Graphite Island

Aiah Gonzales

See it On Campus: Level 1

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C1260; in the room by the first floor elevator, in front of the library.

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This island drawn in pencil is filled with many kinds of activity.

The scenes are inspired by the Philippine’s colonized past. The island is a host to the tensions that occur between different ideas. But some ideas are more harmful to the island than others.

Duration: 02m 20s

Medium: 2D Digital Animation, Stop-motion, Paper, Pencil.

[Role] Animator, Director.

Graphite Island Artwork

Year: 2023

Size: 55 x 75 in.

Materials Used: Pencil, Paper, Recycled Cardboard.

With Strathmore Mixed Media paper glued on top of the cardboard shapes.

Finally, it is assembled.


The designs of the “Flying Rings” are inspired by both angels and demons from the Bible.

The Bakunawa is a serpent-like dragon from Philippine mythology. In some stories, the creature eating the moon is said to be the reason why eclipses happen.

The design of the Bakunawa is inspired by a pommel from a Visayan tenegre, a traditional Filipino sword.

Get outta there!!!

Drawings / Concept Art

Buildings without caption were from images of buildings found in Metro Manila.

Spanish ships.

Aiah Gonzales

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Aiah Gonzales is a Filipino artist and illustrator from Tokyo, Japan and is currently based on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam),
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Their playful artworks tell stories about worlds that are similar to ours. Their interests involve digital art, painting, drawing, illustration, and animation.

The next steps for Aiah will be to continue to work on their webcomic “Moonboy” along with other planned stories.

Their favorite game is Tetris.

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