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Inktober 2016 // Week One Recap

I’m not a stranger to drawing deadlines. When I was cartooning I would do about two cartoons a week. When I was working on “Guaiyayon Na Trongkon Mansanita” I was on a pretty strict two to three drawings a day schedule. Deadlines are stressful, even when you’re doing something you’re passionate about. It’s a bit easier to stay motivated when you’re held accountable by an editor or a publisher. This month I’m doing a drawing challenge and I don’t have anyone to answer to except for myself. Self accountability can either hurt you or make you stronger. I’m hoping I can whip myself into illustration shape. Inktober is kind of the Cross Fit of art challenges.


Inktober is a 31 day drawing challenge that was created by the artist, Jake Parker. He started the challenge in 2009. I can’t remember when I first heard about it, but I think I learned about it from a You Tuber. I never committed to the challenge before. I would always do a day or two and then lose motivation.

This year, for some reason, I’m really trying to commit to the full marathon of it. And It might seem a bit silly, but I’m really proud to say that I completed a whole week of the challenge and fully intend to cross the finish line.

I’m using the prompt list that is posted on Jake Parker’s site. Prompts are an awesome tool for artists. Cartooning is basically drawing with prompts thrown out at you by society and politicians. Illustrating a book involves working with prompts from the author. So I like the challenge of prompts and the official list is single word prompts, which gives artists a lot of flexibility. There are lots of other Inktober prompt lists available on the internet too. I noticed a lot of witchy prompts and spooky themed prompts on Instagram. I think some artists also come up with their own personal lists. I might try that next year.

picsart_09-12-03.12.17.jpgI made a mini haul purchase from Jet Pens to prep for Inktober. I needed new pen nibs and I really wanted to try Prismacolor’s Col-erase pencils out. I’m loving them! Seriously, I think they’re great for sketching and they do erase pretty well. Look out for a review later this month. I’m also using Deleter ink, Copic markers – mostly in grey tones, and Sakura Microns. By the way, Jet Pens is a great place to order supplies online. If you spend over $25 they ship for free, even to Guam! I love them and I’m not getting anything to say that. I just really appreciate being able to buy supplies at a reasonable price and not having to pay double for shipping.

Art supplies are fun, but I have to say that a great part of this challenge is that you don’t need a ton of special supplies. All you need is ink and paper. A ball point pen would do. And there is a lot of great artwork out there done entirely in ball point pen.


I’m documenting my Inktober experience on Instagram and Twitter. Both those feeds are embedded in this blog, but I’d love for you to follow me on either platform: @illusdreted. Are you doing the Inktober challenge? If you are, comment with your Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat username so I can follow you! And if you’re looking for some drawing motivation or inspiration check out the hastags: #inktober & #inktober2016 . There are artists all over the world participating. They use all kinds of different techniques and are of all skill levels. It’s kind of become a world wide online gallery allowing you to observe artists’ work as they challenge themselves and grow. Thank you, Jake Parker!


Nezumi’s cartooning essentials & extras

Nezumi’s cartooning essentials:

Nezumi's cartooning essentials - Reconstructing Wonderland

My cartoons for the Mariana’s Variety Guam Edition are published in black and white. This makes my essential supply list pretty simple. I sketch with a basic Steadtler HB pencil. I add the grippies because they’re a lot more comfortable when you’re drawing for a while. I use two different erasers. While I’m sketching I use the Pentel Clic Eraser 2 and to erase the sketch after I finish inking I use the Pentel Black eraser. Sakura Microns are great for inking. I really want to get one of their brush pens. I use an assortment of Sharpies when I’m making really bold lines and coloring in large spaces. Sometimes I use my black Copic for large fields too. My white Gelly Roll is the icing on my cartoon cake and occasionally an inky oops corrector.

Nezumi’s cartooning extras:

Nezumi's cartooning extras - Reconstructin Wonderland

When I first started cartooning I inked with dip pens and brushes. This was how I had grown used to illustrating so I thought it would be okay with my cartooning. I quickly learned that it was not convenient or time efficient. I don’t always get to cartoon at my drafting table and I don’t want to have to pull out ink bottles, pen holders and nibs at my day job. I mean they’re cool, but not that cool. I do miss the sound of nibs on paper though.

Sometimes after I’ve sent in my cartoon, I color them for fun. Copics and Inktense pencils are awesome for doing that. I need to work on an adult satire based coloring book. Would that be a hit? What are your favorite creative supplies?

WOW! – exhibit extended

WOW!, an art exhibit for children and their families, will be up at the CAHA gallery throughout the month of December. If you have the time, please visit the exhibit. You can bring your children during Christmas break.

