Featured Artists

Featured Artist of the Month: Art Trade MNL

Featured Artist of the Month: Iz Lacson

This month’s featured artist is close to our hearts. He is Iz Lacson and he’s also the person behind Art Trade MNL. Get to know him through this post!

Featured Artist of the Month: Noel Izrael “Iz” Lacson

This month’s featured artist is someone really close to our hearts. He has been supporting us for as long as we could remember. Sharing artwork, stickers, and prints one trade at a time. I met him at Type Kita: Pass on the Passion last 2015. Ever since we have been in touch with each other especially when it comes to art. Kuya Iz is great with graphic design and illustration and opposite that, I’m only skilled with calligraphy or letters.

Fortunately, he was present during our first event. The very first Maarteng Letra: The Pen Meet. However, he cannot join us anymore for the second one as he is in heaven now. I know you’re enjoying up there and watching us share our talents and passion for the arts. This is dedicated to you who truly pushed me out of my comfort zone. I cannot thank you enough for that.

Here you go, presenting Kuya Iz who founded Art Trade MNL.

Getting to know Iz Lacson


Noel Izrael Lacson

What made you start with this craft?

I started acrylic painting because it was one of the requirements in class. From then on I fell in love with it. Sometimes I try experimenting with other types but acrylic is still my favorite.

How long have you been doing this craft?

About 4 years.

Why did you pursue it?

I haven’t had the chance to focus on it mainly or pursue it actually and just do it from time to time. I’ve been wanting to learn so many things. My main medium is actually digital. That’s what I do every day. I love art. Whether it’s visual, audio, or even culinary. I just love art.

More about him

Did you have struggles in pursuing the craft? If yes, could share it with us please?

When the people you love don’t believe in you or don’t value your work. Worse is when they think that you’re wasting time.

Favorite quote?

Finished not perfect.

Top 3 favorite tools?

  • Mouse
  • Brush
  • Markers

If you are to share your tips and tricks with newbies, what would those be?

It would depend on what kind of art they’d want to pursue.
If you were to describe the craft in three words, what will those be?

Driven with passion

Thank you so much, Kuya Iz! For all the love and support that you have always been giving us. I feel bad for posting this late and you will never get the chance to read it anymore. I just hope that this ignites others out there to continue doing their talents and eventually share them with others.

Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.

⎯ Albert Einstein

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  • Sriparna
    October 14, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    I love your featured artist posts. Every time there’s something great and new. I love art and even crafts… All forms of art and especially acrylic… This was a great and inspiring read as always! All love ❤️

  • Scenes From Nadine (Nadine Smith)
    October 15, 2017 at 9:29 PM

    This is nice of you to dedicate a blog post to someone who inspired you to pursue your craft. I’m sure he is very honored. I like his motto: “Finished, not perfect.” I should really keep this in mind. Usually, it takes me forever to finish a task because I want it to be perfect, but maybe it doesn’t have to be! Thanks for sharing!

  • MAaya Legaspi
    October 15, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    The plot twist right there! I’m sure whenever he is now, he’s so much happier and I’m sure he’s still slaying as an artist. I like his motto btw. Also, it’s kinda sad that he won’t be able to read your post. But as what the saying goes, you’ve already accomplished a lot that even after you disappear, your work is still enjoyed by many.

  • Joanna
    October 19, 2017 at 12:51 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear that your friend and supporter is not here anymore but I am sure he is still proud of you and looking highly after your from heaven. I’m sure he would have been so happy to see this post and how much you appreciated his work as well. his art was really nice and unique, with the use of markers and his street art style of designing stickers.

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