This illustration is a reflection of how my desk often looks. As an artist and solopreneur, I have to juggle several tasks and roles at the same time. Even though my work station is a mess most of the time, I make sure to surround myself with beautiful and inspiring things.
I created this artwork as my entry to They Draw and Cook’s Superfood Handpicked Challenge. I had a hard time choosing which healthy recipes to draw, so I decided to illustrate a picnic packed with superfoods, like eggs, salmon, and veggies.
You may view the original version here.
I illustrated these posters to promote a two-part event that I hosted in June. Creative Career Roadmap is a quarterly workshop I hold to help struggling artists home in on their voice, price their work, and promote themselves. Real Talk Tambay (which means “hang out”) is a casual gathering where I invite friends to share their experiences on the creative career path.
I chose the forest theme for this run because it captures the feeling of being lost and overwhelmed, akin to how freelancing is sometimes. I made one poster for each for the two events, which can be viewed separately or as a full scene.
I originally planned on using these illustrations of iconic landmarks as part of a city map series. After seeing all of them together while laying out the maps, I decided to go with a more graphic direction instead and created these posters.
I submitted the original version of this artwork to They Draw and Cook’s Eat The Rainbow challenge. Participants were asked to draw colorful recipes, and instead of going the usual route of drawing fruits and vegetables, I decided to make something based on the different varieties of my favorite drink, tea.
My piece was one of the ten illustrations chosen to be part of Spirituality and Health’s May/June 2019 issue. View the landscape version here.
This was my entry for the first round of Lilla Rogers Studio’s Global Talent Search 2018. The brief was to create a journal cover featuring specific plants, the color greige, and some lettering. I wanted to challenge myself with this piece so I created a lush garden scene with a lot of elements. I then created a hand-drawn mock-up complete with free stuff that I imagine would come with my journal (like a bookmark and stickers) and some desk accessories.
I made this poster to promote a workshop I teach called Creative Career Roadmap. It aims to help artists and creatives navigate the different challenges in freelancing and running businesses. I wanted the poster to capture the key topics and issues discussed in the session, and I thought there’s no better way to show that than by creating an illustrated map.
As part of their Back to School 2019 campaign, I collaborated with Fjallraven Southeast Asia to create notepads to be given away for free for every purchase of a Kanken backpack. My cover illustrations were inspired by how the Kanken can be a helpful tool for making art on the go.
This piece was my entry to They Draw and Cook’s Birthday Bash Challenge. I thought of a birthday greeting that pokes fun on a subject that we all somewhat fear—getting old. I then illustrated a festive scene with my made-up greeting in mind.
The original landscape version is uploaded here.
I made this piece for GetCraft’s “When Creators Rule the World” competition, a multimedia/design contest the company ran across Southeast Asia. My entry got the top prize for the illustration and design category. It was inspired by my friends from the local arts and crafts scene—how they are able to build things from scratch and manage to push so many boundaries along the way.
I love visiting Taiwan because of how they appreciate and promote local arts, crafts, and design. To commemorate my last trip there, I decided to draw a map of central Taipei, with many of its creative hubs prominently displayed. I also included well-known landmarks and notable food items to try when in the city.
These are two posters I illustrated for Creative Career Roadmap, a workshop I teach to help fellow creatives make the most out of their art careers. We talk about topics like pricing, self-promotion, and self-care for artists. The theme for the first session is “journey,” because building a sustainable creative career is a continuous process.
-Ing Creatives is a Dubai-based arts and design group, and they stage an annual event called -Ing Creative Festival. For their 2018 conference, we collaborated on a series of digital posters to promote workshops hosted by speakers from Disney, National Geographic, and Instagram.
Art Direction: Yev Baluyeva
For their 2019 collection, CNS Designs wanted to release a sticker book together with their Design Your Life planners. They had several artists from all over the world contribute to the project, and I was lucky to be a part of it. My sticker sheet depicted a quiet scene at home, one of my favorite subjects to draw.
I created this series of illustrations as part of my Holiday 2018 sticker collection. I took inspiration from a lot of different sources—screenprinting, ornately-designed manholes, and Japanese train station stamps. Since my vision for this series was for it to look more serious than my usual style, I infused a bit of humor by choosing a subject that’s close to my heart—food.
This is a poster I created to encourage people to follow their curiosities, whether it’s cooking, painting, writing, reading, or some other activity. Being an inquisitive soul myself, I believe that when we do things that piques our interests and brings us joy, that’s when we do our best work.
This piece can also be seen in the submissions section of Uppercase Magazine Issue 42.
This year I signed up for Make Art That Sells Bootcamp, and one of the assignments was to create a cover for a tasseography-themed journal. I knew I wanted to make something with botanical elements, so I included lemons, jasmine flowers, and tea leaves in my work. I also included a fun mockup to see how my cover would look like as an actual journal.
I grew up listening to emo music so I thought it would be a good idea for a personal project to create editorial-like illustrations based on my favorite emo songs. Since the lyrics were mostly romantic, I depicted different types of love with my pieces.
This was my submission to another fun Make Art That Sells Bootcamp assignment: illustrate a book cover about the contents (real or imaginary) of the bags of fabulous female icons. I got assigned Aretha Franklin, and I had so much fun doing research about her life and interests and drawing my piece. I also created a mockup to see it as an actual book!
I took a temporary break from lettering in early 2017 to explore illustration and surface pattern design, and when I got back into it these were the first pieces I made. Self-produced for my own stationery line, I released these notebooks for my Holiday 2017 collection.
Ayala Land Inc., one of the leading real estate firms in the Philippines, commissioned a handful of artists to create digital cards for their Holiday 2017 online campaign. The artworks were posted on their social media pages, and their followers were encouraged to share or send the digital greetings to their friends. I was asked to illustrate cards based on different emojis.
Client: Ayala Land, Inc.
Agency: McCann Worldgroup Philippines
Art Direction: Yna Rafinan
Being an introvert, I naturally prefer staying in than going out. Some people might think it’s such a boring way to live, so I thought to create these illustrations that show how quiet explorations can be done at home. I wanted to depict corners around one’s dwelling as spaces where sensitive souls can have their own adventures.
Some of the illustrations in this series were published as part of Uppercase Magazine’s Issue 42.
Whenever I feel an art block coming on, I turn to my friends and mentors from the local creative community. During one of my worst moments of self-doubt a couple of years ago, I asked them for their advice on how to make the best out of the creative life, and this series was born.
Fun fact: the cats in these drawings represent me, even though in reality I am very much a dog person.
To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, I decided to make something that expressed the courage and boldness of women. This is one of my favorite statements, and I’ve rendered a couple of versions already at different points in my lettering journey.
I released these journals as part of my own paper goods line in 2016. I liked the idea of people being the authors of their own stories, so I created covers that would pass as actual book covers. I also designed the spines to complete the look.
I launched this Instagram project so I could practice still life drawing. Many of the images were depictions of my real-life desk, and some were my interpretation of my friends’ desks. I also imagined how workspaces of people with different professions would look like. I only made it to about twenty out of the 100 desks I was planning on doing, but the process made me really comfortable with drawing different objects and experimenting with color combinations. Check the hashtag #100days100desks to see more.