Having a healthy body, mind, and soul can replenish your ‘creative rut’

A student artist’s maximalist artwork style

For 21-year-old student artist Cyrill Acuña, art could be very kitschy. “The art that I am creating these days can be categorized as heavy stylistic cartoons that are very much inspired by pop culture and the ‘90s cartoons.”

Time was when Acuña held this snobbish very high-standard notion that only hyper-realistic drawings and minimalist aesthetics could be considered “amazing art”— “I let go of that idea and embraced what makes me really comfortable and just be unapologetic about it,” he said.

He has been making art since age four, and recalls how his father would draw caricature portraits of him, which inspired him a lot.

This Information Technology major from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines- Manila draws great inspiration from Japanese culture, from the Japanese stationery to food, music, fashion.

The artist’s self portrait

Though he admits that it is hard to find inspiration lately because like many artists he is very vulnerable to burnout, “I am a visual person so films and any multimedia content can give me a little bit of inspiration boost.”

Recently, however, he found out that he is more inspired into creativity when he talks to other creative people. “Even if we have differences in what we are creating, it’s very fulfilling to me to learn and have conversations with them.”

Acuña stresses, however, that an inspiration can depend on one’s state of mind. “Having a healthy body, mind, and soul can replenish your ‘creative rut era,’” he said. 

Aside from doing art, he is busy practising coding in his course, which he applies as well to designing websites including his own for his portfolio.

And like other young creatives, Acuña is very vocal about what is happening in the country, “Art is the manifestation of our politics. I think it is important to use our art and our platform to express our thoughts on the injustice and misinformation that is happening in our country right now.”

He created a tumindig art piece as well, “There is no small effort in voicing out the needs of the masses. Everyone has a voice and let’s use that for good. Be vocal,” he said.

Tumindig artwork

He is also set in illustrating a children’s book. “I always love kid literature it is a very genuine genre. And I hope I can collaborate with someone to flesh out their story with my illustrations.”

“Online meeting”
“The art that I am creating these days can be categorized as heavy stylistic cartoons that are very much inspired by pop culture and the ‘90s cartoons.”

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