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  • Date: September 20th, 2016
  • Author: admin

Students at First Academy come from different backgrounds, but one thing in common is their passion for digital arts. Let’s get close and personal with…

Sarah Atayde

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WHO IS SARAH?
Sarah Atayde graduated from De La Salle- College of Saint Benilde majoring in International Hospitality Management. Growing up a classical dancer, she was exposed to and developed a passion for the arts and its expression through various mediums.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FIRST ACADEMY?
Upon deciding to pursue a course in Web Design, I did research on schools that offered this program. I chose First Academy as I felt that their program was comprehensive and fitting. I also appreciated that they had two different schedules to choose from.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR COURSE?
I chose the Web Design program because digital art, specifically layout and web design, has been a long time hobby of mine. It is a skill that I want to further develop and maximize.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING IN CLASS?
We currently are covering designing websites using Dreamweaver.

WHAT LEARNINGS HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED?
It is the middle of the program and we have studied various tools and programs such as: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, HTML5 and CSS and Adobe Dreamweaver

WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR SPARE TIME?
In my spare time I enjoy being active and traveling.

WHERE DO YOU GET INSPIRATION?
I believe that inspiration can be found all around us in many forms.

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT PERSON?
Night person

ADVICE TO ASPIRING ARTISTS WHO WANT TO GET INTO DIGITAL ARTS?
Never hesitate to put yourself out there to learn more about a skill that you enjoy.

WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A WEB DESIGNER OR DIGITAL ARTIST?
I wanted to further develop my skills as a Web designer and Digital artist as I very much enjoy the versatility of its medium. There are so many possibilities that technology allows in the process of creating.

Unna Mikah Razon

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WHO IS MIKAH?
I’m Mikah and I’ve recently shifted to UX design from a job in engineering. I love TRAVELLING and CREATIVE ARTS whether it’s visual or performing arts.

WHY FIRST ACADEMY?
I’ve heard from reviews that the teaching style here is more leaned towards immersion and direct application right away of the concepts which I think suits me best.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WEB DESIGN AS YOUR COURSE?
I wanted to become better in UX design and I think this course will give me the skills I need. It’ll also introduce me to people who I can collaborate with on future projects.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING IN CLASS?
Right now, we’ve been given our first immersion project! I, personally, think mine will be quite challenging, but I’m up for it!
I’ve learned and have become more acquainted to the tools that can make web design easier as well as more informed about the common practices in the web/UX design industry.

WHAT DO YOU DO ON YOUR SPARE TIME?
I listen to a lot of music and read books/Manga. And as much as possible, I go to the studio and attend dance classes 🙂
Or I travel!

WHERE DO YOU GET INSPIRATION?
When I’m being deliberate on getting creative ideas, I usually head out to design blogs and Pinterest pins. But sometimes ideas pop in my head even when I’m listening to music or doing dance rehearsals. Haha. Inspiration can come from anywhere I guess 🙂

Jenissa Gonzales

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Who is JENISSA?
I’m Jenissa Gonzales. 25 years old. I’m an animator at Goalfish Solutions Inc. and Instructor at FACA. I’m currently engrossed in playing pingpong.

Why did you decide to become a digital artist?
I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I used to draw on the walls of our home when I was younger. I grew up watching various cartoons and anime on TV and reading comics.

Where are you finding ideas or inspiration for your work these days?
I’m a huge fan of Hayao Miyazaki and his works. Every time I search for inspiration, I always go for his movies. I want to create illustrations that carry compelling stories. I think Miyazaki perfectly did that to his animated movies. And ever since the Internet took over our lives, artists all over the world got the chance to show their works to a larger audience. It became a way for us artists to motivate and influence one another.

What project/s are you working on now?
I’m currently working on online animated explainer videos. We do storyboards, design and animation of the whole video. I’m also doing a digital painting commission for a friend.

Share one or two works that you are proud of and how you made it.
I volunteered to make a simple animated video for World Vision Philippines’s Loyal Donor Event. It was given to me a week before the event, and every night I worked on it after my day job was done. As a child sponsor at the organization, I’m proud that I can share my skills and use my talents to support a cause.

What’s your favorite watering hole or restaurant?
UCC park café. I love their cocoa drink.

What can you tell those people who are doubtful of learning or exploring their inner artist?
I’ve seen people who regretted ignoring their artistic pursuits because they thought they couldn’t do it, or it won’t be worth a try. Just keep drawing. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you’re doing something that you love.

