Isa Pilapil




Oil on pre-made wooden boxes with transparent acrylic lids


The Despair Series is a continuation of the Metaphysical Armor concept.

To ‘capture’ an idea I literally drew (or painted) using ‘nothing’. All the visual representations are illusions. Despair is an illusion. 






This series is also influenced by a Brimstone in Fire song that shares its namesake.

Music: Mikah Azurin, Alfredo Bunye & Christian Igna
Lyrics: Mikah Azurin
… Escape your brain and take control
life is not found safe at home
no one else can face your plight
so smash your cage and fly outside
Tear up the maps and walk past the edges
out to the zones where monsters will be
they’re waiting to teach you the wisdom you’re needing
so sit at their feet and learn how to see
Through the lies you sow to hide your blunders
the tricks that keep your pride intact
until you leave your fear behind
there’s no escape from despair


These works are part of a group exhibition called Regalo at Avellana Art Gallery. The wooden boxes were given to all participants to compose with.

Brimstone In Fire Glyph

This glyph was designed for our band, Brimstone in Fire.

The original design by Dondi Bunye, is literally the alchemical symbol for brimstone (sulfur) :

within the alchemical symbol for fire.


Below is the first attempt at the design, which I find quite crude in hindsight. The orientation of the letters is also Don’s idea, and it proved to be quite a challenge. It turns out that there is no accurate way to make text radiate and what-more, twist from a central point.

I decided to include this second picture of attempt number 2 which was botched from the start.  I don’t think I need to say what went wrong:

And finally the main picture above is the approved attempt no. 3

Here is our band’s website:



Oil on canvas

28 x 24″

This painting was created  for a local metal band’s album cover.

The image on the left was the original concept, however it never went past this underpainting stage because a better idea came to mind.

The female figure is a representation of the Biblical Eve after the “Fall” of mankind.  I wanted to explore the unseen implications behind that proverbial ‘forbidden fruit’.  The serpent, who prior to being punished allegedly had humanoid features, might as well have been a guardian of the Tree of Knowledge. Eve’s actions could have been a conscious choice.

There is no meaning in a life where one reaps fruits he did not sow.  

This is why there was discontent, even in Paradise.

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Ouroboros Painting by Isa Pilapil

The image on the left is a small 1′ x 1′ oil painting created for the album’s compact disc.  It is a personal interpretation of the pre- “Fall” serpent.  This is the progenitor of my “Ouroboros”, a recurring theme in my works.




Here is how the two paintings in their final applications turned out:






Control Denied  “The Fragile Art of Existence” from the album The Fragile Art of Existence


Been fascinated with mythological creatures lately.  The Harpy’s face was painted in Photoshop with a Wacom Intuos 4 Pro tablet, whilst her body is from an image of an Egyptian Vulture.  I’d like this to be part of, if not the main subject of a future painting.

Behemoth “Arcana Hereticae” from the album The Apostasy


Dirty Little Sphinx

Oedipus and the Sphinx by Gustave MoreauThis started out as a pencil drawing, which was eventually digitally manipulated.  I’ve always been fascinated by sphinxes and intend to create a whole series based on the subject –if not strange mythological creatures at least. On the left is one of my favorite paintings: “Oedipus and the Sphinx” by Gustave Moreau.

“Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?”

Noneuclid “The Digital Diaspora” from the album The Crawling Chaos



A result of my ventures in ‘digital painting’ using  Photoshop + a Wacom Intuos 4 Pro tablet.

The Ouroboros is a recurring theme in my work.  This version is an amalgamation of the tail-eating-serpent, and the Biblical machinator of ‘The Fall’.

Gen 3:14 “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.”

It  is now the logo of our recording studio:

Immolation “Majesty and Decay” from the album Majesty and Decay