Young & Queer POC Short Story Collection

Commissioned by The Creative Pandemic

   The brief was to create six images, in six hours, with a colour story and style that would look cohesive on the publication's instagram feed. I worked with Editor in Chief (Maritsa Baksh), settling on a blue/orange colour story, and loose (almost messy) painterly style.


   The illustrations were created side by side, in the order they would appear in on Instagram. I sketched in pencil, and painted in acrylics on card. I used Procreate to refine and add finishing details. The images were presented to the writers for feedback, and adjusted to fit their preferences.

Check out the illustrations in context @

A short story inspired by Philippines folklore and mythology, the datu's daughter is reimagined on a cold day in London.

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“Oh my god, the artwork looks beautiful!!! I love the art style and how you can see the brush strokes.


(Ngl, Saya looks a little bit like how I imagined her, it’s uncanny…)”

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Two people meet at a party. They lie on the grass and have a conversation. Sweet, simple, honest.

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“It captures the vibe really really well, it's beautiful” 


Two siblings struggle to open a door.

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“That's a beautiful piece of art, and I love it!”

Ad Astra

Does knowing your future really help when it comes to matters of the heart?

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“The artwork looks great! I really like the colour palette of the path and the perspective - it gives a really strong sense of the journey ahead in the story”

An Inevitable Meeting

Through the grotesque conventions of fantasy and monster stories, we are othered and experience love for the first time.

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“I love the drawing, can't wait to see it on the same screen as the story itself!”


A day in the life of Falak, a trans woman living in London. A bit of transphobia, a bit of loneliness, but a lot of joy and love.

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“This is perfect, thank you both so much 4 all the time you've put into this!!!"