Day 48: Babies are Love!

17 Feb

The Week of Love continues!

At 1:20 pm today, my very good friend E gave birth to a lovely baby girl, Tala. And if deciding to carry a child in your tummy for nine months, and then feeding and bathing and clothing and putting a roof over her head and paying for her schooling (and other things that are very important also) for the next 18-30 years is not the most amazing declaration of love for a human being ever, I don’t know what is.

Here she is! Look at that face. It was designed to be squished!!!!!!!!!

I read a quote once, probably stitched on a pillow somewhere, that deciding to have a baby is a very important moment because it’s like deciding to have your heart go walking around, having its own life, minding its own business, outside your body. It was probably written a bit more eloquently than that but you get the idea.

And so I made something today to celebrate Tala’s first day as a disembodied heart. I thought I could show you the process just so you see that the things I make for this blog sometimes requires some forethought and vast amounts of sketching. But only sometimes.

It's a heart that is also a star! (Because Tala means star, in case you don't speak Tagalog.) The T looks like a mushroom. Because I love mushrooms. And this is the week of love.

Then I inked it, scanned it into the computer, and fiddled with the levels a bit in Photoshop. Pretty basic stuff.

Then I put the thing into Illustrator, vectorized it, played with color combinations and settled with this one. And there you have it! A thing of letters and shapes that looks like a heart star!

So here you go, E. I don’t know what use you could have for this thing. Maybe you could stitch it onto a pillow. Or maybe you could get it tattooed on your ass. Or maybe Jaypee could do it. But well done, you two.

AND WELCOME TO EARTH, TALA. I LOVE YOU!

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2 Responses to “Day 48: Babies are Love!”

  1. lalai.vaylet February 18, 2011 at 1:28 am #

    Nice one erning! Ang artistic, i love the letters put in a heart shaped manner, so cute! 🙂

    • niña February 18, 2011 at 7:12 am #

      thanks leslie! 😀 i miss you!

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