Children’s fancies brought to life by young Thomasian artists

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CHILDREN’S book illustrations are not mere childish preoccupations but serious artistic pursuits, as shown by the art show, Tinker Tales, a group exhibit of members of Ang Ilustrador Ng Kabataan (INK) at the Ayala Museum from Sept. 12 to Oct. 16.

INK counts at least seven alumni artists and Tinker Tales showcased some 200 traditional and digital artworks.

College of Fine Arts and Design alumnus Jonathan Rañola created figurines made out of plastic and clay for his two-piece installation, “Dangerous Chase”; it’s the same title of the story written by 10-year-old Abigail Villa. The illustration shows two boys sitting on a tree branch, hiding from a dog that is chasing them.

Advertising Arts graduate Diana Mabelo digitally illustrated a young boy wearing a red scarf over a blue coat while playing in a snowy field surrounded by trees for Inoue Co’s story, “Special Snowflake.”

Graphic artist, Maurice Risulmi used acrylic and ink to portray Jacob Borja’s “A Chicken’s Journey.” The artwork depicted images of a chicken on a road with a pig, a grumpy potato and an owl.

Joffrey Atienza, a winner of the 2015 Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) Alcala prize for his book illustration of Cheeno Sayumo’s “The Missing Blanket,” molded three air-dried clay figurines of mythical creatures in achieving an enchanted forest concept

Aaron Asis, another Fine Arts alumnus, portrayed a personified brown dumpling dreaming of riding a blue pegasus against a background of blue waves, clouds, plants and cats in “The Wildest Dream,” a story written by Clara Montenejo.

Rian Gonzales, a Fine Arts graduate, used gouache, a painting technique in which water and a pigment of paint are mixed to achieve an opaque finish, in “The Chocolate House,” for a story written by Olin Gavina. The painting depicted a young girl sitting on a chair made of chocolate while surrounded by house furnishings such as a lamp and a coffee table made in candy and lollipops.

Gel Relova made a digital work of a town terrorized by a three-eyed monster that fights a boy and a personified walking pizza for Dean Ezekiel Del Rosario’s story “The Monster, the Boy and the Pizza Man.”

INK was established in 1991 after the PBBY and Goethe Institut Manila felt the need to organize a fellowship and workshop for children’s book illustrators. From 21 members, the INK now has more than 70.

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