WOW! an art exhibit for children and their families

You can get directions and learn more about the gallery on their website.

WOW! an art exhibit for children and their families – throughout November

an art exhibit for children and their

This past Friday we opened an exhibit for children and their families, at the CAHA gallery. The exhibit will be up throughout November, so even if you missed the opening, there is still time to visit the exhibit.

WOW! is something that has been brewing in my head for a while now. So earlier this year when Mark, from CAHA, called to see if I wanted to exhibit, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I got a hold of some local artists, with work that would be fun and appropriate, and asked if they’d like to contribute to a show for children.

There were a few moments, during the weeks before the exhibit, that I thought I was going to go completely crazy. I would get overwhelmed and doubt my ability to pull it all together. Then one day, I was going through some pictures on my computer, trying to find a decent one for my bio, and I came across the folders that had pictures from events I had done with children. “Oh yeah! That’s why I’m doing this. And they are sooooo worth it!” So a very special thank you goes out to all the kids I have had the privilege of working with.

Many thanks also to the contributing artists of WOW!  They are Allan Arriola, Andrew Gulac, Baltazar Bell, Carol Rockets, Clarissa Torres, Colleen Weller, Dean Blas, Evan Cabrera, John Bermudes, Lucas Storts, and Myracle Mugol.

And thank you to our exhibit supporters Pika’s Cafe, Jamaican Grill, Mariana’s Variety – Guam Edition, Payless Supermarkets, Mary Therese Edgerle, the board and staff of the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the Grajek family.

Here is a collage my cousin, Marie, made featuring some of her favorite pieces.


And, here is a screen shot of the Sunday Variety article on WOW!

sunday variety


I’ll be posting more about WOW!, the opening, and the artists in the coming weeks. So stay tuned for that.

Summer art program for Guam’s teens


Check out the awesome work that the students in my DIY class did. We made pop up cards for our 3rd class. Previously we made 2 different kinds of book marks and wall decals. This last week we are working on photo booth props. So far it has been a lot of fun getting to know my students and building on their interests and abilities. I hope that they’ve had as much fun and learned as much as I have.

Today is our last DIY class, but next week a new session begins and I’ll be teaching illustration. I’m really looking forward to it! I have so many activities planned!

There is still time to sign up your teens up for the program. You can pick an up an application at Guma TASA in Mangilao or you can contact them on Facebook for more information.

A great way to turn thirty.

Wow! I am not sure I have ever been this exhausted. Usually that would be a bad thing, but in my current case it actually feels really good.

MVGuam, Sunday Variety, illusdreted, nezumi

I started off my last week as a twenty-something, as the Q&A feature in the Sunday Variety. If you haven’t seen the Sunday Variety you have to pick it up next Sunday! It’s a great paper with really fun articles about people and activities in our community. I was featured because I was coming out as the editorial cartoonist for the Marianas Variety. For the last few weeks I’ve been the artist behind the cartoons signed Nezumi. At first I was reluctant to make it known that I was Nezumi. Our island is really small and I’m still trying to develop the thick skin my mom keeps telling me I need. Again, our island is small and I didn’t really have a choice about coming out. People were guessing. At that point I thought I should just own it. So I did with the help of the Sunday Variety’s editor and talented local artist, Mar-Vic Cagurangan. She asked some serious questions and some seriously fun questions. Overall, I’m more than pleased and grateful for the article.

I’m a horrible procrastinator and control freak. This makes for a really bad combination. Come Monday I was rushing around with Allan running errands for the opening of my solo exhibit, IllusDREted. The guy at the frame shop straight up asked me why I waited so long to turn in my pieces to be matted and shrink wrapped. They are amazing though. Even though it was the last minute, they got my pieces ready for me in time for the show. I was again lucky when I decided to try out a different printer, to have some of my artwork reproduced for prints. I went to the place in Hagåtña, that came with many recommendations. The staff was so helpful, even though I was crazy indecisive about everything, from which pieces I wanted reproduced to which paper I wanted them printed on. They turned out great and I will definitely be going back there.

Because I am crazy, I decided I wanted all the frames for my pieces to be white. Because I am broke, I bought all the frames at the two dollar shop and convinced Allan to spray paint them all white. After work on Tuesday I nearly had a panic attack trying to get all the pieces in the frames with out peeling the freshly dried paint. It worked out and we were hanging the art work by 10 p.m.

illusdreted, guam art, Guma TASA

photo courtesy of Marvic Cagurangan

The tags and the pieces from the frame shop didn’t go up until 4 p.m. the day of the show. An hour before the opening I was sitting with Allan and my parents, having dinner and wondering if anyone would show up. It was actually kind of nice having that quiet time to reflect and calm my nerves a bit. And then they started showing up, slowly at first. And then, Bam! As the coffee shop started to make it’s daily metamorphosis into a bar the place started to fill up with people from all different parts of my life. My closest friends mingled with my coworkers. The people I cherish from my days bartending were chatting it up with my friends in the arts community. And my family, including my 3 nephews, were able to come through and enjoy the show. There was so much love in the room.

