For this drawing, my challenge was to localize a Tarot card. I picked the Lovers, as it felt apt for Valentines’ season. The two figures shown in the drawing are Maganda and Malakas (lit. ‘Beautiful’ and ‘Strong’ in Filipino). According to myth, they were the first man and woman in the world. They were imprisoned […]Read more "Malakas and Maganda, the Lovers"
My friends and I had the pleasure of visiting the Pettyjohn Household in Pansol, Laguna. Jon and Tessy Pettyjohn are renowned globally for their pioneering work in ceramics and pottery, so it was an honor to not only stay at their house, but also to be surrounded by incredible works of art. It was also […]Read more "Pansol Pottery"
An illustration of one of my favorite quotes from Philippine speculative short fiction. “Epefania, who had only her heartbreaks to talk about, eventually ran out of willing ears to share her romantic commiserations: in the end, she only had the sun, moon, and stars to turn to for company.” The Sugilanon of Epefania’s Heartbreak by […]Read more "Epefania’s Heartbreak"
The foliage of Eikando Temple is said to be most spectacular during Autumn. During the season, evening lights illuminate red leaves that stretch out towards the starry sky. I arrived there last year just as summer was ending; the scarlet hues that would eventually dominate Eikando’s foliage had not yet fully taken root. Still, the […]Read more "Zen in Eikando"
I love creating simple and clear UI designs. One standout project for me was a set of mockup screens for Series Tree, a 2013 iOS mobile game where users suss out numerical patterns cleverly hidden in a treelike grid. There were a couple of draft designs that I really liked, but didn’t quite match the […]Read more "Series Tree"
Several years ago, I batched up this quick drawing for a freelance assignment for a book cover. Unfortunately, the image didn’t cut it, though I’ve always been fond of the ridiculous situation these two hapless protagonists found themselves in. I imagine them bumbling their way against eldritch abominations, ghostly apparitions, and the occasional burnt eyebrow.Read more "Adventures in Paranormal Buffoonery"
I was incredibly lucky to have the chance to visit the Grand Canyon National Park. I wish I had a more advanced camera to capture all of its detail and color, but I am grateful for this rare chance to capture the awe-inspiring depth and scale of nature.Read more "A Grand adventure"