What do you do to step outside your comfort zone?
I force myself to try and grab opportunities even though I’m not that type of person. I reassure myself that no matter what happens, whether the outcome’s good or bad, it’s an experience.

If I could create something with an unlimited budget, what would the end result be?
I would love to create an animated movie.

How has FACA helped or influence your artistry?
I took up Fine Arts in College. But First Academy, having specialized courses, helped me a lot in the areas I wanted to focus on like After Effects for Motion Graphics and Animate CC, visual storytelling for animation. I got my job thanks to the skills I learned from FACA.

Who’s your favorite artist? Why? What works did you like?
I like a lot of artists like James Jean, Victoria Ngai, Goro Fujita, and Rodney Fuentebella to name a few. They’re not just good in their craft but they also share their knowledge and experiences.I also admire Ronnie Del Carmena lot.Seeing his work in Up and Inside Out reminds me that Filipinos artists are capable of doing world class animated movies.

Do the opinions of other people influence or change what you create?
Yes. In dealing with clients, you have to give what they want. On personal works, criticisms from others help develop my skills further. I learned to value them. But at the end of the day, we are our own audience; you have to know what you really want to share before others can appreciate it.

What advise can you give to people who aspire to become a digital artist like you?
Work hard, draw often. Have a good attitude towards work, help other artists grow and stay humble.

Do you collect anything?
I collect art-related books for studying and inspiration purposes.

Do you critique your own work? Explain.
Yes. It’s all part of the process. You improve as you continue to create more art; you learn what works best for your own style. It’s like trial and error. Criticisms are good.

What inspires you?
Small moments or experiences that I can convert into a piece of art. Seeing that I am slowly but continuously improving in the profession that I chose.

Herald Mendoza

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WHO IS HERALD MENDOZA?
Hi I’m Herald Mendoza, a 3D Artist and a gamer. I do a lot of 3D work, both personal and commissioned. Whenever I have free time, I play video games.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A DIGITAL ARTIST?
I was inspired , at one point back in college, when I saw Final Fantasy Advent Children being shown in a TV display in the mall. I was in awe and didn’t realize I was standing there, watching, for quite some time. My excitement led me to inform my brother, who took up 3D as well before leaving the country. I was planning on studying his old modules, but my brother told me to enroll in FACA and study it properly.

WHY FACA? WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR COURSE?
As mentioned, FACA was recommended by my brother. I chose 3D because of the animated movie, Final Fantasy: Advent Children.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR TESDA 3D ANIMATION NC III CERTIFICATION. WHAT PREPARATIONS DID YOU DO TO PASS IT?
I took the exam with some of my friends at Top Peg studio which lasted the whole day. During the exams, you’ll be asked to design a character, model, set it up with a rig, and animate it. For my preparation, I brushed up on my modeling skills and constantly practiced on doing it fast. Also, I did some rigging practice.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST?
Teruyuki Ishikawa and Yuka Ishikawa.

WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT BOOK YOU READ?
Game Environments and Props by Michael McKinley

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
3D specific, I am a fan of Level Designs. I’m fascinated how an artist defines or conceptualizes the points and elements, even its placement. I get inspired knowing that there’s great effort involved in doing Level Designs, both artistically and technically.

CAN YOU SHARE ANY EXPERIENCE THAT HAS TAUGHT YOU TO BECOME BETTER AT WHAT YOU DO?
I am very proactive, always searching which areas I can improve on. Whether it’s about the quality or the process, I research and see how other artists do it. I scour tutorials, forums – and when I do find better and more efficient workarounds, I try applying them. So I guess, I just never stop practicing and learning.

HOW HAS FACA HELPED YOU IN YOUR CAREER NOW?
I would not be a 3D artist if it weren’t for FACA. I was able to meet a lot of great people who has influenced my work, and me, as a person, and whom I’m now good friends with.

DO YOU CRITIQUE YOUR OWN WORK? EXPLAIN.
Yes, of course. After I finish a day’s work, I sleep on it and review it again the next day. More often I do improvements, only when I am satisfied do I move on to the next task or project.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET INTO YOUR CREATIVE ZONE?
Usually I play music in the background or watch series while I’m working. It depends on the type of work, should the work require my full attention then I stick to music. Also, I work mostly late at night when there’s not much happening at home.

HOW DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 10 YEARS FROM NOW?
Art Director in a triple A game development company.

