Manila, Philippines-based artist Patrick Cabral is a jack of all trades. A multi-disciplinary designer and type artist, he has mastered calligraphy and papercutting, as well as sculpting, web designing, and even app development. “I don’t know what to call myself,” he once remarked in an interview with spot.ph. “And I don’t really care about labels.”
According to his website, his artistic passion sparked early on, with his love for calligraphy starting at just 11 years old, when he took an odd job of writing the names of graduating students’ high school diplomas. This was his first foray into the world of letters and typography.
Growing up, he began his career as a web developer and animator and worked for various clients ranging both local and abroad, from corporate branding and digital advertising to fashion websites.
But we first stumbled upon Cabral’s name when we came across his Endangered Species series, meant at highlighting various endangered species. Using papercutting techniques, he carves portraits of animals such as tigers, pandas, and even pangolins, adding intricate details by hand. The result is breathtaking, to say the least.
His series is supported by the philanthropic organization Acts of Kindness, and is also in partnership with World Wildlife Fund Philippines, with the aim to educate the public about the plight of at-risk animals. According to Cabral, a portion of the sales from this collection has gone towards supporting nature preservation in the Philippines.
See more of his impressive work on Instagram: