5 Illustrators and Designers from the Philippines Who Will Blow 2014 Away

By Sarah Irgang , Jan 23 2014

Featured image: Unplash/Bambi Corro

Know any amazing illustrators or designers from the Philippines? These illustrators are using illustrator tools to create artwork that showcases their talent as graphic designer and we want to help spread the word about their work!

If you haven’t seen any designers from this region, you should start interacting with more people, even if it is virtually.

Our world’s becoming more globalized by the minute, after all!  To get you started on your socialization strategy, we found some incredible up-and-coming talents from the Philippines you need to check out.

1. Risa Rodil

Introducing a magician of minimalism, Risa Rodil!  Risa really gets this simple yet effect style, and she shows it by using the style in almost all of her work.  The range of the content in her portfolio is nothing to sneeze at, either.  Imaginative typographical posters?  Logos for clients?  Infographics featured in Huffington Post?  Posters paying tribute to popular TV shows, movies, and books?  Risa’s done it all.  Check out the rest of her portfolio to really understand the meaning of “less is more.”
2. Daryl Feril

If you love elegant illustrations and designs, then you should be giving Daryl’s works a lot of love.  There are a few things to note about his style: most of his works have some sort of flower motif, mix hand-drawn and digital techniques with flowing lines.  And just when you thought Daryl’s portfolio couldn’t have any more class, try looking at “Brands in Full Bloom: Series I,” in which he used his style to create designs for Louis Vuitton and Versace.  Mind=blown.

3. Adamm Paul Bueno

You know who’s awesome?  An artist who can go from illustrating an adorable “kitten bus” (paying tribute to Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro’) to designing a tongue drenched in mucus (acid?).  Addam Paul Bueno is one of those awesome people, and we love him for it! Bonus points go to Adamm for being able to also blend cute and creepy in the same piece.   For those curious about his design work, expect to see sleek, refined pieces in his portfolio.  He may describe his gallery as small, but it is a gallery well worth visiting.

4. AJ Dimarucot

No word describes AJ’s work better than “intense.”

His designs have no problem getting down and dirty with paint splatters, smears, and colors that practically scream at you. Trust me he gives you some fearful bloodthirsty faces.  His killer designs have been sold to Urban Outfitters and Hot Topic. Brands like Adidas and Zoo York are also paying the designs attention.  So even if you’re not a fan of the grittier works, AJ is someone you should have a tag on.

5. Dan Matutina

No one wants to hear: “My five-year-old can do that!”

For Dan Matutina, the co-founder of Plus63 Design Co., the basics are the heart and soul of his work, and yet his work says so much.  None of his clients would ever suggest their ‘five year old could do that’. Only a real pro knows how to combine basic elements of art, such as shape and color, and create something meaningful. Matutina’s designs are amazing as can be deciphered from his growing portfolio which includes big names like WIRED magazine, Jamie Oliver Magazine, and ESPN.  Matutina knows how to make the simplest things extraordinary so a visit to his site is a must.

If you or a friend or anyone else knows of some fresh talent coming from the Philippines, tell us in the comments below, or tweet us @ZillionDesigns!  An especially huge thank you to Daryl for providing us with his image!

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Sarah Irgang is excited to be working for ZillionDesigns as a marketing coordinator. She enjoys discussing about design and the design industry, watching television, and sketching with her Wacom Bamboo tablet.


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