WHAT ADVISE CAN YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ASPIRE TO BECOME A DIGITAL ARTIST LIKE YOU?
There will be a lot of challenges along the way but as long as you keep moving forward, everything will be fine.

HOW DOES IT FEEL LIKE TO TEACH 3D? JOYS AND CHALLENGES.
It feels AWESOME!! I get to share various ways on how to do 3D as well as how to use the software efficiently. I also get really excited when a student is eager to learn.

There are a lot of ways on how to describe what I feel when I teach but to put it simply, it’s really fun. I’m just happy that I can help these students on their path to becoming great artists.

Nephtali de Guzman

 

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Who is NEPHTALI DE GUZMAN?
Hi, I’m Nephtali de Guzman 31. I am currently working as a UI/UX designer and video editor in Cavite. I also do social media marketing materials, like banner, cover photos and video teasers. When I’m not working at the office I do freelance, logo design, brochure, and other branding materials for my personal clients. Illustrations, water colour and tattoos. I do a lot of things, right now I am making travel videos and riding motorcycles.

Why did you decide to become a digital artist?
I decided to become a digital artist because I see potential in that path. I like to draw, even when I was a kid, so I started making designs and played with photoshop then I said to myself, this is the job I want, this is the life I want. Since then, I never stopped doing the things that makes me happy, and that is being a digital artist. Like Mark Anthony said “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Why FACA?
Back then I was trying to find courses in different universities that suit the skills I want, but they still don’t have that technical skill that I needed in becoming a good digital artist. When I heard about FACA in a social media site, I was amazed about this school and immediately inquired. It’s hard because I live in Cavite and I have to travel 2 hours just to get to the school. But I endured is all because I see this potential, this new knowledge that I can learn in this school that no other university can do.

Fave subject here at FACA? Why?
I love all of my subjects here, but my favourites are Character Illustration and Basic motion graphics. Character Illustration because ever since I was a kid I loved to draw, creating my own characters and comics, copying different styles and reading how to draw manga, all that stuff, but in that subject. I learned the basics, anatomy, different kind of poses and perspective. Making story boards that I still use until today, thanks to my Instructors.
Then Basic motion graphics, because I didn’t realize how much fun studying After Effects is, where you can make awesome fonts and graphics move.

Who is your Favorite artist?
One of my favorites is Stanley Lau also known as Artgem when it comes to digital arts, and Valerie Chua, I love her art.

What’s the last great book you read?
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

What inspires you?
Meeting new and talented people inspires me. Hearing their experiences and what they do, doing everything for their craft, it really boost my motivation to also work hard and be confident in what I do.

What do you do? And where do you work now?
I am a UI/UX designer and Video Editor at LEENtech Network Solution in Cavite. I am also a Freelance Illustrator and Tattoo Artist on weekends.

Do you critique your own work? Explain.
Yes! So you can see what flaws and mistake you have, and use it to improve yourself.

What do you do to get into your creative zone?
If I have time I’ll watch a movie, read an article or play an awesome playlist! That gives me boost in creativity.

How do you see yourself 10 years from now?
I see myself traveling around the world, making things that I love. Maybe a big design studio and a chill out kind of coffee shop. I’d always wanted owning a coffee shop, I don’t know why.

What advice can you give to people who aspire to become a digital artist like you?
Dream big! Chase those dreams! You never know what will happen if you don’t try. And there are no shortcuts, if you want be great, you have to put a lot of effort and time in it. Try to learn something new everyday. And before you know it, you’re halfway there.

How has your training in FACA helped you in your current business/work?
It helped me a lot, it gives me edge and advantage in the real world. All the things I learned in FACA are very useful, I used it all.

Christopher Patrick Chang

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Who is PATRICK CHANG?
Hi Guys, I am Christopher Patrick Chang, age 31 and I’m a Marketing Coordinator and Art Director for Sbarro Philippines. Some of my Hobbies include Collecting Action Figures and Toy Photography.

Why did you decide to become a digital artist?
It might sound Cliché but it’s my dream when I was a kid.

Why First Academy?
I chose FACA because they have excellent facilities and inspiring instructors who push you to do better.

Who is your Favourite artist?
One of my favourites is Christopher Shy aka Ronin. He has done works for Vampire the Eternal Struggle.

What inspires you?
My wife and kid of course.

Can you share any experience that has taught you to become better at what you do?
Well, always bring a clipboard/checklist so that you won’t forget your deadlines.

