Veteran artists: Sense of humor missing in illustrations

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Thomasian artist Rico Rival highlights the importance of passion in practicing art during the Manila International Book Fair last Sept. 16 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay. (Photo by Hazel Grace S. Posadas/ The Varsitarian)

THOMASIAN illustrators stressed the importance of passion as well as humor in book illustrations during a workshop last Sept. 16 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay.

Comic artist Rico Rival said being an artist was about “having the guts to continuously practice the art.”

“Your generation is lucky because right at your nose, you have the materials that you can use to develop yourselves. You just have to strive and be patient,” Rival said.

Rival, a UST fine arts alumnus, illustrated the “Kingdom on the Island of the Apes” for Marvel Comics.

Cartoonist Danny Acuña said adding humor to illustrations would bring back the youth’s interest to Filipino comics.

“In the Philippines, many artists here had a sense of humor. That sense of humor is gone because they chose manga,” she added.

Acuña is known for his original creations in comics, such as “Orbot ‘D Robot,” which appeared in the daily tabloid People’s Tonight.

The workshop, titled “Illustration and Perspective,” was organized by Pop Hub, and was one of the events during the Manila International Book Fair. K.B.L. Arlegui

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