Patrice was the first illustrator to partner with Grand Dude in 2020. She is a student in the Philippines who has been creating works of art since the age of 7. She grew up around little kids a lot younger than her, which made her familiar with what kids love and want to see. She's an avid fan of anime and cartoons - which influences her style.
Patrice was doing piecemeal art as a freelance creative when she was first commissioned by Darin to illustrate a book (Rabbit and the Bullies). Kids loved her illustrations much more than the real-life photos in Rabbit’s first eight books, so Darin offered Patrice a job. She agreed to join ‘Rabbit’s people pack’ because illustrating full books was very different from the one-off artwork that she had been doing for years.
Patrice finds inspiration in various visual arts. She constantly strives to make each scene relatable to the audience. She wants the children to be able to visualize the story - even if they cannot read.
The thing I love the most is our community - how we help each other at all times.
- Patrice Aguilar
Books Illustrated by Patrice:
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