Thank you for dropping by my online home! I suppose an introduction is in order, since this is a brand new website I created solely for my creative endeavors. If you know me, you may skip this. But if you’re new here, please feel free to read on. 😀
My name is Kat Santos-Yutani, an artist and illustrator from the Philippines. I live with my husband in our teeny tiny home somewhere in the southern part of Metro Manila.
A question I often get asked is whether or not I studied art in college—I did not. I majored in English, actually, but I admit to seriously considering shifting to the Fine Arts program at some point; I just got scared of taking the talent test, failing it, and having to find another course to transfer to as a consequence.
I’ve been drawing since I was a little girl. My notebooks were never neat ‘cause I doodled on the margins and on the pages at the back. I’ve always liked drawing girls, and there was a time when all I drew were people’s faces, mostly still women. 😅
I also wrote a lot as a kid, but I wouldn’t say I was particularly good at it. I’ve kept several blogs throughout college and still presently have a personal blog, though updates are few and far between. Hopefully things would go differently around here. 🤣 In 2012 a short novel I wrote about my fangirl dreams got published in digital format, so I guess you could say I’m a published author. 😬
When I’m not drawing, I’m usually reading, either actual print books or articles online. I’ve always had great interest in psychology (I also considered taking it in college but got scared of the required Math courses) and often wonder why it’s not part of basic education when understanding the workings of people’s minds would greatly benefit humankind. I am especially passionate about subjects surrounding the self: self-esteem, self-sabotage, self-worth, self-love—the works, as well as mental health, having gone through several points in my life I call my own dark ages, constantly being troubled by my anxious mind, and having important people in my life who struggle with mental illness.
I’m also a feminist and my feminism is fueled by the anger and frustration born out of my experience of being not only a woman in a man’s world, but a fat woman of color. Yes, I said fat, not plus-size, chubby, curvy, or any other word considered safer, more positive, and less offensive. I think if we’re fighting discrimination based on weight, owning the words being used to insult us and consequently taking away the power they have over us is a good place to start.
One of my favorite books is The Little Prince, which two of my tattoos are based on. I also have another literary tattoo on my left collarbone from an ee cummings poem, which reads unbeingdead isn’t beingalive—a reminder to try live fully instead of merely existing, which I unfortunately still sometimes forget. 🙃 I’m guilty of buying more books than I allot time for to read and to spending more money on books than I do on anything else. Except maybe food.
That said: I love food. I should be on a low carb diet due to a condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome, but at the time of writing, I’m off it, so I eat pretty much all my favorites, which I also sometimes draw. Some of these are ramen, katsu curry, pizza, and carrot cake. I can eat ramen every day. Tonkotsu, preferably. Locally, my favorite ramen shop is Ippudo, but so far the best bowl of ramen I’ve had is from a shop in Kyoto called Masutani. It was glorious!
At present, I work mostly on my iPad Pro, which I acquired less than two months ago. I really love the convenience of having many different tools in one app (Procreate!) and enjoy experimenting with different brushes. I’m learning more about Procreate every day and I’m convinced it still has a lot of features I haven’t explored. I also work with traditional mediums like pencil, ink, and watercolor.
My illustration style has been described as hip and fresh. I like using brushes that successfully mimic actual tools and mediums, as well as adding subtle textures to my drawings for some character. I’m currently in the process of trying to figure out not only my style, but, more importantly, how I can make art that expresses who I am and what I believe in, that can be a vehicle for my ideas and stories, and that mean something not only to me, but to others as well.
I suppose this is plenty, so I’ll end my introduction here. Thank you for taking the time to read it and I hope you come by to read future entries as well! ☺️