Robbie Bautista o mas kilala bilang Robx sa mundo ng social media o ng mga kaibigan niya. Sinu nga ba ang di makakakilala sa kanya lalo't na kung isa kang blogger marahil napadpad ka na rin minsan sa kanyang munting tahanan, kung saan napahanga ka sa galing ng pagkuha ng mga larawan o sa kanyang mapaglarong imahinasyon sa pagguhit o nainggit sa kanyang mga lugar na napupuntahan o nakakuha ka ng ilan sa mga tips niya para sa travel guide.
Paano nga ba kami nagkakilala ni Robx? Noong una di ako makapaniwala na makakausap ko siya aside sa mga exchange comment sa blog kundi sa personal na pag-uusap, una ko siyang nakasalamuha noong nagkaroon ng isang Bloggers Festival kung saan isa rin siya sa mga attendees nito at salamat kay Anton ng PusangKalye sa pagkakakilala niya sa akin, dahil ang dami kung mga natutunan na bagay-bagay, mula blogging to real world. At kung minsan naman nagkikita kami sa mga gathering ng mga Pinoy Travel Bloggers, iba talaga siya ang daming fans hahah...
Buti na nga lang nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na mainterview ko siya ng one-on-one dahil alam ko na isa siya sa mga pinakabusing tao, thanks Robx!
Narito ang aking quick interview kay Robx, tara samahan mo akong kilalanin si Robbie ng The Creative Dork.
Location: Mandaluyong City
Education: AB - Multimedia Arts, De la Salle-College of Saint Benilde
Genre of your grapic illustration: Quirky Editorial?
Tell me something about yourself that people don't know:
Single since birth, gay. Hit me up! Charaught. I know how to play the violin! :)
What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview?
I'm okay. It's been a productive day so I'm doing this as a break.
When and how did you get your start in the industry?
I joined design contests when I was in college. Did some freelance work for friends and referrals, promoted myself online through my blog and a portfolio. Most of my clients contacted me because they saw my work online.
Did you go to school to study this genre?
Yep! Multimedia Arts. Did a lot of design-related things so I know a little about everything. But my focus now is more on illustration and character design.
How did you discover your passion for art? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?
Well, I liked watching anime when I was a kid and wanted to try drawing that style but couldn't. I also wanted to become an architect before.
How do you define graphic design?
How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?
Everyone starts by copying someone else, and then copying another, and another. Eventually, you'll mix bits and pieces of each style and figure out what works for you. So yeah, my current style is quite different from my earlier years, of course. A product of trial and error, experimentation, etc.
What was your first ever illustration of, do you still have it, if not where is it?
As in first ever? I did an amateur graphic novel when I was 10. I have no idea where it is now.
Here some of the art works of Robbie
One Leap Wander
A Crowd of Fruity Hipsters
We Crash Like Planes Do
Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from?
My illustrations are a mix of personal experiences and random, spontaneous things.
How did illustration/graphic design change your life?
I think it has affected my choices in life. How I present myself as a brand to the public. Cause it helps to have an identity that people will remember, so I do my best to come up with a visual approach to everything. Does that make sense?
What are the pros and cons of being a graphic illustrator?
Pros: The ability to create something, daming chicks (pero hindi ko gusto nag chicks),
Cons: Daming nagpapadrawing. Daming gusto i-drawing but it's hard to find time for it.
If you weren't a graphic artist/illustrator or a multimedia artist, what would you want to be? Why?
I would continue being a professional violinist. =)
Or a fashion designer doing menswear.
What legacy will you leave?
I don't know. I think it's too early in my career to think of such things.
How do you see yourself 20 or 30 yrs from now?
20 years from now I'll be behind the counter of my own guesthouse in Sagada, greeting guests and baking pies for them in my rustic cafe. I will also have a guesthouse in El Nido, Siquijor, and Chiang Mai. Of course, I'll still be doing art.
Your #1 art tip or words of wisdom.
Just keep doing what you love to do and do it well.
Any final message? Its your time to shine..
Keep moving forward! And wag masyadong emo… at wag puro selfie gawin sa buhay.