Photo by    Mimi Demetrio

Photo by Mimi Demetrio

ABOUT THE DRAWER

KRING is an illustrator based in Cebu, Philippines. Originally from Cagayan de Oro City, she started drawing at five and since has been involved in various artistic endeavors. Lack of  opportunities to study Fine Arts or Illustration led her to read to hone her craft. Eventually, her love for antiquated literature helped her finish a degree in Philosophy. She enjoys reading on metaphysics, shooting with arrows, drawing with old pencils, and ocassionally using obsolete versions of Photoshop. 

Despite being an avid participant in gallery shows, her main focus is on illustration; particularly, book and editorial illustration. She describes her illustration style as mugna-mugna, a Bisaya word which loosely translates ‘to invent from instinct'. She has adapted this style as a direct result of her self-taught techniques with the pencil in her attempts to imitate line strokes from old masters' sketches that she found in old library books. It has also further evolved with several more contemporary references and influences. Her native roots also participate in her work through the textures she brings out of etching the paper with wooden skewers before finishing a piece. Usually, the lines depict movement and flow, but she has been exploring drawing more hidden figures that brings more depth to the storytelling.

As she had little instruction on technique and composition, most of her ideation comes from a variety of media. She's inspired by historical ruins, weird museums, strange flora and fauna, death and decay, old cabinets and odd trinkets. Her preferred subjects are inclined to fantasy illustrations; swinging between mythical characters and personal monsters. Her dream project is to fully illustrate a fairy tale book.

She lives with her partner and their three cats.

RECOGNITION

Winner | THE 7th LAMPARA BOOKS ILLUSTRATOR'S PRIZE (Philippines)
Honorable Mention | INFECTED BY ART 7: Pen/Ink/Pencil CATEGORY (US)
Longlisted | Folio Society’s BOOK ILLUSTRATION COMPETITION 2019 (UK)


ANNUALS

Infected by Art Vol. 7, Spectrum 26


SELECTED  PUBLISHED WORKS

Book Illustrations for Ang Lumang Makina ni Lola Mina for LAMPARA BOOKS
Cover and Editorial Illustrations for NEW READER MAGAZINE 'Multivision' Issue
Featured Artist for GRAPHIKA MANILA Annual Artbook, 2018
Interior Book Illustrations for BLUEBEARD'S BRIDE by Magpie Games
Interior Book Illustrations for 'The Stairway' by Charles Whipple, FABLES FOR JAPAN


SELECTED PRESS

Arte En Todo Artist Feature (Spanish)
Artist Feature - Cebu Yearbook 2019
Book Review - Liwayway Magazine (Filipino)
Folio Society Longlist - The Guardian
Art Feature in Sun Star Cebu Weekend

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 - VANITY: In Pursuit of Beauty, Jose Joya Gallery, Cebu City, PH
2019 - WHILE THE WHIRLWIND WHISPERS, Jose Joya Gallery, Cebu City, PH
2019 -
TASTEFUL NUDES,  Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2018 -
FUTURISM, Robinsons Galleria, Cebu City, PH
2018 - SCC: BRAVERY & STRENGTH, Artissimo Arthouse, Cebu City, PH
2018 - L O O S E Mr Griddle Studio Space, Banilad, Cebu City, PH
2018 - RESURGENCE, Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2017 - SWARM, Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2017 - SCC: GHIBLI TRIBUTE EXHIBITIONiioffice, Cebu City, PH
2017 - CAMOUFLAGE,  Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2017 - SCC: TAROT AND MYSTICS EXHIBITION UP Cebu, Cebu City, PH
2016 - MIDNIGHT Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2016 - NEVER ODD OR EVEN Light Grey Art Lab Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, USA
2015 - HER/A : An All Female Exhibit856G Gallery, Mandaue City, Cebu, PH