Ep.75: Kerby Rosanes on why you should never quit drawing!

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Kerby Rosanes is a Philippines-based illustrator who works mainly with ordinary black fine liners to magically illustrate his “doodle” world. He considers his art as a personal hobby which turned out to be his part-time freelance work after being recognized by various design blogs, international magazines, and online art communities.

Most of his works are characterized by whimsical lines, patterns, characters and little elements that are spontaneously combined to create massive compositions depicting his everyday inspirations or scenes from his quirky imagination.

In 2014, Kerby left his job as a graphic designer in a local company to finally pursue his passion: creating more art for personal projects and for various clients while collaborating with other artists and design agencies around the world.

At 25, Kerby has published five books including The New York Times best-seller, Animorphia in 2015, which is now available in 29 language editions in over 40 countries. The success of his books paved the way for him to travel the world while making art and attending events including live TV appearances on BBC World News and ABC’s Good Morning America in 2016.

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Key Takeaways

“Never quit drawing!”

  • When Kerby studied IT, because of the promise of viable career, he never stopped joining art clubs, art contests or doodling during math classes
  • After graduating, Kerby worked in online marketing but also doing digital design, graphic design. He stayed there for two years, before going freelance. The transition was difficult because suddenly he lost the security, but he was reminded by his mom, if you think you can do it, just do it, don’t be afraid to fail
  • Developing art style was difficult for Kerby like for anybody, but he just explored a lot of mediums. The only one medium and style that stuck was doodling. B&W drawing, no color, nature, and fantasy. He shared it on social media and got a tremendous response!
  • Kerby says on ‘fame’ that you have to do it. You got into this business and you don’t have a choice. He wouldn’t be this successful without his fans and audience. He always gives back, he always responds to the fan comments and questions.

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Special thanks to Kerby for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Kerby Rosanes, used with permission

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