Internship Program: Birds, Bees and A Game Called Exquisite Corpse

We’re moving through week three of working with Marc Abuan and Ces and here’s what we’ve been up to:

1. We’ve been playing our own version of the collaborative art game Exquisite Corpse. The original version works like this: three artists take turns drawing on sheet of paper. One draws a head, a second artist continues and draws the body and a third one draws the legs.

For our own exercise each artist is given one canvas. The first artist draw’s a portrait and passes it on the next who in selects a palette and renders the image in a medium that he or she prefers. The third artist then gets the painting and draws some ornaments around the face.




2. Marc has been working on some marks. The dude is young but he has a good eye for making logos. He’s also been drawing a lot of birds and bees as he’s been working with us on an animated infographic about Cervical Cancer 🙂


3. We did a mini-workshop on editorial illustration. Just sharing the work process and some questions we ask ourselves when we are trying to come up with a fitting image for an article.


4. Painting has been a staple exercise, something we have been doing at every chance we get. Here’s a detail photo of Ces’ first oil painting 🙂


5. We got to visit the studio of awesome artists Uzi and Meream- talked about art, craft, workshops and video games.


6. We’ve been handpicking some books for them to read. Like the book Look Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design by Debbie Millman which I suggest everyone, regardless of profession, should read. It is wonderful.


7. We invited one of our fave artists Sam Pipebomb to do an inking demo in the studio.



This inspired a slew of ink-made artwork.



For his kindness we offered Sam a siopao.


8. Speaking of food, we’ve been eating a lot. 😀


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Link: Day One of the Internship Program


Our first ever studio interns started today. We’ve actually known Ces and Marc for some time now as they are very active in the community and are both very talented young artists. Johanna had this idea to make internship kits for them. The contents are as follows:


For Ces

1 Accordion Journal (together with a challenge to create illustrated diary entries where elements from one panel sprawls to the next panel)
2 Idea Notebooks
1 Copy of The Artist’s Survival Kit by Keri Smith (something that helped us when we were younger artists)
1 Magical Eraser
1 Wooden Portrait Block
1 Lucky Charm


For Marc:

1 Sketchbook (Challenge: draw and write something every day)
2 Idea Notebooks
1 Copy of The Artist’s Survival Kit
1 Magical Eraser
1 Wooden Portrait Block
1 Lucky Charm

Ces couldn’t stay the whole day as she was finishing a mural of cool robots but we let Marc help us with some client work today and he tagged along for a meeting. I wonder if he thought we let him sit in the hottest part of the restaurant on purpose. We didn’t. No to intern bullying 😀