Hello, I have been freelancing as an illustrator for about a year now and want some critiques on my Halloween piece.
I know there are definitely areas where I can improve. I will start by admitting that I sort of rushed myself on this piece. It took me about a week to finish. I wanted to make sure I could publish this on Halloween.
The description of this piece is what would 'Halloween look like in the Philippines?'. It depicts Filipino children of all colors and sizes walking among monsters of Philippine mythology on Halloween night during the Covid-19 2020 pandemic.
I tried my best to make every character's gestures be expressive. This is meant to be a busy piece intentionally, so I'd like to know if I executed that aspect well enough to be justified. This piece is also formatted to fit on Instagram, so it's split in half. I was hoping that formatting it like this would not have disrupted the flow of the drawing.
If you need full descriptions of what is going on:
- A tiyanak is hung over a window grossly gobbling down candy while wearing a mask.
- A sirena is wearing a scuba mask, as people dive into a minipool to grab some apples. She's standing next to a 'siyokoy' with more 'cthulu' features and there is a female berberoka hiding in the pool.
- An aeta person dressed as an American soldier receives candy from a wak-wak, while berbalang grabs a piece with their tail while she's not looking.
- The 'white lady ghost' drops ghost candy to three 'kumakatok' children.
- A Filipino girl dressed as a Filipina suffragette 'Josefa Llanes Oscoda' walks by with a duwende.
- A pugot hides in the background in the middle of the picture, lit only by a candle.
- A bungisngis hands out candy to very young Filipino children dressed as nurses.
- A mestizo pinoy boy helps a sigbin how to sanitize their paws.
- A kapre blows away one of the corona viruses that he sees while sitting on the roof of a house.
- A religious Filipino boy dressed as a pari prays to a cross with a rosary necklace on it, next to candles and a haunted framed photograph of the virgin Mary.
- A brunette Chinay Anggitay helps pull the tartanilla of a tikbalang dressed in a barong-tagalog.
- Black butterflies represent death in the Philippines.
- Various manananggals fly in the sky, some are holding pumpkins, one young one is peering over by a palm tree.
- An amomongo passes by carrying too much candy than he can carry.
- The covid-19 is inspired by Filipino symbols such as the sun of the Philippine flag.