“For 100 days, I illustrated friends and strangers in exchange for their secrets.”
A Filipino art director and illustrator recently gained international attention for doing a series of digital portraits. Terence Eduarte’s 100 Days of Secrets, which started out as a daily illustration project inspired by Elle Luna’s #100DayProject, has since been featured by the Huffington Post, Design Taxi, Metro UK, and BoredPanda, and is set to be exhibited this September 10 at A Space, Makati.
“It really just started out as a creative exercise,” Eduarte said. His creative exercise attracted many people, both those he knew and didn’t, to send him their secrets in exchange for being illustrated.
“I got a lot of secrets from all over the world. It was quite overwhelming but I tried my best to respond to every email/message. It was hard to absorb all the emotion that everyone was pouring out,” he said.
The series became a kind of therapy for the people who shared their secrets, and a lot of viewers were able to empathize with them through Eduarte’s illustrations.
We’ve seen all 100 portraits, and we picked out 10 of the most heart-wrenching secrets shared by strangers. Check them out here:
"One day, I came home from the university and my mother told me to cover up my legs in front of my friends. She didn't want them to realize I had gained weight and she said she was just protecting me from gossip. The comment didn't leave my mind and I've been bulimic ever since." #100daysofsecrets #the100dayproject
"It was my 28th birthday last week and no one remembered it. Not a single call or text from my friends and family. So I woke up the next day, sat outside my house and cried quietly. My dog came and started crying too. It was the most beautiful thing someone has ever done for me." #100daysofsecrets #the100dayproject
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