The Art Diary of the Younger Mansay

Whoa!  I tried to write an art book when I was around seventeen years old?!
Good to have done this when I was younger, totally forgot it now.

In this "book" you'll...

  • Meet Mr. Pencil and Ms. Paper
  • Learn how to draw a 'realistic head' in the hands of a beginner
  • Know how to "make faces" LOL :)
  • Get inspirational thoughts in art
  • But wait there's more!!! (hahaha)
  • How to get a date! (the stupidest way)
 Note:  some pages have blank areas, I was suppose to stick to it the artworks I made.
There are 27 images all in all.

Here's my Art Diary written and illustrated more than a decade ago by an artsy-fartsy-dreamer! Enjoy!

Character of the Home

“When you’re building a room, you’re building character, and character is the strength and wisdom of a home.”

[Inspired Hues] Message in a Bottle

Color combinations for waiting summer adventures in the beach.

A Normal Expression

A house is but the normal expression of one's intellectual concept of fitness and his aesthetic ideal of what is beautiful. [Frank Parsons]

Natural Light

In my view, no space without natural light is worthy of human occupation.  John Saladino

Design is a Conversation

Good design has to tell a story. It has to stop people, and it has to make them wonder. Good design is a conversation.  

Most Important Production of Art

If i were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for, I should answer, A beautiful House. - William Morris

Building and Design Materials: Piedra China

The Chinese Granite Cobblestone, or popularly known as "PIEDRA CHINA" here in the Philippines, are commonly used as pave stones for garages and entry roads for houses that require the aged look.

The name "PIEDRA CHINA" implies Stone from China.

I first encountered this natural material when I was part of an ancestral house restoration project. It was a 1940's house with a mix of Art Nouveau and Art Deco design style situated within the Malacanang Compound.

There was an abundance of these stones, that we thought of re-using them.  (At first I thought the piedra chinas are only cement slabs cut to random tile size patterns).

As we were hauling it, to be rearranged, the contractor in-charge to restore all the wood works told me that these 'stones', were shipped from China.  These where volcanic stones used as a ballast for Chinese ships and galleons.  When a ship reach the Philippines,they will buy silver to be imported at China.  The piedra china will be unloaded, making the silver items now the ballast of the ship as they return to China.  The piedra chinas will be then used as pave stones, and as a construction material at that time.

The piedra china's color ranges from grey. rustic browns, and toned purple.  It has an amazing visual character that we can be reminded of the "ancestral' or "bahay na bato" look.  These stones age from 300 - 400 years, or even more!  This is a perfect material to be used for that ancestral look, Mediterranean, or any style that requires the rustic charm look!

Interior Design Exhibit (Part 3) - Actual Exhibit


(Read Part 1 here and read Part II here)

Rockwell Land organized these exhibit to give the unit owners of The Grove opportunities to source out for interior designers and furniture suppliers.

The theme is  Secrets to Style Your Home: 100% Rockwell An Interior Design and Home Fair

It was a first time experience for my part in representing our company's services.

Art and Art History

Interior Design is an art form founded by the human need for comfort, aesthetics and most of all, the basic, shelter for human habitation.  But before we go through a series of interior design art and living, let's start defining the basics in this fields.  

Let's define art in it's basic sense. 

I have always defined ART as a "way of living."  

Comics-Trip (Real life artist's humor in the office)

A series of comics I made using my Nokia 5800.   Those were the expressive days!  Kinda miss it!

Culture Crash Fan Manga 2


After searching of who owns a copy of Culture Crash Vol.5 from my previous post, I finally found one - virtually.

I asked help from 100 Araw ng Komiks (100 Days of comics), I got an instant help in about an hour!