About

Irene Marie Cortez

I am Irene, a freelance visual artist from San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines. I have a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy and, after passing my board exams, entered medical school thinking that being a physician was my calling. But upon exposure to the actual hospital setting in my last year as a medical student, I strongly felt that I was not meant to be there. And so I left.

It took me a couple of months of soul-searching to find out what I was supposed to do with my life since I spent most of my twenties preparing myself to become a doctor. And then one day after crying out to God, I was suddenly reminded of my love for drawing. Today, I continue treading that path.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

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    1. You are most welcome Norman! And thank you for your comment! I am slowly realizing, though, that pursuing the creative path is not for the faint-hearted. It does take a lot of work! But it’s all worth it!
      Thanks for dropping by! Have a nice day! 🙂

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  1. Hi there. Thanks for visiting my page. Hoping to see more of your work and ask for tips using colored pencil. I do not owned a prismacolor just plain fabercastel. Hope you could give me a tip on what paper to use for charcoal or colored pencil.

    Again thanks 🙂

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment tristangmt! 🙂 My very first colored pencil drawings were with Faber Castell Classic colored pencils, because they were the ones available at that moment. They were challenging to use but I still practiced and eventually got better. And so when I shifted to Prismacolor it was much easier to use. It’s not with the brand, it’s how you are willing to hone your skills.

      You can watch tutorials on YouTube and observe the process of other artists. And practice, practice, and practice. And just enjoy the process!

      More power to you and your art! God bless! 🙂

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