What program do you use for your digital works?

Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator.

What brand of ink/brushpen do you use?:

  • INK – BLACK:
    • India/China Ink
    • Brand: KURETAKE / ZIG black ink
    • Brand: KURETAKE / ZIG sumi ink
    • Brand: KURETAKE / ZIG (by KURETAKE) brush writer No. 11
    • Brand: KURETAKE / ZIG (by KURETAKE) brush writer No. 22
    • Brand: KURETAKE / ZIG (by KURETAKE) brush writer No. 24
    • Brand: PENTEL brushpen FR5F
    • Brand: PENTEL brushpen FP5M
    • Brand: KURETAKE / ZIG (by KURETAKE) Wink of Luna Metallic Brush Pen
    • Brand: KURETAKE / Zig Gold Metallic Brush Pen

Are you open for commissions? Where can I inquire?

Yes. For brand collaborations and/or personal/personalized commissions, you can contact me here: contactme@patmai.net or you can use the contact form page below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Do you do requests/art trades?

I don’t do either at the moment.

Do you do free artwork for (x)? (I promise great exposure!)

As of now, I don’t do any artwork for free.

Any tips? (Aside from “Just practice”)

Probably draw from life and be inspired by life around you. There is no “right way” in being good or in drawing or anything related to creativity–that’s why we’re told to “think outside the box”. A lot of contemporary artists were told to stick in a certain mold and that’s what they didn’t do.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Constant diligence will pay off. Draw whenever you can. Don’t even stick to drawing, do sculpting if you feel like it, heck, take up crochet.

TL;DR Don’t limit yourself.

Where do you get your inspiration?

“Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching, because whatever you see can inspire you.”

Grace Coddington, CD of American Vogue from film documentary The September Issue (2009)

I do have those uninspired days, but I remember that there are so many things to fall in love with. How the wind breathes into your face, how your beloved smiles or laughs, how your sister makes you laugh, how feathers line perfectly into the crevices of a fowl’s body, feelings, the feeling of feelings, the feeling of a stroke of a pen, how ink is absorbed differently on varied papers. I really love the small things in life. One really does need to keep their eyes open.

There’s also this Bob Ross video I adore and describes what I mean in great detail: