Aspiring Artists, The Salamangka Creator Is Holding a Free Online Workshop

Learn the ropes from Ian Sta. Maria.

( Have you ever had a great idea for a sketch in mind—only to have it completely fail once you try to put it on paper? It's a common feeling. If you're looking to improve, then you may want to take note: Pinoy comic artist Ian Sta. Maria—the same guy behind the wondrous take on Filipino folklore: Salamangka—is holding a free online workshop called "ART PROCESS: From Line Art to Color Rendering" on Saturday, April 4, at 5 p.m. 

You can learn the ropes on how to bring your ideas to life from Sta. Maria himself. "This is my first online workshop so I'm very excited," Sta. Maria tells The artist will be doing live drawing demos online, so students (ideally, you!) will be able to see Sta. Maria's specific techniques in sketching figures and coloring them in. 

"The Fallen Star" by Ian Sta. Maria, part of the Salamangka book.
PHOTO Courtesy of Summit Books

"I hope it would help them overcome some artistic insecurities and realize that it's really not that hard to execute the way I do," adds the artist. The entire session will take around two to three hours, he says.

Sta. Maria is currently based in Denmark, where he is a senior concept artist for The LEGO Group. "It's always a good thing to be a sponge for good information during times like these," says the artist. While he's thankful that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't affected his life in Denmark much, he does feel that "this is also a good time to force yourself to learn something new. And that's never a bad thing."

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Hosted by Komiket's Secret HQ, Sta. Maria's workshop is part of an ongoing series open to anyone aged 13 and up; skill-level is unimportant, as long as you have a "willingness to show up and try." All you have to do is sign up online and get your brain cells and art materials together. Happy sketching and stay safe, guys!

Ian Sta. Maria's free online workshop "ART PROCESS: From Line Art to Color Rendering" is happening on Saturday, April 4, at 5 p.m. You can register online.

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