Watercolor, gouache, pencil, ink / 11.5 x 15.25 inches / 2015

To celebrate their 35th anniversary, Adarna House invited illustrators from Ang INK to re-imagine the covers of 35 of their books. I was assigned “Ang Kamatis ni Peles,” written by Virgilio Almario. The original cover and illustrations and of the book were done by Renato Gamos.

Starting June 26, 2015, the artworks were displayed for 1 week inside Shangri-la mall in Mandaluyong, Quezon City. They also launched postcard sets of the finished artworks, with part of the proceeds from sales going to the Adarna Group Foundation.

Color study and the finished artwork

“With Alterno, which means ‘stand-in,’ Adarna House and Ang InK express their gratitude to artists by paying tribute to their ideas with reimaginings of katerno (corresponding) covers. In honor of their contribution to the Filipino children’s book industry, this exhibit salutes classic and contemporary illustrators for paving artistic pathways and defining tradition, and for discovering new roads towards innovative creation.”

Photo © Adarna House

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