A senior high school student is getting a lot of raves online after creating a two-dimensional, doodle-inspired mural for a Batangas restaurant.
Paul Erick Danao, 17, has been featured in several Facebook pages since early this week after he completed the design for The Big Tummy Food House in the village of Santiago in the town of Malvar.
Danao said in an interview with Coconuts Manila that he agreed to create the mural for PHP10,000 (US$206) because his family has been facing financial difficulties since the pandemic hit.
“I decided to grab the opportunity offered by my brother’s friend Miss Christine Valenzuela to be the designer of her shop’s mural. This is my first time creating a mural; I used to create only commissioned portraits,” he said.
He used black paint to create the entire project, which was finished in almost a week starting Jan. 29.
“I worked on it on weekends because I was busy going to school on weekdays,” the Grade 11 student from Malvar Senior High School said.
Danao said no one taught him to draw, a passion that started when he was just a toddler.
“When I was in daycare, I was already drawing. I received a Best in Arts award in daycare, but my talent improved when I was in Grade 4,” he said.
The teen artist has had a number of inquiries since his work became viral, although no project has been confirmed as of today.
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