Mia S-N is creating fantastical art
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Who I am + what I do


Hi, lovely to meet you! I'm Mia, a queer Filipina artist who immigrated to Australia for True Love. I spend my days in regional Victoria, with its immensity of sky and space, and dream in Metro Manila, with all its terrible splendor, the jeweled chaos and grit of its streets.

I make art drawn from the stories I know, the tales I grew up with. Stories from my mother and grandmother of street protests, martial law, running from enemy soldiers, surviving war; tales that emerged out of balete and ilang-ilang, out of earthquakes and days-long power outages and terrible drought, out of the feathery flap of sparrows' wings and manananggal's flight. I make art as an heir to a history of colonization and disenfranchisement. I make art as a queer woman in a world that frequently seeks my annihilation. I make art because through it I survive, I live, I thrive.

And also -- not incidentally -- art is beautiful, it is powerful, it ignites hope and gives people strength. In a world full of darkness art can shed some light.

My art is done in watercolor, ink, and various other traditional media. I do a lot of painting, inking, and calligraphy. I enjoy vibrant, intense colors; ridiculous amounts of detail; and an excess of gold.

If you'd like a look at some of my art, I made a  2016 art sampler featuring some commissioned work and a personal piece.

I'm a 2016 Tiptree Fellow and wrote about  my approach to gender in my creative work. This is what motivates me. I want to use art to celebrate the act of shattering the terrible injustices that bind us, to grow into a joyful strength. Survival and defiance. Song and glory.


Why support me?


Making a living as an artist is (hah!) not easy. I'm only able to try because of a confluence of various factors: because of illness I can't do a regular job anymore; I'm fortunate to have a partner and friends who believe in me; wonderful people commission me for their projects; this Patreon exists.

Patreon supporters keep me going with art and fund the personal pieces I make. All patrons get access to my patron-only blog, where I talk a great deal about making art, working as an artist through mental illness and difficult circumstances, and share a great deal of my process including behind-the-scenes process posts for my pieces. Also, all patrons get discounts on original commissions, my prints, and my original art, with higher-tier patrons getting a larger discount. I make patron-only pieces as well, and post downloads such as coloring sheets, wallpapers, and assorted colorful delights.

Patrons' support means immensely much to me, and thanks to patrons I can keep pushing forward and doing ever more, aiming ever higher.

Maraming salamat po!


Housekeeping
My welcome message for new patrons has links and other details to access patron-only blog posts, discount codes and other goodies. If you have a question and don't see the answer there please email me!

Where else to find me:
Twitter: @likhain
Instagram: @nasilayan
Online: http://likhain.net
Tiers
Supporters
$1 or more per month
  • All my thanks, and virtual cuddles from the pommas!
  • Access to patron-only posts, including art previews and WIP posts, as well as art rambles
  • Patron-only discount on all commissioned work from Likhain
Enablers
$5 or more per month
  • All my thanks, and virtual cuddles from the pommas!
  • Access to patron-only posts, including art previews and WIP posts, as well as art rambles
  • Vote for the theme or subject of the Doodle of the Month!
  • Patron-only discount on all commissioned work from Likhain
Sustainers
$10 or more per month
  • All my thanks, and virtual cuddles from the pommas!
  • Access to patron-only posts, including art previews and WIP posts, as well as art rambles
  • Vote for the theme or subject of the Doodle of the Month! 
  • Patron-only discount on all commissioned work from Likhain - a special discount for this level only!
  • Illustrated postcards mailed out to you whenever Mia can!
Companions
$25 or more per month
  • All my thanks, and virtual cuddles from the pommas!
  • Access to patron-only posts, including art previews and WIP posts, as well as art rambles
  • Patron-only discount on all commissioned work from Likhain - a significant discount for this level only!
  • Sketch sheets and illustrated postcards mailed out to you whenever Mia can!
  • Vote for the theme or subject of the Doodle of the Month! 
  • Vote/give feedback on major decisions (eg: should this painting look foreboding or be full of light?) for major Likhain paintings (eg the ones in the Aswang and Prinsesa series)
Goals
61% complete
The Sun-land's Children
I'll release a limited edition, patron-exclusive print of one of my personal projects of 2017! The chosen piece will be either Manananggal or Taga-Habi, both pieces I've begun developing. The painting will be professionally image-captured and printed on high-quality archival paper by a specialist in fine art reproduction. Each fine art print will be numbered and signed by me, with a special dedication on the back if you'd like. Hang a piece of a glorious, gold-drenched universe in your own space!
Note: The single print run will be based on how many patrons I have when I reach this goal, rounded up to the nearest 5. In contrast to the majority of limited edition prints out there, pricing will be kept as accessible as I can make it, because I want you all to be able to have one if you want one!
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Who I am + what I do


Hi, lovely to meet you! I'm Mia, a queer Filipina artist who immigrated to Australia for True Love. I spend my days in regional Victoria, with its immensity of sky and space, and dream in Metro Manila, with all its terrible splendor, the jeweled chaos and grit of its streets.

