Eira Gemanil

Eira Gemanil is a wonderful 30 years old artist from Manila (Philippines). 

How would you describe yourself?

I’m a problem-solver. I like puzzles and finding solutions. With this, I feel like my mind thinks highly logically and systematically, but the way I express it is through art and design. I’m also very curious, and I like finding out how things work, why things work, and/or how things came to be. I’d say my ultimate goal in life is to do as many things as I can and to learn as much as possible.

WILDFLOWER by Eira Gemanil

How would you describe your art?

Personally, I think of my art as therapy. I draw to refocus my mind. Whenever I have my pen in hand, I zone out into another world where I don’t have to think about anything else except the lines that I make and the colors that I choose. This process is my favorite part of my art; having the output is a mere bonus. BUT, having other people appreciate and resonate with the finished product makes the whole process so much more meaningful to me.

How would you describe your field?

I think art per se is such a personal adventure. It is different for every artist, just as it is different for every viewer. It amazes me how a piece of artwork can evoke a different thought, feeling, emotion, for each person.

 

What do you want to say through your art?

When people see my art, I want them to find themselves smiling. My goal is to create art that would resonate with and inspire people.

What / Who inspires you?

I find inspiration from nature, especially plants. I am in constant awe of how amazing the Earth is, from the tiniest insect to the greatest mountain.

Whenever I find myself in a creative rut, my go-to art subjects would always be my plant babies at home. Same as art, I find tending to my plants a sort of therapy as well.

Does your work comment on your social or political issues?

Definitely. I would very much like to have work that speaks for issues important to me. Women empowerment is one of the subjects that are close to my heart, which is why I enjoy drawing portraits of the fierce, strong and confident women I look up to.

Poster with Wooden Frame Mockup standing on the floor. 3d rendering; Shutterstock ID 571260340; JNJ PO number : -
Girl by Eira Gemanil
Plant Babies by Eira Gemanil

Does your work comment on your social or political issues?

Definitely. I would very much like to have work that speaks for issues important to me. Women empowerment is one of the subjects that are close to my heart, which is why I enjoy drawing portraits of the fierce, strong and confident women I look up to.

What obstacles have you faced?

I have moments when creative doubt creeps in and I begin to question my work — is it good enough to put out, to share? Sometimes I tend to give in to these thoughts and that’s when I get burnt out and unmotivated, and end up not doing any work at all.

What is the best advice you could give to someone entering the same industry as you?

“Keep going.”

 

As I’ve mentioned earlier, there will always be moments of self-doubt. And as a creative starting out in this industry, this will come often and will hit hard. There are so many talented artists out there that you can’t help compare yourself to. You’ll feel small and untalented. And sometimes get demotivated. But we shouldn’t give in to these thoughts. Because they are just thoughts.

 

What I’ve learned instead is that we just have to keep going, keep practicing, and keep creating. To just trust the process and we’ll soon get there. Maybe not today, but definitely someday!

Beautiful illustration from Eira Gemanil

On a more pragmatic level have you been supported during your project?

Absolutely. I have a wonderful husband who supports me in whatever I do. I have the best friends to hang out with and talk to for insights and inspiration. And a wonderful family who’s always there with me. I have also found Instagram’s art community to be an amazing place full of supportive artists who have helped keep me accountable, inspired, and motivated <3

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