Marc Anthony Volante

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

Web Graphic Designer at Mortgage Ezy Pty Ltd

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

It was a very exciting experience for me. During my first few weeks working as a Graphic Artist in an advertising agency, all I did was to look at advertising collaterals, posters, billboards, etc. Carefully observing the aesthetics, and the harmony of the design. Trying to sink in as much information as possible. And when the time came for me to make a design for a company based here in the Philippines, They liked it! And that added some confidence in me pushing me to strive to be better at what I do.
 

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

Well, all artists encounter this challenge. We’re all familiar with artist’s block. Sometimes, ideas are hard to come by. Some took hours, days and some artists even took weeks for them to come up with an idea. When that happens, I always step back. Take a deep breath and assess everything. There are some cases that it’ll take you a couple of minutes to get a feel of what the client requires before you can come up with anything. I get inspirations from everything I see. The people crossing the street, dogs barking, anything that catches my attention. I keep myself surrounded with random stuff that I may get some inspirations from.
 

How long have you been a digital artist?

I’ve been a digital artist for about 5 years now. 3 years as a Graphic Designer and 2 years as a Web Designer.
 

Where do you get inspiration? What/ Who inspires you? In what way?

I get my inspirations from everything. From books to people or other people’s works. If an idea is hard to come by, I walk around. Look at places; everything around me can give me an idea that can be applied on the project I’m working on. Sometimes, I get some inspirations from a couple of artists I look up to. Like Ashley Wood, Rufus Dayglo, Andy Warhol, Roy Litchtenstein and even artists from an artist community website. I’m inspired by how they make their artworks may it be in digital or traditional method. Its how they look at things on their perspective and turning it into something creative.
 

What else do you want to do?

Right now, I’m thinking of doing some animation. I’m very fond of illustrations and I think the next level for these drawings is to make them move. I’m currently studying some Flash animation improving what I learned from Web Design Program at First Academy of Computer Arts.
 

How do you hone your skills?

I heard this from Rod Espinosa, one of the artists I look up to while I was growing up. “The 3 Ps”. Practice, practice and more practice. There is no easy way around it. So whenever I get a chance to practice my craft, I do it.
 

What do you consider is your masterpiece?
Not really a masterpiece but the project I’m most proud of is doing the layout/design for 4 issues of a newsletter/magazine being distributed allover Singapore. It’s always a great feeling of having to see your work being appreciated not only here but also overseas (not to mention having your name printed on it!).
 

What advise can you share with our future aspiring artists?

Carry a sketchpad. Ideas may come in times when you least expect it so when that happens, put it into paper. And always practice. Even the most gifted artists practice too. Always keep yourself inspired and LOVE what you do. Passion is one of the factors some people neglects when doing something. You have to love what you’re doing!