Shirley and Jane
This is my genderbend take on Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as kids, where Sherlock is a girly-girl except when mysteries are concerned, and John is a bit of a tomboy, always lugging his doctor’s satchel wherever they go. You can grab a throw pillow print of this cartoon at my Society6 shop.
I created this illustration as an entry for the Graphika Manila 2014 art book, which is a compilation of art, design and photography made by both amateurs and professionals in the Philippines. I was proud that my entry made it into the shortlist.
So, this drawing was inspired by Helena Bonham Carter’s Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, where she has a disproportionately large head in contrast to her body. This illustration, however, is more of a personification of the Red Queen in Through the Looking Glass, despite the hearts motif.
When I did my group thesis about the childhood of St. La Salle, I was first assigned to create character sketches for the supporting and miscellaneous characters in the story. The girl in focus here was supposed to be one of the La Salle family servants. We didn’t push through with this style though because it was very time-consuming to render.
The original illustration for this just featured a servant girl against a plain backdrop, so I decided to include one of my other character studies and set the scene in a ballroom.
I had a story in my head once about food that came to life in a Chinese restaurant and realized they were about to be served and eaten by hungry customers. Desperate not to lose their lives so easily, the siopao, siomai and gyoza devised a plan to escape, which may or may not have involved sacrificing up the gyoza.
My good friend Kaye did the sketch of the siomai.
I guess by now you can see that I have two recurring themes in my drawings — people, and food. This vector illustration was a result of reminiscing about what my thesis groupmates and I would have for breakfast when we’d arrive in school early in the morning to work before classes. I would take the Sausage McMuffin, Toma (also known as Kim) would take the hashbrown (and only the hashbrown), and Kaye would take pancakes.
You can check this out plus an additional set of McDonald’s food on my Behance profile, which happens to be the most popular piece there.
This started out as an exercise for Typography class. If you’ll look closely at the image, the shape of the Venetian mask is made up of words. The piece is called Revelation because of the symbolism of lies melting away to show the truth. This was also exhibited at Verge, my class’ award-winning exhibit.