Graphika Manila 2016: Valerie Chua

This year, the much-awaited conference on creativity, was again made better than its previous year’s event; especially, with its 12 amazing speakers, a lettering workshop, an open forum, an art book sale and an after party! On its first day of the main event, Valerie Chua, Velvet Spectrum, Si Scott, Imaginary Forces, Vault49 and Timothy Goodman inspired thousands of Filipinos to pursue and to continue on living a creative life.

Valerie Chua

Valerie Chua at Graphika Manila 2016
Image from Graphika Manila

For the past few years, I have been gawking at the feminine and surreal works of Valerie Chua. Consequently, every year, I have been writing on Graphika Manila’s survey form that they should add her as one of their speakers. And this year, it finally came true!

She shared her journey on how she became an illustrator and a watercolorist. She shared how, like probably most illustrators, she started by drawing Animé characters.  And later on, started drawing people around her as Animé characters.

Old Anime drawing of Valerie Chua
Old drawing of Valerie Chua

After years of drawing, her process and art works transformed. Just take a look and fall in love with some of her paintings she post on her social media accounts throughout the years.

2009

Femullet by Valerie Chua
Image from DeviantArt
Femullet by Valerie Chua
Image from DeviantArt

2010

Glide by Valerie Chua
Image from DeviantArt
Me and my Cat by Valerie Chua
Image from DeviantArt

2011

I'll Take it From You by Valerie Chua
Image from DeviantArt
Where the Sweets Roll In by Valerie Chua
Image from DeviantArt

2012

No need to look down by Valerie Chua
Image from DeviantArt
Autumn Hymnal by Valerie Chua
Image from DeviantArt

2013

No need to look down by Valerie Chua
Image from DeviantArt
We watched as you poured water to the brim by Valerie Chua
Image from DeviantArt

 

 

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During her talk, she also emphasized the importance of having a great support system, of being eager to constantly learn and practice, and of having a personal drive, which all helped her in improving her skills in drawing the human form and creating colorful and surreal scenes.

Can’t get enough of her wonderful paintings? You can check out her Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and DeviantArt account!

Stay tuned for more features of different artist’s from Graphika Manila 2016!

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