Graphika Manila 2014 Portraits

Illustration, Original Work, Process, Projects

An exploration of color, line, shape. Done with Procreate on an iPad.

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Eugene Gauran of The Mill

Eugene Gauran of The Mill


Isabel Gatuslao

Isabel Gatuslao

Sara Blake aka ZSO

Sara Blake aka ZSO

Jessica Hische

Jessica Hische

Ash Thorp

Ash Thorp

Teo Guillem and Carlos Pardo or Dvein

Teo Guillem & Carlos Pardo of DVEIN

Some Pencil Sketches:



Colors Used:

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The portraits and their respective colors:

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Graphika Manila is the premiere multimedia and graphic design event in the Philippines. … Simply put it as a creative symposium with speakers from different fields of the creative arts. The conference focuses on the creative side of design rather than technology.


Pokémon Icon Set 01, Animation

Design, Original Work, Projects

Lots of exciting news this week, with events like The Apple WWDC and E3 happening. Looking forward to Nintendo Direct @ E3, which is happening in a few hours. Really excited! I made this icon set in anticipation for whatever news they have for Pokémon X Y, and any other plans for Generation 6.

Pokemon Icon Set 01

I wanted them to look like app icons, if they were to exist as apps in the smartphones of the Pokemon world.

Bonus! I tried making one of the icons move for some animation practice.

Pokémon Get! from Gab Madrid on Vimeo.

I’m thinking of making more sets, too. There are still a lot things that can still be designed and used as icons. Come to think of it, what is the Pokemon equivalent of a smartphone? The C Gear? The Xtransceiver? What about older, obsolete phone-equivalent models, like the Pokégear from Generation 2? HMMM…

Tegan and Sara – I’m Not Your Hero (Comic)

Comics and Stories, Illustration, Original Work, Projects

I went to Singapore a couple of weeks ago to watch Tegan and Sara live in concert. The concert was such an exciting and mind-blowing experience for me, that I downloaded videos of the whole concert for me to listen to over and over again.

With myself still not being over it, I made a short comic based on the Tegan and Sara song “I’m Not Your Hero“.

The song came off as a really sad song to me since the first time I heard it. For me, it was about a person who was so tired of trying to do everything to be someone’s hero, and yet still being unrecognized as one, to the point of feeling helpless, broken and burnt out. Later, I’ve found out that it was basically about Sara’s struggles of being alienated as a member of the gay community and the indie community.

Regardless of what it is originally about, the way I came to interpret it stuck to me, and it became my favorite track from their latest album, Heartthrob. (With “Now I’m All Messed Up” being a close second.)

The comic really has no profound interpretation of the song. It’s just something I thought up quickly. I just wanted it to be as sad as how I felt the song to be.

Click the image for full size:


Also, I would like to point out that this comic may have been inspired by the movie Windstruck.

Daft Punk – Get Lucky Wallpaper

Downloads, Illustration, Original Work, Projects

I decided to make something over the weekend out of weeks of obsessing over Daft Punk’s new song Get Lucky. It’s free to download, if you want it as a wallpaper. 🙂

The wallpaper is available in these sizes:

  • 1920 x 1080
  • 1366 x 768
  • 1280 x 720

If you want any modifications or have any requests, just leave a comment below, or contact me through my email:

Don’t forget to share the love!

Family Reunion for Kamusta? Magazine

Illustration, Original Work, Process, Projects

Last December 2012, I was invited to contribute an illustration for Kamusta? Magazine by their Photography Editor, and my friend from high school, Joseph Angan. They were counting down to Christmas, and every day they would feature a photo or illustration that emphasizes a certain part of the Filipino Christmas. Mine is about (extended) family reunions every Christmas, and how you’re suddenly introduced to all these relatives you’ve never met before. Here’s a digital sketch from my process:


 And here’s the final version: reunion-01-gm-hires Really liked how it turned out. Thick lines, harsh corners, and warm color schemes are my jam.

Thanks to the Kamusta? Team for the opportunity to contribute! Check out Kamusta? Magazine here! 

Kamusta? is an online travel magazine for adventurers who want to see the real Philippines. Here at Kamusta? Magazine, we aim to showcase the best of Filipino life, and to provide useful information for travellers and backpackers hoping to experience life as locals do.

Rob Cham Portrait Trade!

Illustration, Original Work, Process, Projects

Earlier this year, Rob started this thing where he would trade portraits with other artists. (He was half tempted to call them Portrades. I thought he should. It sounds cool, right?) I contacted him a few weeks ago and decided to go for it! I’ve seen Rob distort his name to Robocham a few times, so I got an idea from that. Here’s a few sketches from my process:


And here’s what I finally came up with:


Th title is a reference to Mega Man Legends (obvs). With this whole Mega Man thing going on with the illustration, I thought I could insert a few small eggs around the illustration:

His life meter is a reference to his famous Helvetiburger shirt:


Photo of Rob pilfered from his Facebook profile. Photo by Patricia Nabong


And I put a little Servbot version of my face near my signature.



And, here’s the portrait of me that he did. Most excellent.


 You can see the rest of Rob Cham’s Portrait Trades this year on his Facebook page here! Or here!