How has FACA helped you in your career now?
FACA has helped me a lot by upgrading my skills from being a digital artist to a 3D artist.

Do you critique your own work? Explain.
Always, I am not satisfied if I don’t like what I see. A great man once told me, “Do you want your work to look good or great?”

What do you do to get into your creative zone?
Anime music drives me into “the zone”

How do you see yourself 10years from now?
I’d be enrolling again in FACA to update my skill set because if you don’t, you will be left behind.

What advise can you give to people who aspire to become a digital artist like you?
Always have passion. Without it you won’t be able to learn.

James Manlangit

 

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Who is James Manlangit?
I’m James Manlangit,a 24 years old 3D generalist who focuses mainly on 3D modelling simply because as a child I always wanted to learn how to sculpt with clay and stone but didn’t have the resources. I love playing a lot of video games especially games from Bethesda. Other than playing video games I love reading books and has a deep appreciation for Nature’s architecture.

Why did you decide to become a digital artist?
I didn’t really plan on becoming a digital artist. It just sort of happened. Honestly I never really liked 3D to begin with but back when I was in 4th year High School since I was already graduating my brother, who is an artist as well told me to start practicing programs like Photoshop, Flash and Maya.
I hated Maya the most I couldn’t imagine how a simple cube becomes a whole character or creature but after a few bumps here and there I started understanding it and fell in love with 3D

Why FACA? Why did you choose your course?
I was already in College and was continually practicing 3D even though I didn’t have major subjects yet. I was really weak at UV mapping and no matter how many tutorials I watched back then I simply couldn’t understand the concept. My brother who also studied in FACA recommended I study UV mapping there and I don’t regret that I did.

How has your training in FACA helped you in your current business/work?
I learned to get over my “fears” of UV mapping. Seriously if I had not learned the art of UV mapping I don’t think I’d be able to export out my displacement maps for my sculpts and the rest of the maps I need (haha).

What’s the last movie you saw? How was it?
Junglebook. How was it you say? JAW-DROPPING! Sherkan was a total badass tiger!

Who is your Favorite artist?
This is tough! There’s honestly so many! Can I mention a few before I say my top favorite? If so I’d like to mention Alex Alvarez first! Then there’s Mike Nash, Dan LuVisi, Dan Roarty, Justin Goby fields, Mark Dedecker, Frank Tzeng, Anthony Jones, Gilberto Magno, and now I’m torn between Rafael Grassetti and Derrick Song.
But if I had to choose one I’d choose Derrick Song his dedication to his craft according to his colleagues is inspiring. His skill set of being both a concept artist and 3D artist is something I want to get to achieve one day too.

What’s the last great book you read?
Ready Player One. It’s a Tron meets Johny Quest world! A recommended book for those who love sci-fi, retro games, dungeons and dragons, old school films and of course virtual reality.

What inspires you?
A lot of my creativity is inspired mainly by music and books. Nature, traveling and meeting locals and seeing different places is definitely an eye opener and you get to learn a lot of things. So for those introverted artists out there (and I know there are a lot because I used to be an introvert) Go out there and travel! Meet new people, fuel your creativity not only through the internet and books but also with experience with different cultures, people and places.

Can you share any experience that has taught you to become better at what you do? ( Ex . a problem that upon its solution made you realize or learn something)
Loving your work and never losing your passion no matter how hard your job is especially when you’re starting out and is still at the bottom of the barrel. It reflects, the more you aren’t interested in what you do, you lose focus, quality of your work deteriorate, more revisions for you. I realized during my first year working that if only I put my heart into my work the quality of the models I could’ve provided for the team could’ve been better.

What do you do? what is your business?
I’m a 3D generalist working at PostManila Inc. I mainly model & texture a wide variety of things from products, buildings, cars and concept designs depending on the idea for the commercial. Sometimes when needed I render and rig as well.

Tell us more about your company. Your clients? Your services? Your location?
PostManila Inc. is a post production company that works on T.V commercials, feature films and the likes.

Do you critique your own work? Explain.
I definitely do. I think that’s one thing ever artist should do. Learn to critique your own work and not falling in love with your work so much. It’s helped me as a 3D artist get the best results with my works by simply analyzing what is needs to be “fixed” or what’s lacking with what I’m working on. It’s also a quality check on all your artworks.

