Tell us about the contest.
The contest was for Palit Microsystem's Frobot II Design Challenge. Nalaman ko yung contest nung nag-aaral pa ako ng 3D sa First Academy. Palit is a well-known manufacturer of innovative graphics accelerators/ cards.
How did you join?
My brother saw the contest and told me to join. I checked it out, read all the rules and themes, browsed the concept and decided to go for it.
What were your design inspirations?
I made the character using MAYA and Photoshop and I got my references in different online games like RF Online. Nakukuha ko yung drive and motivation from the support of my family and friends. My dream to work in PIXAR is also one of my inspirations when I work. That is why I always strive to do my best in every project that I work on. I also draw courage from my faith in God, I know that with his guidance I can make anything!
Any challenges you encountered?
Time is always a challenge when you enter into a contest but I was able to submit my entry a day before the deadline! I worked double time until 4am just so I can finish my Frobot model. I didn't really expect that I could finish my model in a very short time.
And your thoughts on winning?
I did my best so that I can finish my entry kahit last minute na lang. I was able to use my skills in Maya and Photoshop. Na-inspire ako sa mga gawa nang ibang magagaling na digital artists, kaya nagawa ko yung gusto kong gawin kahit wala nang time. Every night I pray that I will win. Pero di ko talaga in-expect na makakapasok ako sa top 10 and lalo na di ko in-expect na magiging 1st place pa ako!
What happened after you won?
After winning 1st place in Palit Frobot Contest, my prize was a 3-day trip to Taiwan for free. Sinama ko yung brother ko. It was our first time to travel outside the Philippines. Sa Taiwan ko nakuha yung kasama sa prize ko which is the latest Graphic card ng PALIT and almost $3,000 cash! We went to the Main Office of PALIT and kinausap nila ako tungkol sa contest. Nakausap ko rin yung isa sa 3D artist nila, siya yung gagawa ng Frobot design ko for their marketing materials and activities to promote their Graphics Card. Nung nakuha ko yung prize, I upgraded my PC, matagal ko nang plan yun and ginamit ko rin yung Graphics Card na napanalunan ko. Natupad na yung Dream ko na magkaroon ng high-specs na pc, na dream ng halos lahat ng 3d artist. Malaki yung improvement sa pagiging Digital Artist ko, mas madali and mas napapaganda ko yung mga projects ko.
What have you learned from this experience?
I became more confident kasi nakikita ko na kaya ko rin manalo sa international contest. Nalaman ko na marami rin naka-appreciate ng gawa ko. Sumasali na ko sa ibang Digital Arts related contest before pero hindi mga big contests. Nananalo din naman. Masaya na ko kahit mga P1,000 yung prize. I was really amazed and happy when I won sa PALIT Contest! Thankful ako sa mga taong tumulong and sumuporta sa akin. Sa Kuya ko na nakahanap sa contest and nagpilit sakin na sumali, ayaw ko kasi talagang sumali nung una. Pumasok sa isip ko noon na hindi ako mananalo kasi International yung contest and madaming magagaling. But, I'm thankful that I continued and joined the contest. I also have my girlfriend to thank for her support and prayers and yung efforts nya para ikalat sa mga friends nya na iboto ako sa contest. And Syempre, kay GOD! Thankful ako sa lahat ng blessings and sa talent na pinahiram nya.