The very first self-portrait I ever drew. I made this in 2011.

Hello!

My name is Ella and I am an illustrator based in Manila, Philippines. My main focus at the moment is digital illustration, lettering, and surface pattern design, but I also work with traditional media (mostly ink and gouache). Some of my drawings have appeared in local publications such as Katha Magazine, Working Mom, Real Living, The ABC's of Hand Lettering, and 1,001 Stickers for Kids. I have also done large-scale mural work for government agencies (Nayong Pilipino and Design Week Philippines) and commercial clients. When not busy with commissions, I design and sell my own line of stationery products.

If I am not at home playing with my art materials, I am usually in one of two places: at a bookstore hunting down new books to read, or in a café sketching my ideas on paper. I am a big fan of milk tea and I listen to one song on loop whenever I'm working.

 

SELECTED PRESS (Warning: some of these links contain my awkward face--you've been warned!)

Lomography: Ella Lama Gets Creative with the Lomo'Instant Wide

Lomography: Illustrator Ella Lama Customizes the Lomo'Instant

Inquirer: Doodling Her Way to Her Dreams

Good Housekeeping: 10 Hand Lettering Artists Who Make Positivity Look Good

Real Living: 8 Inspiring Artworks by Artist Ella Lama

Real Living: 25 Creatives to Watch 2015