LOOK: This Grade 12 Student Draws Portraits With Ketchup

Resourcefulness and creativity go hand in hand in his works!

(SPOT.ph) Since community quarantine started, most people—especially students—has had too much time in their hands. While some spent waking hours binge-watching on Netflix or listening to podcasts, others decided to pursue creative projects in their idle time. Take for example Vincent Dwight Paulo, an incoming Grade 12 student at the Sto. Domingo National Trade School in Nueva Ecija, who makes cool portraits using a kitchen staple: ketchup.

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PHOTO BY Vincent Dwight Paulo
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"I [want to] try and explore different mediums. During [the] lockdown, I had a hard time looking for art materials. So I looked for some things that are readily available inside the house and that's itI used ketchup," Paulo tells SPOT.ph in an online exchange. The 17-year-old artist says that he uses toothpick to spread the fluid around the plate, and the process takes from three to four hours per portrait. He has so far drawn portraits of BLACKPINK members, Money Heist characters, One Direction band members, and local celebrities like Daniel Padilla, Liza Soberano, and Nadine Lustre.

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Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo
PHOTO BY Vincent Dwight Paulo
Liza Soberano
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The artist is an incoming Grade 12 student at the Sto. Domingo National Trade School in Nueva Ecija.
PHOTO Courtesy of Vincent Dwight Paulo

When asked what he wants to say to those who are having a hard time looking for materials during lockdown, Paulo says: "I want to inspire others to use other materials since drawing doesn't stop with coloring materials and pencil alone. Art materials are everywhere, you just have to explore."

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