And did I mention the band? R&R was amazing! And they play at Guma TASA every Wednesday night. I think my eldest nephew, a Rock Star in training, was more stoked on the band than on my show.

I feel like the opening night was successful. People had fun with the art activity and I sold some prints. I actually still have some prints for sale. They are 8″x10″ and are $10 each. There are 3 different ones and if you would like to buy a set it is $28 for three. I am working on an Etsy shop, but until I get that up I can deliver and collect payment locally or send you a Paypal invoice and ship it to you. It will be $5 for shipping and handling. You can email me at drea_nicole@yahoo.com if you’re interested. If you go to the show and see an original you would like to purchase let me know.

illusdreted, guam, illustration

Want to see more pictures of opening night? Check out Creative Indeed. The talented and inspirational Michele Pier covered the show for her newsletter. I’ll be posting more pictures soon, too.

I’ve been working on this blog post since the day after opening night, but I’ve been so busy that it has taken me this long to wrap it up. There was more I wanted to add to this post, but since I have other things that also deserve posts I decided not to drag it out. So much happening and so much I want to share. I can’t keep up with it. But that will be another post on getting organized and time management. 😛


illusDREted, art exhibit at Guma TASA this Wednesday

illusDREted, art, exhibit

I still have so much work to do, but I’m really excited!  🙂

Creative Spirits


This Friday you have the wonderful opportunity to view and bid on artwork to support a really great cause. This is something that is very close to my heart. My mother is the director of Guma Mami, so I see first hand what the staff and volunteers do. I see how hard they work towards their mission and how that mission is at the mercy of funding availability.

What is that mission exactly? Well, Guma Mami provides support to individual with disabilities. They have two group homes, not institutions, that help create a comfortable living atmosphere for individuals with disabilities. They really are homes, too. They are part of the community and even host a fiesta every year.

They also provide services for individuals with disabilities who are living on their own. They help with trainings and certifications. They provide day activities and awareness campaigns. Of course my favorite thing that Guma Mami does is the Creative Spirits workshops.

The annual workshop is something that I think the clients and the community looks forward too. For the clients it is art therapy and because they keep the money made from their artwork, it is also a source of income for individuals who are on a fixed income. For the community the Creative Spirits auction is an awareness campaign and a chance for us to get together and enjoy art, music, wine and each other’s company for a night of friendly competitive bidding.

This is also a great opportunity for art collectors to purchase artwork at really great prices, while also supporting the great cause. Many Local artists donate artwork to the auction every year. The money made from the donated work helps supplement Guma Mami’s funding. It is a great way to discover emerging artists, too.

Please join us on Friday. You won’t regret it!

Last night for the Artisan Collective Series at Guma’ TASA

watercolor, guam

Come create with me tonight, Saturday, May 31. I’ll be at Guma Tasa from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for the Artisan Collective Series. Admission is $10. We’re raising money for The New Artisan Summer Workshops and various non-profit organizations.

guam, music, art

Womanagerie, Mar-Vic Cagurangan’s one woman exhibit

art, guam,

This past Wednesday I went to the opening night of Mar-Vic Cagurangan’s, Womanagerie. If you live on Guam you may know Mar-Vic from her column, Flights, in the Marianas Variety. She is a captivating writer. What you might not know is that she makes jewelry and doesn’t just create art, but she teaches art. Along with Lucas Storts, Mar-Vic taught this year’s Creative Spirits classes for Guma Mami, Inc.

I’ve seen Mar-Vic’s art work in previous Creative Spirits shows and The Filipino Artists Association shows. She also has a piece hanging on the 2nd floor of the Personal Finance Center building. She is also a regular contributor to the annual Women’s Art Exhibit.

Her artwork is vibrant and daring. It presents femininity in a strong and lively way. It really is her spirit materialized on canvas and for the occasional piece, in 3D. She is extremely resourceful and sees the beauty in the random objects many people would just throw away. I’m pretty sure she has a stash pile labeled, “stuff I can use for a future project,” that could rival even mine.

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The artist, Mar-Vic Cagurangan and I.

If you get the chance head over to Guma Tasa, in Mangilao, and check out her show. Guma Tasa is a coffee shop by day and bar by night. I recommend the Mango Sunrise tea and the turkey panini. Both are gof mangge’ and very affordable. They are also major supporters of the arts and community.