Digital artist wins praise for anime-style characters inspired by Filipino icons

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A Filipino artist creating digital characters based on Filipino icons such as food, plants and animals has garnered praise online for his designs, which look like they’re straight out of a manga or video game.

Ran Carmona, who publishes her artwork under her page, Arts of Ran, has made a name for herself mixing anime-style illustrations with symbols of Filipino culture.

Carmona said Coconut he has been doing digital illustrations since 2009 and usually focuses on character design, drawing inspiration from other digital artists such as Nitro, Naru, Zexi Guo and RinoTuna.

The 32-year-old album is full of character designs that he says were based on random objects associated with local culture.

“There was a trend in the art community that I encountered one day where artists created characters out of random things like objects or marks like soda or fast food brands,” Carmona said. Coconutwhich led him to create his own Filipino version.

At first, he focused on the official national symbols of the country, such as the national fruit (mango), the national fish (bong or milkfish), national animal (carabao). But he soon realized that sticking to just these would make for a short list, so he expanded the scope of the series by adding other local items.

The artist has drawn 20 characters for the series so far and plans to create a total of 100 characters and collect them into a book.

He has since created characters based on the frozen dessert Hello Hellothe hairy fruit rambutanthe local broom walis tamboand even the quintessence tabooaka the bath ladle.

Her post has since been shared more than 9,000 times.

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