Friday, June 17, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
When words can't describe how one feels, pictures can. This is how I perceive the illustrations for Papa's House, Mama's House, a children's book written by Jeanette Patindol and illustrated by Mark Salvatus III. The book won both the grand prize in the Philippine Board on Books for Young People Alcala and Salanga Prize. While published in 2004 by Adarna House, the illustrations and theme are still so current.
The story is about a child's confusion about her parent's emotionally difficult situation. The theme is a radical development to local children's literature where such topics weren't usually discussed appropriately to young minds. The story was well written to adapt a child's comprehension.
The illustrations have bold strokes of provocative colors with small sketchy figures. The heavy painterly style and scratch techniques work both ways: it may either suggest the deep unsettling feelings of the character perfectly expressed through colors and strokes, or the style symbolizes the love of parents for the character which doesn't diminish despite their situation. While looking at the illustrations, you can actually feel those emotions as you read. The small figures may connote that we play deaf in children's honest and pure voices about issues and they should also matter in adult decisions, no matter how young they are. How often do we disregard or underestimate a child's understanding?
The illustrations of Papa's House, Mama's House is a good example of how style may expressively convey emotions.
Friday, June 3, 2011
"While Rizal's works sparked motivation and prompted reforms in the most simple yet powerful manner, I do hope that we also become real agents, more than just participants or "slacktivists," of social causes in the age of sophisticated forms of social media."
The banners will be up at the UP Diliman oval until June 30 while the original paintings are on display at the Vargas Museum (UP) on a limited time only.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
I usually work with pencil and acrylic, but I'm open to exploring different medium as well. Sometimes when the schedule can't really accommodate manual renderings, I rely on digital tools for coloring. But I still prefer making it look organic and personal by adding natural textures. Texture, besides characterization, for me is one of the most important element in establishing a personal connection between the illustration and the reader. The mood of the story is a big factor in choosing the medium and technique I want to use in relation to the story. The medium and composition also signify important clues and add a different perspective in understanding the story better.
3. What was your first book? When was it published? How has your work or how you work changed since then?
My first book was "Ayoko Pang Matulog!" under OMF Literature, published in 2005. My succeeding books get much better thereon, while each book is still unique in their own way. Every book have something new that was improved from the last one. Eventually, my work now is more focused on the things I want to convey as an illustrator. I realized I can also have that "voice" in telling a different point of view of a story. I make it a point to impart positive values and messages in every illustration and not just illustrate literally the scenes from the written word.
4. How do you keep your work fresh? Is being fresh or up-to-date important to you?
I want my works up-to-date only because I'd like to keep up with the target audience's attention, whom are basically children, which is very hard to get hold of. But, I also want my works to stand the test of time by sticking to classical techniques and medium. In my works, I try to achieve balance in making it classic at the same time modern, by infusing traditional illustration techniques with modern illustration concepts and visualization.
-Interview by Liza Flores
This is my list of visual cliches in random order, some of which I'm very much guilty of and will try to avoid in future works:
-mother and child in frontal pose
-the female nude-in every possible pose
-balloons for flying
-wings and halo as representation for goodness
-horns for evil
-the bulb for ideas
-gears for progress
-the globe, maps, earth
-dove for peace
"Anyone can help our countrymen by living as an inspiration. Our people needs inspiration more than temporary nourishment in breaking the cycle of poverty. Improve yourself and be the best that you can be, get home then teach them how you made yourself through."
-Sergio to OFWs on how they could help the Philippines.