Saturday, July 7, 2012

My Uncle, My Teacher

A few people have asked me how I got into drawing “seriously” in the first place.

We all started with a blank sheet of paper or coloring books and a bunch of colorful crayons, pens, and pencils. In fact, I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. But I didn’t really take it seriously until I spent my summer days with this guy:

albert madarang

This is my uncle, Albert Madarang happily eating a piece of waffle with loads of butter and syrup~ xD My sister and I took summer classes with him when I was about 8-years-old. We drew a bunch of Disney stuff back then, and I couldn’t control my pencil properly so my lines were always heavy, and erasing any mistakes made the table shake “like an earthquake” as my uncle would put it. xDDD

I really thought it was a one-time thing, but when I began watching Sailor Moon when I was 11, I took lessons again, this time with my nephew, because my sister was no longer interested.

I continued taking summer classes with him until I was 16. He patiently taught me anatomy, perspective, colors, and all the basic principles I still use in drawing today. :D We only stopped having summer classes because I entered college for formal training.

Lessons with him were the best summers of my life~ Which is why I continue to draw today and even took the same course as he did in Fine Arts: Advertising.

But the most important lesson he taught me?

“Put the drawing aside when you get frustrated. Rest when you’re tired… drawing should always be fun.”

So yeah, if you like my work, thank this guy~ He is the awesome-est~ ♥


  1. :o that sounds awesome! What does he think about you pursuing a manga career? Also is he in advertising?

    My grandma wanted me to do that with my aunt when I was young xD but I didn't want to be away from home for so long lol

  2. I think he's happy? x3 He seems very pleased that my level of details has been improving steadily. :D

    Nah, he didn't pursue advertising. He likes teaching better, so he teaches kids at a local school for extra curriculum. :3 He gives private lessons too, usually for kids, because I always see him drawing Pokemon and stuff. xD

    Well, I didn't have to go away like you did. :3 He came to our family restaurant during the summer. Although I remember going to his house for my first summer (when I was 8). xD Big house~

  3. Haha, that's good :3 I always admire people who are so passionate about what they do they just see teaching as the best way to use it ^^

    Yeah, at the time my aunt lived 2hours away so I would have been staying at their house. She actually had a full scholarship to an art school but gave it up to pursue nursing :o She just recently started painting again a couple years ago.

  4. I would have followed his footsteps in teaching if I wasn't so bad at it. xD I mean... I just have no patience with kids I guess? T_T;;;

    D'aww, that's sad. >: Why nursing? I hope it's not out of necessity. @_@;;;

  5. I did like teaching the kids @ the aquarium when I was working there, but yeah, I don't think I have the patience for it xD

    I don't really know why she switched :/ my grandma never really knew either. I think she maybe chose nursing because it's a more err secure? career, or at least that's what she was thinking? /shurgs not sure

  6. AHAHA~ I'm planning to work in Vancouver's... uhm... aquarium too when I move. :DDD I want to feed the lionfish! ♥

    Well, I can't argue there. They call us "starving artists" for a reason. xD