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‘Guhit ni Gia’ imitates life

With humor and angst, an artist captures youth’s thoughts and feelings
05:10 AM August 11, 2018

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Earlier this year, Gianna Kriselle Obispo from De La Salle University put up her Twitter account @guhitnigia to show images of drawings. To her surprise, her works—colorful, childlike figures with a touch of humor and angst—caught people’s attention.

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Today, Obispo has more than 7,000 followers promoting and supporting her Twitter page.

Guhit ni Gia is a sensation for two reasons. First, the artworks, which capture everyday thoughts, feelings and experiences, are relevant to the youth. It’s like Obispo has put herself in our shoes and understands exactly what we’re going through.

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Second, the drawings reflect the issues that the country is facing, like gender equality, corruption and more. Obispo believes that art and real life complement each other. She uses her drawings as visual commentary on society.

Stress relief

Guhit ni Gia gets an average of 1,000 retweets and 1,000 likes.

When asked what motivates her to keep creating art, Obispo said she realized drawing can be used not only to express one’s beliefs, but to vent out her own frustrations and insecurities, thus serving as a form of stress relief.

Recently, Guhit ni Gia made the cover of a new zine by Gantala Press. The zine, “Bad Romance,” was launched at the 2nd Philippine Romance Convention, a celebration of romance in books, comics and games.

Obispo made the cover of a new zine “Bad Romance.”

Her works are colorful, childlike figures with a touch of humor and angst.

Obispo’s style is reminiscent of “kawaii” Japanese illustrations.

Her drawings reflect the issues that the country is facing.

The artist made this in reaction to the TRAIN law on how it will affect small businesses

The artworks capture everyday thoughts, feelings and experiences.

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