Ella LamaManila, PH
My name is Ella Lama and I am an illustrator based in Manila, Philippines. My specializations are digital illustration and lettering, but I also work with traditional media (mostly ink and gouache).
My work has appeared in local publications such as Katha Magazine, Working Mom, Real Living, The ABC's of Hand Lettering, and 1,001 Stickers for Kids. I have also done large-scale mural work for government agencies (Nayong Pilipino and Design Week Philippines) and commercial clients. When not busy with commissions, I design and sell my own line of stationery products.
If I am not at home playing with my art materials, I am usually in one of two places: at a bookstore hunting down new books to read, or in a café sketching my ideas on paper. I am a big fan of milk tea, and I listen to one song on loop whenever I'm working.
Recipes By Ella Lama
I knew I wanted to draw desserts with beans, and upon doing some research, I found that different countries around Asia have their own versions of shaved ice and sweet beans. I wanted to highlight this fact in my illustration, so I made sure to include other ingredients that are particular to each country's interpretation of the dessert. I personally love having lots of beans in my halo-halo!
I was supposed to submit this for the Food Geometry Handpicked Challenge, but then I decided that maybe I can turn this into a series of food illustrations depicting different cuisines around the world. This first one features savory dishes from Japan.
My approach for the “Birthday Bash” Handpicked Challenge is to think of a funny line that I would like to see on a birthday card and illustrate that. My piece pokes fun on the theme of “growing old”—something we are all a little bit scared of.
This is my entry to the first HandPicked Challenge, Eat the Rainbow. Instead of going the usual route of drawing fruits and veggies, I opted to illustrate another colorful and healthy group—teas! As an avid tea drinker, I really had fun doing research and illustrating the herbs, spices, and fruits that make up my favorite tea blends.