Eunpyon is a digital artist with a signature style that no one can mess with. She places contrasting themes together in a rose-tinted world. This 21-year-old Laguna-based artist is making Manila cute again, and it’s not just for kicks.
Most of your subjects are women. What makes women the best subjects for your art?
First, I’m a woman so it’s something that I see every day. And most of my friends are also women, and when I draw, I try to show their strengths, the strengths of women in my drawings, and also they’re like the perfect canvas. I love drawing women’s clothes so being able to draw that also in my characters is something that’s super fun for me.
Personally, what’s Manila for you?
I think Manila is the epitome of grungy beauty. Because when you think of beautiful cities, a lot of people would think of Tokyo, the things you see in anime. But when I think of Manila, that’s what comes out: It’s a beautiful city.
And it has grunge that cannot be depicted in Tokyo ’cause Tokyo is too clean for me. In Manila, you have different sides to it. You have the clean part, which is Makati, but Makati also has its grungy parts. And I think it also reflects the people living in Manila since we’re not always super squeaky clean.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is death. The horrid combination of the uncertainty of everyday life and the fragility of my own mortality creates a horrible mix that makes me feel unsettled and fearful.
What’s the best and worst thing about being young?
Being young is awesome! We have the energy to branch out and explore the world as well as ourselves. We can really put ourselves out there without the wear and tear. The only real bummer is the feeling of being lost. We are old enough to understand that our actions have consequences and whatever we do will shape our future. Not knowing what to do and what step to take is pretty frightening.
Interview by Rogin Losa
Photography by Czar Kristoff
Styling by Vince Crisostomo
Hair and makeup by Zidjian Floro and Raffy So
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