What do you do to get into your creative zone?
Quite a lot but listening to music is definitely a big help. Particularly Electronica & Industrial rock. I just get lost in a trance listening to their music and suddenly I’m fueled up to work. Another thing I do is scroll around my Facebook feed which is filtered with lots of art related pages and a routine I always do is visit art websites like cgsociety,artstation and gameartisan.

How do you see yourself 10years from now?
Still into making art with better skill sets than now and teaching. I really want to teach one day.

What advise can you give to people who aspire to become a digital artist like you?
If you really love art and want to become an artist, never lose your passion! Always keep yourself inspired. I say this because the industry is really tough. With a lot of artists out there, a lot of harsh critiques and tough conditions in the industry it’s easy to lose hope, give up and say you’re tired but trust me, if you stay mentally tough and focused, you’ll start seeing opportunities, and you’ll shield yourself from all the negativity.
Remember why you wanted to become an artist in the first place. It doesn’t matter how slow your progress is as long as you keep moving you’ll get there.
As what Steve Jobs said “Stay hungry, stay foolish”

Chico Castillo

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Who is CHICO?
Hi, my name is Chico O. Castillo. I am 22 years old. I have been into the Arts ever since I was a kid. I’ve also been into freelance as a Multimedia Artist for a couple of years already. Me and my friends established our own Production House recently, mainly focusing on Video Content / Film Creation. Other than my loyalty and love for the arts, I also love hitting the Gym, 6 days a week, rain or shine. It’s not that I am so full of achieving the ultra perfect body, I just love the idea of discipline in the activity and how it clears your mind. Sometimes it’s just medicine, and getting in shape is just a small bonus.

Why did you decide to become a digital artist?
It all started inside our family. I grew up seeing my dad create works of art, until I got used to seeing that art is a normal thing to do inside our house. I remember way back when I was a kid, I was always trying to draw some of my favorite cartoon characters. I couldn’t draw them perfectly that time. My interest for the field grew even more when I first learned to use modern technology to create art. I saw many talented artists on the net. I wanted to be good and talented like them as well.

Why First Academy of Computer Arts? Why did you choose your course?
First Academy is one of the top schools in PH in their field. They have instructors that really bring out the best in you. The school knows all the trends in the field. I took 3D Design and Animation in First Academy because I wanted to learn how studios create 3D content for Film or Games. The school was a great choice.

Last movie you saw?
The Conjuring 2. I watched it two times already. I usually watch selected films at least two times. I focus on the story the first time I watch it, then by the second time I look at the visual effects shown at some parts of it. I like how the transition of the film was composed. Movies that are based on a true story really fascinates me. This one is also based on true content. I wasn’t fascinated at all. It kinda scared the hell out of me at first. Lol

Who is your Favorite artist?
My dad. I learned a lot from him and I always look up to him ever since I was a kid. Back when I was little I always see him with his sketch pad and pencil creating great masterpieces, up until now. He taught me tons of things about Art. Up until now I still learn a lot from him.

What’s the last great book you read?
I’m not really into reading books (unless it’s Art-related) but I have read this one novel which I really find great. The book is entitled “5 People You Meet In Heaven” written by Mitch Albom. I don’t like novels, but after reading the first chapter, I wanted to know the story more.

What inspires you?
My family and my goals for my career inspires me all the time. I dream of working in the Film or Game Industry one day, international or local. I want to utilize everything I know in creating Films or Games. I keep in mind everything my family taught me and I take it with me everyday. I always see great artists on the net, all of their works are good! Those people and their works inspire me as well.

Can you share any experience that has taught you to become better at what you do?
It was actually when I was first criticized about how I create art and about the quality of my works. This was way back high school, the times when I already thought I was already good at what I do. The first time I got a lot of criticism of my work really hurt. A lot. Later I realized they were right, and it gave me motivation to improve on what I do. As I grew up and improved a bit I learned to love criticism, and I use those to motivate me to be better. By the time you already consider yourself as the best at what you do, that’s actually the end of your improvement. For me, staying humble and practice is key to master your craft.

How has FACA helped your artistry?
I started out with First Academy knowing nothing about creating 3D content. I graduated with the right knowledge to create good 3D Artworks. That is how good the school is. The school gave me confidence in the field, and that actually helped me in accepting freelance works.

Do you critique your own work?
Yes. All the time. Before I show my work to anyone, I look at it again one last time. I always check out for rooms for improvement every time I finish an artwork.

