Raxenne Maniquiz
Rafflesiaceae of the Philippines

Science & Technology

Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
I have an ongoing series of illustrations which focuses on endemic flora of the Philippines. It started with a zine that catalogs ten species with descriptions and locations. While researching, I came across papers about Rafflesiaceae and saw a distribution map. It inspired me so I created my own illustrated version with all flowers seen in the same angle to better visualise their differences.

How was the illustration used:
This is a personal project of mine. Seeing this as an educational tool, I uploaded it online for free so anyone can access and print the poster. I also gave away free riso posters of it during a design conference where I gave a talk.

How did you make this work:
This is a digitally rendered artwork. I started with researching endemic rafflesias, drawing all of them one by one, checking their geographical locations, getting their sizes so that they are relative in scale to each other, and finally plotting them in the map.

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Raxenne is a designer and illustrator from the Philippines. Her work consists of flora and fauna—mostly the kind endemic to her country—drawn with deep, painterly strokes and brilliant contrasts. These finely textured drawings appear in campaigns, product packaging, apparel, and other commissioned projects. She has worked on projects for Cole Haan, Dr.Martens, Jordan, Tatler, Toblerone, Uniqlo.