"HABANG WALA PA SILA" book cover and interior illustrations

Adam David, my frequent collaborator on works like TABI PO, ANG SUBERSIBO, IÑIGO'S DAY OUT, RAKET SCIENCE and many others, contacted me to illustrate a book of poems he was designing last month. It is written by spoken word performer Juan Miguel Severo who I only knew from this video that went viral last year. Apparently this is his first published work too.  EDIT: According to facebook user Cru Elle, this is his first published book but not his first published work. Severo's first batch of poems were included in On the Wings of Love: Happy Memory Project book released only months ago.

The images above are the illustrations and mockups I came up with for the cover. The cover illustration initially isn't covered. It looked like this: 

However, there are concerns on the amount of skin being shown so Alex Cruz, Adam's contact on ABS-CBN Publishing who is publishing this, gave me the idea of doing a die cut cover which would only reveal certain parts of the cover. This is how we can creatively "censor" our own work. So I adjusted the illustration to accomodate the die cut. The final cover is black but there is an alternate cover that is violet. 

from Nikko Valenzuela's facebook post

from Zee Herrera's facebook post

The ideas for all the illustrations came from Adam so my role for this project is to just be his hands. He also instructed me to take inspirations from the works of Adrian Tomine and sent me these images:

For the interior illustrations, we went for a mostly black composition. Here are some of the illustrations you can find inside the book:

And that's all there is to talk about this project. Here's me with the book at National Book Store taken by Nikko Valenzuela.