Commissioned by Adobe, for the global launch of Adobe CS5 in 2010. Originally titled Rise Together. Download the official How-To guide of this artwork, to see the concept and illustration process.
The Rise Together artwork stemmed from a recent calamity that forever changed my country, the Philippines. Tropical Storm Ketsana ravaged the Philippines in September 2009, bringing rains and floods in record amounts. At one point, about 80% of the capital, Manila, was submerged under water. Many were affected by the typhoon but it didn’t take long for us, as a nation of Filipinos, to bring our country back.
The day after the typhoon, everybody went out and helped each other through donations, relief and benefit projects—regardless of age or social standing. The typhoon dealt a huge blow to our whole country indeed, but the social action and togetherness it brought about among countrymen was something never seen before. For me, the camaraderie—everybody rising together out of such tragedy—was an inspiring idea to focus on for the artwork.
The final version of the piece, with the source file and tutorial included in every commercially available version of the application (inside the app’s “Sample Artwork” folder).