Mike Miguel Bantad

  • Date: March 24th, 2015
  • Author: admin



Who is Mike Bantad?

My name is Mike but I prefer to be called Migel. I was already drawing since I was little, it was what playing looked like to me. I usually get my ideas (back then) from watching cartoons and sometimes, when I see my mother doing something, I sketch her. So that was my introduction to arts. I love listening to music and watching movies. Music to me is a necessity, when things get frenzied music is what brings me back to the basics. It is like my oxygen tank when I’m having trouble breathing.

Tell me about a recent project or problem that you made better, faster, smarter, more efficient, or less expensive.

As Creative Director, the best way to efficiently manage your team is to provide a proper workflow. A system where every team member understands and suggests manageable timelines. It also helps a lot in managing expectations between the agency and the client. Eventually it will have various positive results that promote significant creative improvements and market shares.

With an afternoon all to myself, what would I do with it?

Depends on the mood actually, but I’d probably do any of the three, watch movies, read books or do art.

What is creativity to you? Do you consider yourself to be creative? Why or why not?

Creativity is being innovatively different, attractively and intellectually. Being creative is natural for everyone. We are all creative in many unique ways; we just have to find our niche to channel our creativity out of our system and let it take physical form.

Has rejection ever affected your creative process?

It does, yes, a lot. It pushes you to achieve what you thought you’re not capable of achieving.

Rejection is part of the process; everyone will and should experience that. It is not negative, only if you take it as such, but it will bring more positive in you than you can imagine.

Who (or what) do you consider to be the greatest influence in your work?

There’s a lot actually! My mother influences me a lot. I consider her the foundation of everything that envelops my work. As I matured, our society influences my imagination. If I have to name other artists that I admire, one of those that I respected the most is Massimo Vignelli. His design discipline and brilliant simplicity inspire me a lot.

What advise can you give to people who aspire to become a digital artist like you?

Passion! You should ask yourself if this is really what you want to become, because only then you will have the motivation to sail through all difficulties; and it’s a very important ingredient for your career. If you don’t have the passion, then somewhere down your path you will be unmotivated and uninspired to continue.

Second, always find ways to refine your skills. In this day and age, access to information is within everyone’s reach; and that privilege poses a big challenge. If you are not continuously harvesting new information then you will find yourself left out.

And last, find someone to look up to, idolize and let them open your mind. Having that someone will help you significantly along the way. It can be anyone that you can consider a mentor.

Photography By:
Katleen Cunanan