Mariel Ypil

  • Illustrator and Writer
  • Las Piñas, Metro Manila, Philippines

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Illustration has this wonderful ability to tell stories and spark feelings, to make thoughts alive, or to entice back a memory. I’ve always been fond of stories and have made some short stories of my own out of sheer enjoyment. Each time I have this feeling, any feeling at all, I get the itch to draw it as soon as possible. And each process is a story of its own. Whether it took me days to complete one piece or just for a few minutes, I can always tell that there is something going on in there.

I sketch a lot, and even doodle some ideas on my small black notebook.

Feel free to visit my art blog and follow up on my day to day meanderings in social media:

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Art Director at Campaigns & Grey (Grey Manila)

August 2014 – May 2016 Manila, PH

Worked as an art director for various local and international clients such as Procter & Gamble (Joy, Ambi Pur, Pantene, Olay and Pringles), Coca-Cola, and URC among many others.

Artist and Writer at Sunlit Curiosities (Independent Artist)

April 2016 – Present Manila, PH

I create whimsical illustrations using media such as ink, watercolour, gouache, colored pencils as well as digital. I write stories that go together with my illustrations and am currently working on personal graphic novel projects, as well as character design and illustration for a client’s graphic novel set in Victorian England.

I have been running my Etsy shop since 2017, feeling delighted each time my artwork crosses land and seas to arrive to new homes that will love them as much as I do.

Aside from illustration and writing, I also create embroidered curiosities and stationeries.

Artist-In-Residence at Studio Kura

November 3, 2018 – November 30, 2018 Itoshima, Fukuoka, Japan

Lived in Itoshima, Japan for a one month artist-in-residence program. I created illustrations and stories during my stay while being inspired by the beauty of rural Japan. At the end of my stay, I participated in the group exhibit alongside fellow artists at Studio Kura’s galleries which was visited by both local and international audience.


Fine Arts Major in Visual Design and Communication with Animation at St. Scholastica’s College Manila

June 2008 – March 2012 Manila, PH


Dean’s Lister, St. Scholastica’s College Manila

Cum Laude, St. Scholastica’s College Manila


Beneath Mountains and Seas Group Exhibit

Studio Kura Itoshima, Fukuoka, Japan

International artists from around the world of different art media present their work that are inspired by the beauty of Itoshima, Japan.

Girls, Girls Girls!

Ma+D Manila Manila

An exhibition that features female artists and their works that focus on the 2019 theme of ‘Skin.’

Art for Everyone Exhibit

SM Megamall Fashion Hall Manila, Philippines

Invited by St. Scholastica’s College Manila to join their exhibit featuring artworks by current students, alumni and faculty alongside other galleries.