Frances Alvarez is an illustrator and graphic designer.

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zines: Studio Soup

art prints and paper goods: Common Room

Please note that I am not available to work on rush projects at the moment. For inquiries about other work, commissions, and collaborations, please feel free to get in touch through the info above.

For students: Due to my current work schedule, I'm not available for interviews and questionnaires online or offline in the meantime. Good luck with your projects.

Thank you very much!


I currently work full-time with Studio Dialogo, a boutique design studio specializing in corporate identity design, environmental graphic design, and illustration. I am also part of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan, an organization of Filipino artists dedicated to the creation, promotion, and appreciation of illustration for children. I have also previously volunteered at Got Heart Foundation for a few years.

In 2015 (July-Dec), I was part of an internship at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York, under the Bartels Scientific Illustration Internship Program. My projects were focused on conservation education materials for children featuring the critically endangered Philippine Eagle.

Full CV available upon request.

My work has appeared in various forms such as books, editorial illustrations, merchandise, apparel, packaging, identity and brand materials, and environmental graphics. 
Previous groups and clients I have worked with include Adarna House, Anvil Publishing, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Masungi Georeserve, The Philippine Star, ELLE Decor Philippines, Summit Media, and Bench. I have also participated in exhibitions in Manila and abroad.
I work, play, and experiment with different materials. 
I can draw and paint using traditional media or through the computer. My professional experience from working with Studio Dialogo for the past seven years has also exposed me to working with a wide variety of clients, suppliers, industrial materials, and production processes.

I am very much inspired by plants, animals, natural history, local culture, and travel.
I especially enjoy working on projects related to these topics. I also like working with people from different fields and expertise, which is part of what draws me to working with advocacy groups and other organizations related to my interests. I like learning from others alongside contributing my own work to a project. 

2010, BFA Information Design, Ateneo de Manila University

Dear Universe
written by Pierra Calasanz-Labrador • published by Anvil

Good Night Philippines, Good Night Worldwritten by Mila Bongco-Philipzig • published by Anvil

An Eagle's Feather
written by Minfong Ho and The Philippine Eagle Foundation •
produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

The INKredible Coloring Book for Big and Small People # 1 and 2
published by Anvil Publishing

Hue Can Do It!: The No Pressure, No Judgement coloring book
Hue Can Do It, Too!: The No Pressure, No Judgement coloring book
published by Summit Books

Ang Kanta ng Kiping
written by Ferdinand Chia Pangan • published by Child Fund Philippines

Can We Live Without Trees?
text by May Tobias-Papa • published by Adarna House

Hating Kapatid
written by Raissa Rivera Falgui • published by Adarna House

Daloy ng Pag-asa
WWF-BDO children's storybook

Pangangasiwa sa Ating mga Basura
WWF-BDO children's workbook

100 Questions Filipino Kids Ask, vol. 2
published by Adarna House

Hayop, Halaman, Karagatan, Atbp. (Animals, Plants, the Seas, Etc.)
WWF-BDO children's workbook

Press & Interviews
YStyle on The Philippine Star: Like honey to the bee
Real Living: 25 Creatives to Watch, with Speculiars
Candy Mag Creative Space
Bookwatch Vol 20, no. 16: The Illustrated Word

Kanto Journal Vol 3, no. 2: Au Naturel
The Philippine Star: Make Print Great Again

2011, Loyola Schools Awards for the Arts, for Graphic Design
2014, Best Reads for Kids award, 3rd National Children’s Book Awards, for Hating Kapatid

Selected Exhibitions
Shelved Wishes
• June 9 • Prism Gallery, Makati

Between a Puddle and the Ocean • February 23 • Galerie Roberto, Alabang
Peek a Book • March 24 • Cultural Center of the Philippines

Pang Hui Ba Huo • POST, Cubao X, Quezon City
Camouflage • Light Grey Art Lab • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Karapatan • CANVAS Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project, Vargas Museum, QC

Tinker Tales • Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's 25th Anniversary Exhibit, Ayala Museum, Makati City
Studio Dialogo's 10th Anniversary Exhibit • Prism Gallery, Makati City
Never Odd or Even • Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

GUTS • Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Alterno • Reimagined Adarna House classic covers, Shangri-La Mall, Mandaluyong City

Filipino Myths and Legends • CANVAS Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project, Vargas Museum, QC
Tale Spun • Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's 23rd Annual Exhibit, CANVAS Gallery and Gardens, QC

6 Degrees • Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
SMART • curated by Amy Ng, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Fornever Friends • Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's 22nd Annual Exhibit, The Chocolate Kiss Café, QC

Mabubulaklak na Dila • Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's 21st Annual Exhibit
   CANVAS Gallery and Gardens, QC and Corredor Gallery, University of the Philippines, QC
Kalayaan • CANVAS Looking for Juan Outdoor Banner Project, Vargas Museum, QC
Pulp Fiction • Art Informal, San Juan

Ang INK 20 Taon • Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan's 20th Anniversary Exhibit, Ayala Museum, Makati City
Where Reading Takes You • Filipinas Heritage Library, Makati City

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