Creative Focus: This Artist Calls For “Bayanihan”

"I'm looking forward to a change that we all want. Filipinos deserve more."
by Ian Vill

Meet one of the young and talented artists who created one of the beautiful cover arts for our May issue. Justine Mercado is a 22-year-old artist based in Valenzuela City. She’s been making digital artworks for four years since the moment she got her Wacom pen tablet. Last year, she decided to actively post her work on Instagram (@in.trbl). Other than her already amazing drawing skills, she’s also a 3D Animation graduate.

She’s always been interested in arts while growing up. She has joined poster makings and other creative activities in her schools. This has led her to evolve her own art style that she’s developed throughout the years. The Korean Wave has a great influence on her art, particularly GOT7 and Blackpink. Listening to Korean music inspires her more as she draws.

As an artist, Justine wants to create art to inspire other people’s creativity.

I want people to be inspired to draw. I hope they see my art and they have the urge to draw because nothing is more freeing than art. I want them to feel free through drawing.

She even has some advice for those who might feel the need for other people’s positive reinforcement whenever they create art.

You can’t always please people with your art, but when you’re happy about what you made that’s more fulfilling than social media validations.


On COVID and the Quarantine

Justine shared with us some of her thoughts on our current COVID pandemic and the quarantine. Fortunately for Justine, she’s a homebody and doesn’t mind being indoors. She spends her time listening to music, practicing her art, exploring more drawing styles, and playing with her dog.

She also shared with us her thoughts on more serious matters about the quarantine.

The outbreak has opened the eyes of many people that have been formerly blindly supporting the government, because for once something affected everyone no matter the status, and finally more and more people have been noticing that maybe this government isn’t fit to govern at all.

We have yet to see the true β€œbayanihan” of all Filipinos, but right now instead of fighting for our right, we became competitive against who is more righteous and who is more intelligent.

As for what Justine look forward to in the future, she says:

I hope that the Filipino people will learn and keep in mind that the one they put on those position has no capability or maybe no concern for our own wellbeing. I’m looking forward to a change that we all want. Filipinos deserve more.

 

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