If you’ve opened the pages of magazines like Scout or Garage, you probably stumbled upon poster-worthy illustrations. Variations of digital to print illustrations that play with imagery and technique, filled with pure talent. More often than not, that would be the work of Lee Caces. This 24 year-old illustrator, graphic designer and photographer that graduated from De La Salle College of St. Benilde, has been leaving his mark not just in the realm of the publishing industry but everywhere else. And we mean everywhere.
If Lee is not busy freelancing and sending in his illustrated contributions to various magazine titles, he’s probably creating murals or collaborating with well-known artists and brands to brew some of the most creative artistic outputs. On his spare time, Lee loves to travel. In fact just about all his travels seem so Instagram-worthy, but that may just be because he’s got an eye for photography too. We sat down with Lee, to get to know this talented artist a bit more:
(Some of Lee’s work)
I am a freelance graphic designer, Illustrator and sometimes I do branding & digital marketing.
I am not aware that my illustrations are popular, I just make and post them every time. I started drawing in 4th grade, used to draw cartoons seen on television. But I guess my style developed after learning all the theories and other basic stuff in college. Going digital is really practical because it saves a lot of time specially for client work, they need fast results. Whenever I have free time I just draw a lot, the key to everything
I guess my most recent ones, like the Album art I did for Logiclub X-1 (it’s a freaking album cover).
(Logiclub’s album cover illustrated by Lee)
The Art Collaboration between Karlo Torio and I (I didn’t expect that I could do that). Both of which I had total artistic freedom. I love collaborating with local artists. Also, I was totally scared to paint with coffee for TOMS. They made me sit for a couple of hours and draw the guests’ portraits on the spot #5minsketches, I got help from a friend to and we split the work (thank God) glad I was able to do it.
I started Hand Lettering when I was in an agency and they needed a print ad with lettering on it, they told me to make one. I didn’t know how to but it got printed. I didn’t like it so I practiced some more and eventually got my rhythm. I event joined a workshop for that. For the murals, I was asked by a brand to make a small mural and after posting that on social media people just started contacting me if I could do murals for them too. Swerte.
(Mural drawn by Lee)
I don’t normally write but I like telling stories through photographs, I go out and snap a few things and edit them on my phone or laptop to make them nicer. VCSO is my favorite [photo editor application]. I always keep everything raw or organic looking. I normally post travels, my art, and my plants (laughs).
I haven’t traveled that much/far yet because I just started this year but Baguio, definitely because of the weather. Zambales, witnessed the best sunset ever. Mt. Daraitan, there’s that refreshing river after that very long and tiring hike. Masungi Georeserve in Tanay, it’s been featured everywhere so I don’t have to say anything. I am excited to visit Palawan, Bohol, Mt. Pinatubo, and Mt. Pulag before the year ends.
Definitely taking care of my succulents. Green thumb yo.