What do you do to get into your creative zone?
It has been a habit of mine that before I work and create something, I drink cold coffee. I also listen to music while working, it really helps me” go with the flow” and helps me focus. I always prefer to work in the morning. When I work, I really make sure I don’t work late at night. I don’t rush work and try to finish it at 3am in the morning, because I believe that’s something that we shouldn’t be proud of.

How do you see yourself 10 years from now?
10 Years from now, I see myself still improving on what I do. I still see myself living in the Creative World. I’ll probably be working in the Film Industry or in the Game Industry, and also maybe venturing in business in any of the two as well. Knowing that I really like helping people out when it comes to something I know well, I also see myself teaching everything I know to students who wanted to be artists.

What advise can you give to people who aspire to become a digital artist like you?
Fix your attitude problem if any, because no matter how great you are in what you do best, your future clients will always choose attitude over talent. Keep on dreaming and find inspiration. People think being a Nerd is a bad thing; it isn’t. Truth be told, those so called “Nerds” are actually doing good than those people calling other people a nerd. Keep learning, there’s always room for improvement, regardless your age. Anyone can learn, just keep yourself motivated. Keep creating art. Don’t compare yourself to other artists better than you, focus on improving on yourself. Last, always stay curious, just like how my photography professor in college said it: “Never stop asking why.”

Camille Chua

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Who is CAMILLE?
Hi, I’m Camille Chua and I work at Summit Connect (Division of Summit Media Publishing) as a Visual Media Strategist and Storyteller/Illustrator behind the Frillion brand. I love fantasy & sci-fi novels, video games and hiking to name a few.

Why did you decide to become a digital artist?
I wanted to be a digital artist because I’m interested in creating worlds of my own and to tell stories through different mediums, and studying digital art is one more way to add to my skill set.

Why FACA? Why did you choose your course?
I chose FACA because I was studying in a University already and their schedules are perfect for me to juggle with school. The course is also affordable when compared to taking a 4-year course. If you’re disciplined and motivated this is a good course for you.

How has your training in FACA helped you in your current work?
What FACA teaches you most is technical application, and it’s always important to catch up with the new technologies. I took the digital art course and it teaches you all the tools used in digital art in an intensive manner. It helps me at work because I deal with collaborating and/or setting a visual direction for the graphics team to work with, and it’s always easier to do that if you know how they create images with the different Adobe software. Aside from that, I used what I learned to create storyboards & other digital ad collaterals like stickers and concept boards.

What’s the last movie you saw? How was it?
Does Game of Thrones count? Hehehe. They’re like mini movies! Brienne’s and the Greyjoys are still alive, and that’s good enough for me 🙂

Who is your Favorite artist?
I don’t have one favorite artist – It’s hard to pick! Although, I have specific artist per art medium. For Inking I’m currently influenced by Eric Canete & JungGi Kim. For Digital Art/general coloring I’m currently influenced by Satchin Teng & Peter Mohrbacher

What’s the last great book you read?
The last book I’ve read is the Mistborn Series by Brian Sanderson. Definitely a recommendation if you love fantasy sagas! It’s got an interesting magic system, “grey area” characters, a badass heroine and (in my opinion) an epic ending!

What inspires you?
I’m inspired mostly by historical characters & events, tribes, nature and mechanical parts. It helps observing and understanding how stuff works or came to be in order to create interesting art and stories. The most interesting part of art creation is the researching part.

Can you share any experience that has taught you to become better at what you do?
This isn’t really a “problem” but something I’ve learned through experience. Sometimes artists can be hermits in a way that we’re so attached to the art creation process. I’ve realized that I should also devote some time to talk with other artists and expose myself to other art and to collaborate. It’s a must to become better at what you do because it exposes you to “what’s working” and “what isn’t” in the industry, which you can use to guide you throughout your art pursuit.

What do you do, tell us about your work?
Summit Connect is a digital ad agency that creates digital campaigns and handles digital accounts (websites, social media, etc.) for brands. A Visual Media Strategist creates the aesthetics of brand’s campaigns in collaboration with client, content manager and business development officer in order to hit client objectives. I basically try to understand what client wants and then provide direction for the graphics team to follow. I also occasionally handle data and analytics to see what works and what doesn’t in terms of digital aesthetics, as well as do concept and storyboards.

Do you critique your own work?
I think every artist should critique their own work. Sometimes the harshest critic is yourself. It’s easier to critique yourself if you have a few specific goals & specific artists you want to emulate. If you have those, it’s easier to put a baseline of standard to compare your work with.

