Illustrator and Comic artist based in Metro Manila, Philippines.
I've been drawing since I could remember- starting with ponies sporting high heeled boots at age 6, to parodies of ALF the Alien and Disney cartoons, to angsty interdimensional teens in my, well, teens. My influences range from eighties Archie comics, my beloved Tintin by Herge' albums (long since disposed of, alas) , X-Men comics spanning the eighties to early nineties, seventies and eighties manga (Yuho Ashibe of Crystal Dragon and Bride of Deimos is a genius! Genius, I tell you!- and so is Rose of Versailles's Ryoko Ikeda). Later on my work gained a sprinkle of Bruce Timm after being wowed by his commission and design work.
My fascination with comics came early on, and I dabbled in making little stories ( my eighth grade thesis for Romeo and Juliet was a comic adaptation printed on coffee-stained vellum). However, I only decided to pursue them seriously after a failed stint at Ateneo de Manila university following a traumatic exit from Jakarta, city of my childhood, during the 1998 riots.
At the time, Becky Cloonan and the Estrigious girls, much like Japan's CLAMP, were making a name for themselves on the internet with original manga-influenced comics. I was hooked and followed them to their alma mater, SVA, where I enrolled in Cartooning and Illustration. Not the most sensible of majors, but here we are! Over ten years later-
I've done educational comics, adaptations of Pride and Prejudice and Hamlet ( thus coming full circle from my high school English project) and the webcomics Sevenplains and Filjoshi, the firt, serialized on Girlamatic.com during the early 2000's when subscription sites seemed to make sense. Briefly I was an illustrator for Gothic Beauty magazine- one of my favorite assignments ever!- and illustrated the young adult graphic novel Who Is AC? by the award-winning author Hope Larson, for Simon and Schuster (Atheneum Press). Currently I'm illustrating a middle grade/ young adult-ish graphic novel called Unplugged and Unpopular by tyhe hilarious Mat Heagerty!
While I started emulating my manga heroes, my first loves have always been Archie, Tintin, and the X-Men (Paul Smith and Marc Silvestri specifically!) with their exuberant, expressively cartoony art. I'm not one for realism or serious superheroics, though I do appreciate them. My work has been described as "muscular"- which is the complete opposite of my physical form, alas.
Long term, I'd love to draw more young adult and middle grade novels, both my own characters and others'. I love a good coming of age story that develops a character through trials and tribulations, with a dash of fantasy and speculative elements of course! If you've got a project in mind like that, please consider working with me!
My current tools are a Huion Pro 221 screen tablet and fountain pens. I can go on and on about tools and stationery!