INKFest is held annually, free of admission, organized by the Ang Ilustratdor ng Kabataan and is set to give us a solid look into the Filipino children’s art community, which offers viewers a glimpse into the mysteries behind these talented artists’ magical and whimsical creations.
Just like you, I am one of those who dream of becoming great in my craft as an artist. My heart jumps of joy and cries of sorrow whenever I see artworks I can relate with—artworks that evoke or arouse feelings of sadness, loneliness, happiness, love, hope, magic—bringing good and bad memories and creating magical sparks of emotions. That’s why when I heard about the event, I didn’t give a second thought going to the annual INKFest event, even if I had to go by myself alone. I instantly marked it on my calendar.
So, on the 24th of October 2015, I went. I was full of excitement because finally I would be able to attend and see the works of different Filipino artists. Located at Top Shelf Fully Booked BGC, I arrived at around 10 in the morning. As I entered the pavilion, I was welcomed with crowd noise, colorful posters and prints, large tarpaulins taller than me, decors of various shapes and vibrant colors, and art stuff organized around every corner of the place. The white wall at the left side highlights select artworks, each illustration printed on a square canvas on a wooden stretcher bar, illustrated by different artists in the children’s literature industry. A lot of people were already there when I arrived, from kids to teenagers, to adults. Artists and suppliers offer a wide range of art merchandises, lined on top of wooden and monobloc tables—art prints, postcards, posters, catalogues, paper products, books, stickers, accessories, and all sorts of souvenirs—which are great as keepsakes. As time ticked by, the crowd continued to grow in number. Group of people were piled in the registration booth, entering their personal information and receiving freebies from the organizers. Attendees were also encouraged to take photos at the photo booth. A bunch of cute kids accompanied by their parents joined other kids in activities like drawing, coloring, painting, and the like. Teenagers and young adults along with their friends prowled around the area, finding awesome stuff to buy and engaging themselves in every activity they’re in. Some of the event goers were alone like me, just enjoying the place.
Pumped in crowd noise, the whole pavilion was alive and full of all sorts of artistry. There were live arts, talks, and storytelling sessions that will keep you engaged and motivated. I saw a number of artists from traditional artists to digital artists, showcasing the use of different media like coffee, watercolors, acrylic paints, pens and markers, pastels, and other art mediums. You’ll be inspired seeing a variety of art styles in different forms that are unique to each artist’s preferences and way of expression. I especially like the whimsical and dreamlike watercolor paintings by this awesome artist named Raine Sarmiento. Yes, she’s absolutely awesome! See her works to prove I’m right. Another artist I admire so much is Robbie Bautista, also known as “The Creative Dork” and “The Travelling Dork.” Ever since I got to see his works, I started to consider myself a fan who is always fascinated with his artworks—the emphasis on details and textures, the style, and the concept itself. Not only is he a great artist, but also a witty blogger. Check out his creative works and writings, and you’ll be amazed! Too bad I didn’t get the chance to see him again at that event (though, I had the chance to go on a hike with him before, a climb organized by Ivan Lakwatsero/Batang Lakwatsero).
To kick-start your imagination and keep you inspired, here’s a collection of images I took from the catalogue I bought.
Be sure to save the date for next year’s INKFest event and I suggest to never miss it. I’m sure you’ll leave the place with a happy heart.