What do you do to get into your creative zone?
This is hard for me to answer because I’m always thinking about new ideas and concepts. I have a notebook to write my ideas down and come back to them to decide whether it’s a good idea to follow through in creating art for that idea or not. If you have a lot of areas that inspire you, an art block won’t be a problem for you. If I DO get an art block, I always try to read up on something or watch a show or movie that’ll bring back the inspiration.

How do you see yourself 10 years from now?
My goals are simple – I see myself still making art. I have a dream to work from home just so that I’ll have more flexibility in juggling all my interests together (advertising/marketing & art). I have some art projects in mind maybe like a folio or story that I’d want to create in the future to build my art brand, Frillion.

What advise can you give to people who aspire to become a digital artist like you?
Hmm…embrace failures. Make a lot of failures, because if you don’t it means you’re not even trying. Make friends and be an encourager – our industry is small, if you’re a nice person, it’ll automatically increase your chances of getting into the business because our job involves working with other people.

Check her artworks at the Asia Pop Comic-Con on August 26-28 2016 at SMX convention center
www.frillion.weebly.com
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Tzion Media

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TELL US ABOUT TZION MEDIA
Tzion Media (pronounced see’on) specialises in Creative Media Production. We produce a wide range of Creative Media such as Websites, Apps, Graphic Designs, Motion Graphics, Animation, Video, Music, Print & Digital Publications and more.
We are based in Queensland, Australia. We work across all of Australia, Asia Pacific and throughout the world.

WHAT IS A CURRENT PROJECT YOU ARE WORKING ON?
A project that we are currently working on is the creation of a complete cross-media profile for an up and coming female musician in Australia. We are working on her logo, album cover, t-shirts, stickers, posters, business cards, website, music video clip, social media content (graphics, video, etc.), and more. It’s very exciting to watch it all coming together.

WHAT SETS TZION MEDIA APART?
What sets us apart is that we are a one-stop creative business. We don’t just offer web design or graphic design or video editing. We do it all and we do it well!

HOW IS YOUR RECRUITMENT PROCESS?
Our recruitment process is very straightforward. We ask everyone who contacts us to supply a resume and/or an online portfolio. They are also welcome to provide any work that they have done. Then if we are interested to speak further, we have a set of basic questions we ask every candidate. Following that, if we believe they will be good for our business and our business will be good for them, we will have an interview and decide from there.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN APPLICANTS?
Kindness and honesty. That may be unconventional (even to say that), but it is true. If I find a kind and honest employee than I know I can trust them, they will be upfront with me and communicate honestly with me, they will be loyal, they will be reliable and if they ever have to deal with customers I know that everything will be fine.

Also I’m looking for people with initiative, motivation, and enthusiasm. People with potential, eager to learn, fast learners, creative thinkers and who show they want an opportunity.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL WORK CHALLENGE?
Getting it right for a customer. Turning the customers ideas into a reality, even though sometimes they don’t articulate it well.

HOW DO YOU ENCOURAGE YOUR TEAM?
On a personal level, I encourage them by treating them well, letting them know that they can speak with me and spending some time with each of them. On a work level, I try to inspire them to be creative. I will find different creative items like art, web designs, graphic designs, videos, animation and share it with them.

WHAT MAKES TZION MEDIA UNIQUE?
Exceptional skill and exceptional creativity.

ADVICE FOR ASPIRING ARTISTS.
Artistically speaking, I would say just follow your creative instinct, think out of the box and try not to do everything by the textbook. From another point of view I would also say this… ‘Nothing is new under the sun’. I am amazed that in the Philippines, and Asia in general, there is a very limited knowledge of other styles of art from history and different cultures. There are so many styles and eras of art that have played such a significant role in making art and design what it is today. So I would encourage anyone studying any type of art or design to expand your knowledge. Read books, go to art galleries, search the Internet to learn more about art and get a wider view. Don’t forget ART is the heart of design. Here are just a few examples of different art that I would recommend aspiring Filipino artists to check out- Jewish illuminated books, Medieval illumination art, Impressionism (Monet, Manet, Renoir), Post impressionism, Cubism, M.C. Escher, Landscape (Tulio Dias), Indigenous Australian art (Albert Namatjira, Central desert art), and anything else you can find.

When you look at this art, consider that most of it was made without a computer, using only pencils, pastels, brushes and some of it even with just fingers. Now that you have a computer with almost unlimited possibilities, what are you going to do?

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