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Horizons: Orbis

Horizons is the official art + design folio of the students of Benilde published every year. This theme, ‘Orbis’, explored the version of your “world”. I did some submissions and the Editor’s Note illustrations.



Alyssa Maac


Graphic Design


Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Autodesk 3DS Max


Nash Cruz

Creative Direction

Mj Ronquillo

Art Direction

The Benildean Press Corps (BPC) is the official student journalist organization in Benilde. We publish ‘Horizons’, the art + design folio, ‘Shades of Gray’, the literary folio, per year and the campus magazine ‘The Benildean’, every term. As a part of the Art + Design in BPC, I was assigned by the creative director to do the illustrations for the Editor’s Note section of the portfolio. He envisioned for the illustration to take inspiration from the works of the artist Gaurab Thakali. I made up my own concept and executed the drafts before doing the actual illustration.

The creative director tells me, “make it as grainy as possible, use psychedelic colors”. I haven’t read their letters yet so I had to based my concepts from the theme following the render style and the theme. ‘Orbis’ is a Latin word that translates to world. Based from the pictures of the editors that was given to me, I visualized what their world would look like based from their clothes and poses.

For the Art Director, I drew her concealed in the room where there is a door opening to a portal for wondrous possibilities. The portals will take her to the world that she visualizes. It’s a metaphor for people who do daydreaming, reading, or even just thinking. Even if they are sitting alone in a room, their imagination can take them places.

For the layout director, I put him in a landscape as if he stopped mid-adventure to admire the sunset. I made sure to make it grainy and I used white lines for areas where there is less focus and black lines for the subject. Thakali’s art style uses thick and textured lines and unusual color combinations that work. This project challenged me because it was my first time trying this style. I also had problems with the huge file size but managed to work it out by separating the layers into files.

Meanwhile for my submissions for the folio content, students are free to use any medium and style they want. I did a range of graphic design and illustration work. The first one, ‘The Moon’s House’, was an old illustration of mine that I revived and updated. It was a 15-min pen sketch and I filtered it in Photoshop and inverted the colors. It was my attempt at crosshatch drawing. The title and story is based from an album by the band Windsor Airlift.

The artwork “Pool of Thoughts”, was a graphic design submission I did which is surprisingly done just under 20 minutes. I was frustrated at that time and so I just put out all of the thoughts that came out of my mind; “Ano Na (What Now)”, “Keri? (Are you okay?/Can you still do it?)”, “365 days to go, 0 chill days left”, lyrics to ‘Young, Dumb, and Broke’, and more. All those thoughts are mixed up and plunged down into a pool.

For the last artwork, “5th Dimension”, it was an attempt to do a 3D made graphic design. I used 3DS Max to create the multi-layered shapes that form the silhouettes. They each have variation form the original silhouette to form an illusion that looks like a person with different faces. I used the lighting to create a crystal effect for the different mixture of colors and spotlight. Then, I filtered it using Photoshop and added some strokes.

“Pool of Thoughts” was exhibited at the Horizons: Orbis 2018 in School of Design and Arts at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. Another print of the artwork is also posted in one of the rooms of the new campus. You can peek at the whole publication by clicking the link to the website below.

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