Aloha! Kumusta! I'm Rose!
I was born and raised in Manila, Philippines.
I believe that art is a great way to create space for joy.
I do this through the Idyllic Scenes Collection - a series of watercolor paintings of animals in lighthearted settings, and parody comic strips inspired by Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Céline Sciamma.
I also draw anime characters from time to time.
~HOW I BECAME AN ARTIST~
I used to draw Super Saiyan Son Goku, Sailormoon, or Hiei from Yuyu Hakusho often as a child. I'd watch them on tv. I'd buy those small trading cards sold in mom-and-pop stores.
My mom, however, wasn't quite supportive. "You're only wasting paper! Nothing will come out of it", she used to say.
I kept drawing on the non-printed side of cereal boxes, at the back of my notebooks, in class. My Math teacher noticed and told my mom that I wasn't paying attention!
Eventually I started making my own comics in a notebook.
I never considered studying Fine Arts in college because I thought that it was only for people who had the money to afford it.
Instead, I studied Business Admin so that I could quickly find a job. I've worked as an admin assistant, a tutor, a call center rep, etc to pay the bills as I kept making art and managing the business side of it.
Creating art makes me feel happy. I hope that it also brings joy to the world.