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A 16-Year-Old Student Just Reimagined Cavite Through Your Name-Style Illustrations

They look like scenes straight out of the Japanese film.

The ongoing quarantine have kept most of us stuck at home—unable to visit our families or even go to work. But some artists are finding a silver lining in this situation with some experimenting with new materials they're keeping in their cupboards, from a bottle of ketchup to unused markers. A Grade 11 student from St. Gregory Academy in Indang, Cavite, on the other hand, found time to develop his skills in digital art by reimagining famous sights in his hometown as anime-style illustrations.

"Na-inspire po ako sa isang anime movie na Your Name ni Mr. Makoto Shinkai. Then, tinry ko pong gawan ng sariling version 'yong hometown ko," 16-year-old Audi Quatro Fidel tells in an online exchange.

ILLUSTRATION Audi Quatro Fidel
ILLUSTRATION Audi Quatro Fidel

Japanese anime film Your Name (Kimi no Na wa), which first came out in 2016, follows country girl Mitsuha Miyamizu and city boy Taki Tachibana, both dreaming about the life of the other. The two teenagers later switches bodies in this coming-of-age love story mixed with Japanese folklore. It dethroned Studio Ghibli classic Spirited Away as the highest grossing anime film, and dropped on Netflix in July.

ILLUSTRATION Audi Quatro Fidel
ILLUSTRATION Audi Quatro Fidel
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Fidel explained that he only used his mobile phone for editing, specifically with the use of three mobile applications: Adobe Photoshop Mix, Adobe Lightroom, and PicsArt Photo Editor. The photographs that he used as basis were taken in March, before the quarantine was implemented.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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