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Meet the Illustrator Behind our Best Dressed Portraits

Keep an eye out for Tom Bucag.
Meet the Illustrator Behind our Best Dressed Portraits Keep an eye out for Tom Bucag.

There’s a new artist around the block, and he's only 21. The Q.C. based illustrator known for his unique and distinctive caricatures stole our attention on Instagram, before we finally asked him to do portraits of our Preview Best Dressed Girls last January for the #PreviewBestDressedBrunch

Get to know more of the rising artist who is Ed Thomas Bucag—or Tom, for short—with this quick Q&A. 

Describe Tom Bucag in not more than 10 words.

Work in progress.

What does Tom do on the daily?


I try to make it a point not to make everyday repetitive and function like a machine despite having a day job. On some days, I visit galleries, go bookstore hopping, take photos, or catch up on shows. If I opt to stay home, I research. The Internet, I must say, is the best alternative source of knowledge especially when you don't have access to prints. It's good to be aware.

Your works are very different. Can you describe your style? How did you come up with this?


Tom's self-portrait. 

Many see it as something very European, French-esque, but honestly I can't describe it myself. If I needed to, I'd describe it as genuine. It's a long process. I've done detailed charcoal drawings, to watercolor artworks, to mixed media, to this. Finding your own style/identity, in my opinion, is the hardest part. When you find it, everything just goes. But of course, you don't just settle; keep learning.

What made you choose to draw like this?

It's different and it makes me smile a lot. Haha!

What inspires you to create art? Do you have an artist inspiration?

It's more of putting purpose to a given skill. Yes! Jean-Luc Godard!

Can you share with us artworks and tell us something about them?

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My first published artwork back in 2014. Firsts are always special. (Credits: YSTYLE, The Philippine Star).

I usually sketch on scratch papers.

Go-to look for my girls.

 Illustrations I did for the Preview Brunch Invitation.

My references are usually quite dated (Vogue, May 1930; photo by Cecil Beaton).

I'm currently keeping myself busy by practicing painting on canvas. This one's my first attempt using acrylic. It's a long way to go but I'm enjoying so far!

See more of his works over at www.instagram.com/tombucag

Read more about the first ever Preview Best Dressed Brunch in our March issue here

Main image by Tom Bucag originally for ggforyou.com

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