This week we’re excited to feature a gorgeous set of conceptual illustrations by Celina de Guzman. Her work is characterised by themes such as love, loss and longing conveyed in pastel colours and poignant visuals. With inspiration from Egon Schiele, Yoshitomo Nara, long commutes and personal stories, Celina draws up her deep and haunting world in silence, soft strokes, fine lines, and cups of coffee.
Hi Celina, please tell us a bit about yourself.
Hi, my name is Celina de Guzman. I’m an illustrator (and sometimes designer) residing in Manila, Philippines. Lady-baker extraordinaire by day, illustratess by night, and a fulltime mother of a hedgie named Henri.
How did you get into the illustration industry at first?
I took up Visual Communications for my bachelor’s degree in college– I’ve always enjoyed arts, I felt (and constantly feel) that I was built to create. My earlier years were spent on branding and design work with friends, though I left a year later to focus my time and energy on illustration.
Mainly what set me off was the fact that I didn’t want to waste the “spark” of (artistic) potential within me. As cliche as it sounds, life is too short for regrets and crappy choices. I’m no supernova– I’m light-years from being one, but I strongly believe I’m meant for a creative route.
Could you share some tips with our readers to overcome creative blocks?
The best advice I could give is to keep your mind busy whether it’s illustration-related or not. Blocks can end whenever and wherever. There’s a need to stay alert and be on standby for jolts of inspiration. Focus on turning your potential energy into kinetic energy – read poetry, travel, have your heart broken, share cups of coffee with like-minded individuals. I believe in sulking and mourning the loss of productivity, but I feel time is better spent being dynamic. Based on my personal experience, forcing work during illustrative inactivity leads to cold and disingenuous pieces. So I bake cookies when I can’t illustrate.
How do you think being featured on Kuvva platform will help you?
Apart from giving me a platform to share my work, Kuvva has visually introduced me to other like-minded individuals. In a way, being part of Kuvva’s pool of creatives has been indirectly educational – the experience encourages me to explore different mediums, experiment on various aesthetics, and play around with methods of execution.
It’s one thing to share your work to a community, and it’s another to live and breath in it.
Do you have any future project in mind?
A couple, actually, some of them being too ambitious, others feasible yet time-consuming. I’ve been wanting to create some sort of personal and/or collaborative zine, though I feel my written emotions wouldn’t do justice to my ideals and visions : ) Another would be embroidery, or doll-making – anything related to textiles, anything a bit more interactive and three dimensional.
I’m doing my best to break away from my comfort zones.
Scroll down to see the entire set of illustration Celina has for Kuvva app this week!
“These Were Our Dialogs Of Sweet Surrender”
“Theories On Longing”
“There’s A Feeling In My-Chest That Wants To Glide Like Leaves, And Set Like Fires”
“We Left The Kitchen Cold”
“We’re Cuter Than Your Boyfriends 2”
“We’re Cuter Than Your Boyfriends 1”
“There’s A Feeling In My-Chest That Wants To Glide Like Leaves, And Set Like Fires 2”
“Learning Comes In Layers”
“Aggressiveness Expressiveness 2”
“Melancholia, What’s Your Rhythm?”
“Found Souls; Open Island”
“Fishcakes And Remedies”
This blog was first published on Kuvva blog.