Gayle Manzanilla

  • Date: March 12th, 2014
  • Author: admin

Digital artist at Ladyluck Digital Media
Studying at First Academy back in 2010 was definitely the door of great possibilities. My creative career really started there and it was instrumental to the achievements and success I have right now.

Before studying at First Academy, I was at that important point in my life where I badly want to change career as Art has been a major love of my life. But due to personal matters, pursuing Art during early years made it impossible. It was through that institution I gained exposure and connected with the right people.

The road wasn’t easy right after I completed Multimedia Course. But after some time in the creative field — specifically game development industry, my decision to pursue this career and passion proved to be one of the best decisions I made in my life.

Why did I want to become a Digital Artist?

I’ve always known that I am an artist through and through; whether it is traditional or digital. Being a digital artist was another medium for me to express who I am. And a big part of me is fascinated towards game development and animated films, so digital art naturally became more of an outlet for me to express beautiful artworks.

What was it like to make your very first creative project?

It was difficult and very fulfilling at the same time. The first project was to create beautiful artworks and it was to be released in Google Store where the whole world could see. And as an artist I had to live up to the expectation of veterans who already worked at major companies like Gameloft and Anino.

What were the memorable challenges you encountered? How did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge was switching from traditional drawings to really high quality digital artworks and at the same time managing a Team full of good artists, who are already used to professional work.

How long have you been a digital artist?

Around 2 years now.

What else do you want to do?

I’m at the point in my life after gaining significant training and exposure locally, I would like to push myself to the limits and this time on an international level.

How do you hone your skills?

Constant use of observation skills, studying art books, practice, and getting more artwork commissions.

What do you consider is your masterpiece?

Creating a game from conception to release all by myself.

What advise can you share with our future aspiring artists?

Know what you want, focus and do not falter, and consistently work hard to get it. Money is not everything. Go for the experience and the quality of knowledge. Always be humble, be generous of your blessings, and practice the pay- it- forward attitude. That will get you far. Remember talent and skills aren’t the only things that count. Attitude matters too. You are good, believe in yourself, and have confidence in your capabilities. Success doesn’t come overnight and if it does don’t let it get into your head. Ego is a killer, better to stash it away as early as now. In the creative industry, do your best not to burn bridges. Networking is very crucial.