Peek­ing into art that keeps alive the cre­ative adult

Scout - - FRONT PAGE - Paulina Ortega: Graphic De­signer, Il­lus­tra­tor

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Grew Up In: The Philip­pines. Cur­rently: An Art Di­rec­tor at Tre­men­dous­ness, a bou­tique cre­ative shop in Sin­ga­pore. Age: 24. On de­sign­ing Scout’s logo: “It was my first mag­a­zine logo to de­sign. I’ve done lo­gos for bak­eries, restaurants, a pri­vate eq­uity fund, a rock band— all around re­ally!” De­sign In­spi­ra­tion: “Alan Fletcher’s book The Art of Look­ing Side­ways opened up this ex­cit­ing world to me. It talked about pur­ple cows, how one plus one could be three, and the power of ma­nip­u­lat­ing space. It pre­sented ev­ery­day things with a sense of won­der and cu­rios­ity, and I thought, if I could hone such a skill, sharpen my eye and make a liv­ing out of it, that would be the dream.” Sig­na­ture Style: “For my per­sonal pieces, I have a very fem­i­nine tone. I love fan­ci­ful and wild mo­tifs, but pre­sented in a more min­i­mal­ist way. I like to keep things sim­ple.” “Ur­sula Le Guin said, ‘ The cre­ative adult is the child who has sur­vived.’ Al­ways keep alive the part of you that is cu­ri­ous, a lit­tle reck­less and full of won­der.” — AGV

Smoky art in­spired by Tommy Ton's pho­tog­ra­phy Hand-drawn in­vi­ta­tions for an Alice in Won­der­land and Great-Gatsby- themed wed­ding Fly­ers as part of a brand­ing project for New York-based bak­ery, Sur

Blank ex­pres­sion? In­spired by fash­ion blog im­ages, Paulina painted this per­son sans a face and limbs to sym­bol­ize how per­son­al­i­ties are de­duced “solely on what [people wear] and how they present them­selves.“

Wa­ter­color il­lus­tra­tion in­spired by The Sar­to­ri­al­ist

Paulina's al­bum pack­ag­ing for Philip­pine rock band, Pery­o­diko, was Best Al­bum a fi­nal nom­i­nee for Pack­ag­ing in the NU Rock Awards (2009).

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