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Likhain is the imperative form of the Tagalog verb, "to create". I do art in this spirit: one of vital necessity and defiant joy.

My work is in traditional media; I specialise in ink, watercolour, and gouache on paper. My illustrations combine detailed linework with bold colours; my calligraphy is shaped both by traditions and hands in the Roman alphabet and by the indigenous Philippine writing system, baybayin.

My favorite subjects include beautiful brown women in elaborate patterned clothing; complex networks of trees and flowers; firebirds and snakes and dragons; waves of ocean and fire.

From Likhain's blog

Dublin 2019 Worldcon – Schedule

By Mia | August 3, 2019

After running into a lot of obstacles — including hospitalisation, leaving my job, and worrying about my visa! — we’ve managed to arrange things so that I can go to Worldcon in Dublin this year. I’m going with my partner and this will be the first overseas trip we’ve taken together in eight years or […]

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The darkness of the womb

By Mia | April 20, 2018

I should remember to rewatch this video when I feel myself flagging; when exhaustion and despair take over. Yes Rabbi, the future is dark, on this watch night, I close my eyes and I see the darkness of my grandfather’s cell. And I can feel the spirit of ever rising optimism (in the Sikh tradition […]

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Inktober 2017: crimson flowers, cerulean waves

By Mia | October 13, 2017

This post exists thanks to my wonderful patrons at Patreon, whose presence has strengthened me enough to keep me going with art. I’m doing Inktober this month — I’ve been posting on my Instagram. Here’s what I’ve done so far. It’s been interesting, trying to draw — if not consistently, then at least just enough […]

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Continuum 13 Con Report, part 1

By Mia | June 14, 2017

I was a guest of honour for Continuum 13 and it was fantastic! Here is an overview that I wrote mostly for myself, so I wouldn’t forget things, but I hope you like reading it too! I’m posting it even in its draft form (because I have a feeling otherwise I wouldn’t post it) and […]

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Latest art originals

The newest additions to the originals shop. You may also buy prints through INPRNT or apparel through RedBubble.

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