Etched Feelings

Drawing is a complicated process for me. When I draw, I don’t just simply draw. I study what I draw.

When I draw full bodies of people, I study the anatomical structure of the human body, to make the drawing look right. When I draw clothes on people, I study the different fabric types; how creases would look like, how folds would look different on different kinds, how gravity and wind affects how clothes would flow. When I draw animals, I would also study their figures, their skin type; if they’re scaly, slippery or furry.

See? Although this doesn’t apply to all artists and frustrated artists, It applies to me and undoubtedly to some other artists out there.

Drawing is not just drawing. It’s like drawing a totally new world on a blank piece of canvas. It’s something we put our hearts into. I don’t want to be forced to draw, that makes my drawings crappy. However, when inspiration strikes, then I often draw what I want to draw until it’s done without taking breaks. Drawing is a passion, something we do with our hearts.

So whenever someone shares their drawings to you, don’t make fun of them, or their drawings, because they are sharing a piece of their self to you, learn to appreciate it.

Rant and digital drawing by: Rhea Mae Alao



I don’t sometimes understand why people bother with relationships. I’m not trying to be bitter or anything, it’s just confusing. If it’s hurting you, why bother staying? If you’re crying more than you’re smiling and laughing, why are you even continuing a twisted relationship? If you’re not happy anymore, why are you even bothering to fix things? Relationships, for me, are meant to make you feel like it’s worth living.

Or maybe you’re just clinging to a hope that everything will be alright someday, that things are going to go back to how it used to be. You used to be happy before this relationship happened; maybe some people are just scared to continue living without their newfound happiness. I honestly don’t know. I never tried having a destructive relationship yet. I directly cut off ties with people I don’t like.

Maybe that’s why relationships are precious. It’s like a double-edged sword. You’re giving someone something that could hurt you and at the same time, you can also hurt them. Maybe that’s why we must choose the people we want to form relationships with wisely.

By: Rhea Mae Alao