active with the things we love once more?
Times have changed. I don’t know who else still does non-niche blogging nowadays. The ones who still do aren’t as active as they used to be, or they abandoned non-niche blogging and turned to specific niche blogging such as technology, lifestyle, so on, and so forth. The long list of personal blogs that I linked in the Exits section now? Most of them ceased to exist, so I would have to clean them up.
Diary-style art isn’t supposed to be “masterpieces,” but more of quick sketching and simple drawing using analog-style tools on digital. Sadly, WordPress isn’t giving me justice when it comes to the quality of my image file and it looked more blurry than crisp. I’ll see if I can fix this and maybe re-upload this piece of art.
Art Diary #1: Independence Day 2021
As of this writing, it’s the day before the U.S.’s Independence Day, more “popularly” known as “the Fourth of July.” When my family and I immigrated here from the Philippines almost 35 years ago, I started studying American History in our Social Studies class back in middle school and that the U.S. declared their independence from Great Britain back in July 4, 1776. Therefore, July 4 is the U.S. Independence Day.
In the Philippines, there is a holiday (?) that is called Philippine-American Friendship Day, which is also on July 4 – specifically, July 4, 1946. But in actuality, July 4, 1946 is the true Philippine Independence Day as its own nation— from the U.S. The “official” Philippine Independence Day that was declared by the government then ended up being on June 12, 1898 – independence from Spain. But in reality then, the Philippines wasn’t completely an independent nation on that day. The Americans, who won the war against Spain (Spanish-American War), won the Philippines and Cuba as part of Spain’s surrender to them. Rather than granting full independence, the U.S. became the next colonizer nation and the Philippines became yet another colony of a Western nation until the end of World War 2.
I’m not a political person, so I won’t go into detail regarding this day. But, I drew this using Procreate on iPad to celebrate July 4th, both as a Filipino and as an American. Tomorrow (July 4th, PDT), we’ll be celebrating two (three?) occasions at my sister’s new house with a family gathering and backyard BBQ. On Monday (July 5th), we’ll be celebrating my parents’ 46th wedding anniversary. Even though my dad is no longer with us for two years now, they stayed happily married “till death do them part.”
My art for this entry is not the best, but I hope I conveyed what I wanted to write about by drawing with as many details as I can. We’re going BBQ-ing, so this is the perfect theme for the art and for the occasion.