Zandy Villagracia

  • Date: July 17th, 2017
  • Author: admin

WHO IS ZANDY VILLAGRACIA?
Zandy is a digital artist with 10 years professional experience in 2d and 3d in various fields such as gaming, animation production, architectural, graphic design, motion graphics, some visual effects, e-learning, e-commerce and social media management. She also has also some experience with professional photography for some clients local and abroad. Her hobbies include taking care of dogs, finance/stocks, and window gardening. She is 31 years old and working from home for 8 years for several companies abroad.

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A DIGITAL ARTIST?
It is what I wanted since I was young.

WHERE DO YOU FIND IDEAS OR INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WORK THESE DAYS?
Google search, movies, magazines, DeviantArt, dribble, Shutterstock, Facebook groups, Behance, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.

WHAT PROJECT/S ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?
3d environment renders for an electronics company, graphics for an e-commerce store, image creation and Instagram management for foreign companies/individuals, two 3d book design covers, 2d illustrations for an app.

TELL US ABOUT THESE WORKS.
This was my first passion project I made with my photography instructor and business partner/ boyfriend, made 5 years ago. This particular image got me and my partner several clients and is still getting us clients until now. It is made in 3ds max and post processed using Photoshop. Buildings are from stock models, some assets are modeled, this was camera matched.

This was my art test for a game company I applied for, which started my career working from home.

WHAT COURSE DID YOU TAKE IN FACA? WHY?
I took up 3d animation at FACA many years ago. I really wanted it.

WHAT CAN YOU TELL THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOUBTFUL OF LEARNING OR EXPLORING THEIR INNER ARTIST?
Learning opens up new opportunities to earn more.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO STEP OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE?
Stop over-thinking, just do.

TELL US ABOUT HOW YOUR DIGITAL ARTS CAREER STARTED?
It started during college. I joined 2 organizations. I was doing flyers, sketches, character designs, banners, logos for them.

HAS FACA HELPED OR INFLUENCED YOUR ARTISTRY?
Our instructor asked us if we wanted to do an OJT at a production studio. My visual effects and animation experience started there.

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST? WHY? WHAT WORKS DID YOU LIKE?
I have no particular favorite artist. I love all artists who can communicate their story or message well to their audience through pictures/ animation or video and be able to relate to the human experience.

DO THE OPINIONS OF OTHER PEOPLE INFLUENCE OR CHANGE WHAT YOU CREATE?
Only opinions of clients, target audience, and people better than you should matter at this stage.

HOW DOES THE FUTURE LOOK FOR YOU?
I still see myself working from home 5-10 years from now. I am currently taking up UI/UX design + Unreal Engine, Affiliate marketing.

WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE WHO ASPIRE TO BECOME A DIGITAL ARTIST LIKE YOU?

Keep on learning, don’t compare yourself to others, focus on developing yourself and always keep busy with or without paid projects, if possible, avoid being burned out.

WHAT SKILLS DOES ONE NEED TO HAVE TO SURVIVE IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY?

Price negotiation, passion, resiliency/ flexibility, creativity, resourcefulness, and grit (not sure if this is a skill).

WHAT DO YOU THINK SHOULD DIGITAL ARTISTS PREPARE FOR WHEN THEY MAKE THEIR PORTFOLIOS TO BE NOTICED BY EMPLOYERS?
Prepare your best work first or send only those that are relevant to the job requirement.