The Kawaii Art of SHIRIELISE by Shiriel Corda
I personally got to know Shiriel way back in 2007 when we were still in 1st yr college in ADDU. Then again on FIDA a few years later. And she is still as cute and as bubbly as the first time I met her.
Her kawaii works and inspirational calligraphy really brighten up my Facebook feed. Which I is totally awesome that’s why I asked her for an interview so her works could share her work and pop up on your feed as well…. to inspire you and make you smile. ?
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hello! I’m Shirielise, a kawaii artist for both digital and traditional artworks.
Currently a graphic designer by profession, a Fine Arts graduate, a
pastor’s kid, and a very happy lady who married her best friend. ?
Why do you do what you do?
I have always loved drawing. When I was little, anime inspired me to draw
cute things so I can make people happy! haha.
Walk me through your drawing process?
First, I clean my table, prepare all the art materials that I will be using,
brew some coffee, drink coffee, play cute anime series for background
music, pray and then smile. Then I draw. I make sure that I have a happy
“gigil” cute vibe all over me. haha For traditional:
I use a .7 mechanical pencil, with pink lead to sketch. Then I use a .2
black lead to create finer lines in preparation for inking . After sketching, I
ink some lines using .05 copic multiliners or unipins because they work
best with watercolors. Then I color the skin first, then the facial details,
then the hair, then clothes, and lastly some accents.
I use Adobe Illustrator. I draw everything from there. I usually start with
basic shapes then eventually “sculpt” every other detail.
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
An artist’s emotions are an integral part of the artwork. I believe it is what
makes an artwork fascinating. It may just be paper and colors, but once an
artist reflects their emotions on their art piece, that is when it is able to
deliver an unwritten message to the viewers. The emotions of an artist
breathes life to an artwork.
How has your practice change over time?
When I was little, I would draw everyday. Not because I had to practice,
but because I just love drawing and it gives me a sense of fulfillment. But
as I grew up, faced bigger responsibilities in life, I had to actually make
time to practice my art. I decided to make an artwork for myself, not work
related, once a week. This allowed me to feed my artistic soul.?
What art do you most identify with?
Kawaii Arts, Chibi Arts, and Anime.
What themes do you pursue?
Magical, whimsical, cute, candy land, peaceful, dreamy, relaxing, pastel
What’s your favourite art work?
I adore Van Gogh’s Starry Night. I see it as a whimsical artwork that I
simply admire. There was one night when I was staring at a lamp post
while it was drizzling, and I saw swirls on the midnight sky through the
illusion of light and rain on a dark sky. It made me wonder if this is what he
saw when he made that painting.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
When I showed my dad my crappy, but I am rather proud of, drawing and
he enthusiastically said that “I am your number one fan!” Got stuck in my
heart up until today. 🙂
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
I became a teacher for college students for awhile. I enjoy teaching
actually, although lately I have been holding workshops instead of
teaching regularly in a school.
What is an artistic outlook on life?
Beauty. Every artist has the capacity to see the beautiful aspect of
anything, be it a chaotic or absurd scenery. It’s a gift to see what others
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
When a little girl cried over an animation I made years ago! She felt the
emotions that the main character projected. I was overjoyed that the
message I wanted to portray went through her.
What food, drink, song inspires you?
Coffee. The smell of coffee inspires me greatly to draw. There is also
cheesecake. Cheesecake makes me happy. Ghibli instrumental or anycute music feeds my imagination.
Name something you love, and why.
Victor!! He’s my best friend and my husband. Absolutely love him?
Name something you don’t love, and why.
Insecurities. It hinders me from doing what I love to do. It stops me from
What is your dream project?
A game app that requires kawaii characters and kawaii food elements!
haha. Just like “My Secret Bistro,” “I Love Coffee,” or “Hungry Hears.”
Would love to land on a project like that. Because it would be a never
ending drawing of cute things!!
Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
Rapunzel from Tangled, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, and Elsa of
What wouldn’t you do without?
I wouldn’t be able to draw without my father’s affirmation.
I am an artist today because of my Father’s affirmation, his blessing, when
I was a little child. 🙂 I truly believe that Father’s have a major role in a
child’s life and future. 🙂
What advice would you give someone who’s just starting (good lol) or someone who’d like to pursue a career in art?
Never give up. Brush away the world’s voices and listen to your own heart.
Create art not to impress, but rather to bless. For me, art becomes alive,
when it is meant to be created for another’s happiness. 🙂
Do you have any incoming projects we have to look out for?
It’s a secret.?
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Check out more of her kawaii works here…