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VERNE AHYONG

PURPOSEFUL MODERNITY IN KHRYS BURDEN’S GRAPHIC DESIGN

A Passion Rekindled

Khrys Burden always knew they would be an artist. They developed an interest in the arts at an early age, evidenced by their being the go-to representative for poster making, layout designing, and mural painting projects in school.

In college, they initially pursued a degree in architecture—a more practical application of their creative skills—at the University of San Carlos. However, medical concerns forced them to stop formal schooling.

“It was during the recovery period that I started attending workshops around Cebu that had to do with things like watercolor, calligraphy, notebook making, and so on. I would like to say that I really developed my creative skills during this time.” Khrys shares.

With their creative passion rekindled, Khrys searched for a school that would cater to their needs. They enrolled in Draft Academy, where they honed their digital art skills and learned industry standard graphic design practices, through a one-year certificate course.

A three-piece poster series featuring a dove, a turtle, and a tarsier was their favorite school project at the academy. The project allowed them to use their graphic design skills to promote an advocacy they supported. It also taught them a valuable life lesson:

“This project reminded me of how I really like graphic design,” Khrys shares. “I also remember the power going out as I was working on the project. That was the moment that seared the concept of ‘save often!’ into my mind.”

Khrys has since reprinted their poster designs as postcards and sells them at Craft Story.

Pansters vs Planners

Much thought goes into each of Khrys’s designs. ‘Would people like this?’ This is the first question they ask when starting a new creative project. This is followed by a period of inspiration-seeking and research. Everything they does follows a logical process, before the creative flow takes over:

“I never really jump into a piece blind. Everything from composition to color palette begins with rigorous research. If I do it properly, everything naturally falls into place. I put down lines, which turn into shapes, which turn into images. A bit of color and texture and…the design is done. I don’t quite know how it happens myself,” says Khrys.

Modernity is the aesthetic that lies at the center of Khys’s designs. Things like bustling cities, 2000’s fashion, sharp architecture, are some of the many things that inspire them. Their designs, featured in postcards, stickers, button, and button pins are especially popular among younger customers: high school and college students, young professionals, and the like.

For young designers, Khrys has some words of encouragement: “Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Mistakes are a part of the process, and as the famous saying goes, ‘A master has failed more times than a beginner has even tried.’”

Khrys’s works are on display at our shelf and peg wall. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also view their artist’s portfolio on their website.

*NOTE: Gender neutral pronouns were used at the interviewee’s request.


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