Camiña Balay nga Bato

Illustrations created for Camiña Balay nga Bato‘s interactive fun map that is now available when you take their Heritage House tour.

The project came as a surprise to me as I have never done something like this before. Creating custom art is not like design where you put little pieces together and then you’re done. No, it’s not like that at all.

My experience in working with these illustrations taught me a lot that I am sure the lessons I got will dictate how I will paint in future commission works.

Some of the lessons I learned are in the production phase.

  • Know the purpose of the illustration
  • Listen to what the client wants and needs
  • Always be open for constructive criticisms
  • Create a color palette of the entire set prior to making the first illustration
  • Pay attention to detail – every single detail
  • Leave room for mistakes

So far, the project was a success as I was so fortunate to have collaborated with my friend, Jorry. It took us less than two weeks to put together an interactive fun map before the Dinagyang 2015. Collectively, I spent a week painting the illustrations non-stop, from careful research to putting things in place up to the smallest detail – even the placement of the elements.

It is not the usual painting that I do in terms of color choice though.

This might have an exception because an antique house that is 150 years old (this year) deserves some brightness and fun into it. That’s where the dominant colors yellow and purple came in. I decided to use less earth tones as it would dim everything and it wouldn’t become as lively as everyone is expecting.

The colors were carefully thought out. Although, the palette should come first before getting excited to spatter paint onto paper. In that way, it would be easier to match everything and make it harmonious once there’s a basis for color options. Yes, I believe there is a science to it.

I’m very excited to do more fun illustrations like these. Apart from the fun that I get from painting the subjects that caught my attention, or the fun in live painting, once in a while it is also great to work with people who could give you that room to grow and hone your skills in various ways.

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