Hello! I'm Arlene, a visual artist, illustrator, and paper goods designer based in Manila, Philippines.
I'm a self-taught artist working mostly in traditional water-based media. Having previously worked as a writer and art director, I decided to pursue full-time illustration work beginning in 2010 after revisiting two of my strongest interests: drawing and painting. My art is characterized by attention to detail and a feminine, whimsical charm. My body of work reflects my affinity for botanical art, rustic details, vintage ephemera, and bucolic lifestyles. While I'm comfortable rendering most subjects in my style, I enjoy painting portraits, flowers, and scenes the most. I try to keep my plate full working on private commissions, illustrating for brands and publications, joining exhibitions, and producing paper goods. I also hold workshops and private classes to teach drawing and watercolor whenever time allows.
I hope this little space inspires you to make beautiful things! If you would like to collaborate (or just say hello), send me a message!
All text, illustrations, artwork, and photographs in this site are the property of Arlene Sy, unless stated otherwise.
Photos taken with: iPhone 6s camera; Panasonic Lumix GF1