I make art drawn from the stories I know, the tales I grew up with. Stories from my mother and grandmother of street protests, martial law, running from enemy soldiers, surviving war; tales that emerged out of balete and ilang-ilang, out of earthquakes and days-long power outages and terrible drought, out of the feathery flap of sparrows' wings and manananggal's flight. I make art as an heir to a history of colonization and disenfranchisement. I make art as a queer woman in a world that frequently seeks my annihilation. I make art because through it I survive, I live, I thrive.

And also -- not incidentally -- art is beautiful, it is powerful, it ignites hope and gives people strength. In a world full of darkness art can shed some light.

My art is done in watercolor, ink, and various other traditional media. I do a lot of painting, inking, and calligraphy. I enjoy vibrant, intense colors; ridiculous amounts of detail; and an excess of gold.

If you'd like a look at some of my art, I made a  2016 art sampler featuring some commissioned work and a personal piece.

I'm a 2016 Tiptree Fellow and wrote about  my approach to gender in my creative work. This is what motivates me. I want to use art to celebrate the act of shattering the terrible injustices that bind us, to grow into a joyful strength. Survival and defiance. Song and glory.


Why support me?


Making a living as an artist is (hah!) not easy. I'm only able to try because of a confluence of various factors: because of illness I can't do a regular job anymore; I'm fortunate to have a partner and friends who believe in me; wonderful people commission me for their projects; this Patreon exists.

Patreon supporters keep me going with art and fund the personal pieces I make. All patrons get access to my patron-only blog, where I talk a great deal about making art, working as an artist through mental illness and difficult circumstances, and share a great deal of my process including behind-the-scenes process posts for my pieces. Also, all patrons get discounts on original commissions, my prints, and my original art, with higher-tier patrons getting a larger discount. I make patron-only pieces as well, and post downloads such as coloring sheets, wallpapers, and assorted colorful delights.

Patrons' support means immensely much to me, and thanks to patrons I can keep pushing forward and doing ever more, aiming ever higher.

Maraming salamat po!


Housekeeping
My welcome message for new patrons has links and other details to access patron-only blog posts, discount codes and other goodies. If you have a question and don't see the answer there please email me!

Where else to find me:
Twitter: @likhain
Instagram: @nasilayan
Online: http://likhain.net

Recent posts by Mia S-N

Tiers
Supporters
$1 or more per month
  • All my thanks, and virtual cuddles from the pommas!
  • Access to patron-only posts, including art previews and WIP posts, as well as art rambles
  • Patron-only discount on all commissioned work from Likhain
Enablers
$5 or more per month
  • All my thanks, and virtual cuddles from the pommas!
  • Access to patron-only posts, including art previews and WIP posts, as well as art rambles
  • Vote for the theme or subject of the Doodle of the Month!
  • Patron-only discount on all commissioned work from Likhain
Sustainers
$10 or more per month
  • All my thanks, and virtual cuddles from the pommas!
  • Access to patron-only posts, including art previews and WIP posts, as well as art rambles
  • Vote for the theme or subject of the Doodle of the Month! 
  • Patron-only discount on all commissioned work from Likhain - a special discount for this level only!
  • Illustrated postcards mailed out to you whenever Mia can!
Companions
$25 or more per month
  • All my thanks, and virtual cuddles from the pommas!
  • Access to patron-only posts, including art previews and WIP posts, as well as art rambles
  • Patron-only discount on all commissioned work from Likhain - a significant discount for this level only!
  • Sketch sheets and illustrated postcards mailed out to you whenever Mia can!
  • Vote for the theme or subject of the Doodle of the Month! 
  • Vote/give feedback on major decisions (eg: should this painting look foreboding or be full of light?) for major Likhain paintings (eg the ones in the Aswang and Prinsesa series)