ABOUT THE DRAWER
KRING is a self-taught illustrator based in Cebu, Philippines. Originally from Cagayan de Oro City, she started drawing at five and has been involved in various artistic endeavors. She enjoys reading metaphysics, drawing with old pencils and ocassionally using obsolete versions of Photoshop.
Her works include book illustrations for tabletop games, editorial images for magazines and gallery art pieces. Besides small group shows within Cebu City, she has exhibited in 856G Gallery (Cebu City) for HER/A: An All-Female Exhibit in 2015, and with Light Grey Art Lab Gallery (Minneapolis, MN) for three consecutive years for various shows with RESURGENCE for their 2018 spring exhibitions being the most recent.
She's inspired by historical ruins, weird museums, strange flora and fauna, death and decay, old cabinets and odd trinkets. Her subjects are usually from personal myths and monsters with a hint of her obsession with occult symbols and imagery.
She lives with her partner and their three cats.
Spot Illustrations for BLUEBEARD'S BRIDE by Magpie Games (2017)
Paradox of Confusion (2017) featured in GRAPHIKA MANILA 2018
Cover and Spot Illustrations for the MULTIVISION Issue by NEW READER MAGAZINE (2018)
IN THE PRESS
SELECTED GROUP SHOWS
R E S U R G E N C E, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
SWARM: Beauty in the Grotesque, LGAL, Minneapolis, MN
CAMOUFLAGE: Hiding In Plain Sight, LGAL, Minneapolis, MN
SCC: The Ghibli Tribute Exhibition, iioffice, Cebu City, Phils.
MIDNIGHT: Dreams and Subconscious, LGAL, Minneapolis, MN
NEVER ODD OR EVEN, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
HER/A: An All Female Exhibit, 856G Gallery, Mandaue City, Cebu
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
+ Are all of your drawings done traditionally?
Yes and no. Some are full traditional works and others are trad-digital. Trad-digital pieces are traditional graphite drawings which I then scan and color digitally. Sometimes, I draw some elements digitally too. So, it's a balanced mix of traditional and digital work.
+ What's your medium/media?
I use a combination of Staedler pencils. 3H for initial sketching and shading. HB for first layer of levels. 2B for final line work and shading. 2B-6B Mont Martre Woodless Graphite for graphite powder and smoke effect. For digital editing, my preferred software is Photoshop. For digital brushes, I use Kyle Webster's Megapack brushes.
+ Are you open for commissions? What type of commissions will you accept?
Yes, I'm still open for commissions but I only accept a limited number each month. I make illustrations, book covers, editorial art, business cards etc. My schedule is fully booked nowadays, but if you want an illustration made or a collaborative project you want to make with me, you may head over to my contact page and send me a line.
+ Are you selling any prints of your work? Where can I buy them?
Yes, I am. The link to my shop is in the navigation menu. You can buy my Zodiac collection (mini card prints) and other prints of my work there too. However, I can only deliver prints within the Philippines. I'm still trying to work out being able to deliver abroad without suffering high shipping rates. I hope to make this internationally available soon.
+ Can I buy an original drawing from you?
Sure! Kindly go to the contact page if you want an original drawing from me. I'd be happy to speak with you about it!
+ Since you've already made a Zodiac collection, are you making a Tarot deck soon?
Yes, but it will be a personal project stretched over a few years. I will be releasing individual artworks for each card as soon as I've started it. And once the deck is done, it will be available for purchase at my shop.
+ Did you study Illustration / Graphic Design / Fine Arts?
No. I'm pretty much self-taught but I did go through a Bootcamp course in smART School with a mentorship from Marc Scheff. Check their website--they have awesome programs and great teachers!
+ What does 'The Drawer Kring' mean?
THE DRAWER is a concept that both means (a) one who draws, and (b)a sliding box from a cabinet. I’ve easily fulfilled the first definition by the time I was five but I also wanted to become the second one too. Being so fond of cabinets and their secrets, whether they have gilded porcelain plates or figurines from odd places, I decided to make it a character for my brand. And so, I have THE CABINET with me, which embodies my own eclectic interest in the strange and beautiful. Skulls, specimens, exotic flora & fauna, ships in a jar, the occult, and some things a bit more familiar. My work is currently in the exploration of my personal myths, images and tales from my childhood, death and decay. It’s a jump from one weird shelf to the next. You’ll never know what you’ll get but be assured that my images will always be interesting.