After character sketches come storyboards. Here’s a preview of the “Kalipay and the Tiniest Tiktik” storyboards in process, from Happy Garaje.
I’ve just returned to urban Manila after 10 days with the blue skies and sun-drenched (read: HOT) cliffs of Batanes (a cluster of small islands near Taiwan). Batanes is the most remote northern corner of the Philippines. It was a gathering of loose ends for the Ivatan children’s story, including the long-awaited illustrations. They are simply beautiful. Below is a cover detail of the Ivatan children’s story, “Melo the Umang-Boy.” Umang is the Ivatan word […]
The Yakan are one of several distinct ethnic groups living in Zamboanga City, though originally from Basilan. They are known for their complicated patterns, their weaving being among the most intricate and difficult to create in the Philippines. Below is a Yakan backstrap loom, housed at the National Museum of the Philippines. You can see the diamond patterns and bright colors typical of Yakan work. This was part of the day’s research and inspiration for […]
Working on this passion project is not without its stumbling blocks. I often say it feels like I’m making it up as I go along. But it also has a serendipity to it, an energy it generates on its own.
I came to Cebu City to record a voiceover for the ebook version of “Kalipay and the Tiniest Tiktik,” the Cebuano story in this series. (For those who aren’t Filipino, a tiktik is a creature from Philippine folklore—a funky sort of vampire, though “viscera-sucker” is more accurate.) I found an actor within 24 hours of landing here (the expressive Yon Maningo), via a fellow Brooklynite (playwright Linda Faigao-Hall).