In this world of always fitting into a certain mold, creatives would know that creating art on your own terms is itself a radical move.
Enter PH designer and illustrator Jill Arteche. With a refreshing art style that she describes as ‘comically grotesque’, her pieces are a loud and proud breath of fresh air among the rest.
With Jill’s recent collabs with SM Women, WeTransfer, Fete, and more, she’s proven herself to be an artist with her own distinguishable style – one we should be keeping an eye on in the long run.
Behind the whimsy
At first glance, Jill’s art is far from the typical. With her characters’ oversized facial features, disappropriate body types, and downright whimsical palette, it’s definitely the type of art you’d have to see twice to piece everything together.
Jill is well-aware of her art style’s absurdity, as it brings her joy in sharing the weird and the wonderful to both her clients and herself.
‘Pursuing this art style was always an easy decision for me. For one thing, it brings me so much laughter whenever I draw, which is something I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of.’
‘More importantly, it also allows me to communicate my voice as an illustrator; one who celebrates beauty in the mundane and unattractive.’
Despite her work seeming out of this world, Jill’s artistic process actually comes from what we see on a daily basis. The illustrator shared that she carries around a ‘visual diary‘ to be at the ready to sketch her experiences and the people she encounters that might inspire her next piece.
‘Wherever I go, I take my visual diary with me and draw what catches my attention at a certain time. It can be an experience, person, food, anything!’
Aside from everyday life, Jill also takes inspo from PH contemporary painter Elmer Borlongan, late ‘Where The Wild Things Are‘ illustrator Maurice Sendak, and our fave childhood cartoon, Mr. Bean, whom she describes is an ‘all-time favorite‘.
Through her lens
For a woman in the creative industry, seeing the world through Jill’s eyes while she unashamedly crafts what’s beautiful for her, is what we ought to expect from the modern female artist.
Though we may have gotten used to seeing women art as something visually pleasing, Jill is taking a stand in her own way by introducing the many layers that women creatives identify through their work.
It may not be pretty to the viewer at first, but there are more complexities in art than being easy on the eyes.
‘At the end of the day, I just really want people to find a sense of ease and familiarity in my work. Whenever I catch people smiling or laughing at a work of mine, it’s in these moments that I feel most fulfilled.’
Magic in the mundane
At the end of the day, Jill’s art not only expresses her quirky imagination and style but also her mission to bring ‘magic‘ to the mundaneness of everyday life.
Whether her character is pigging out on KBBQ or crammed during rush hour in the midst of commuting, Jill weaves a world that brings onlookers into the type of technicolor surrealism often overlooked amidst our gray lives.
‘Turning to everyday life, whether it be the 7 AM rush hour or a simple merienda, my work aims to transform the mundane into the comical and lighthearted.
‘I want people to see the magical fleeting bits of the moments that we, more often than not, take for granted.’
Check out Jill’s portfolio at jillarteche.com
Banner graphic by Marx Fidel