Thursday, June 5, 2014

YouTurn : Zyra Bambico

Sinu nga ba ang mag-aakala na ang isang maganda, mabait at masipag na si Zyra Bambico ay papaunlakan ang aking munting interview tungkol sa arts, sapagkat sa ngaun ay naging busy na siya sa kanyang tinatahak na career bilang isang maestra, web designer at minsan ay preacher  na rin. Pero paano ko nga ba nakilala si  Zyra Bambico? Nakilala ko si Zyra Bambico noong naging membro ako ng U-blog (United Bloggers) kung saan madalas kaming magkulitan lalo-lalong na patungkol kung paano nga ba kami naging magbespren ni Jason at dahil nga doon ay naging tuloy-tuloy na ang aming samahan at kung minsan naman ay nagkakaroon ng kaunting iball(bloggers gathering) na ginaganap sa Mall of Asia (dati kung saan aktibo pa ang lahat ng mga personal blogger at members ng U-blog).

So paano kilalanin pa natin mabuti kung sinu nga ba si Zyra Bambico sa mundo ng Arts.

Full Name and Alias: Zyra Bambico
Twitter: @blessedzyRAWR
Location: Biñan City
Age: 27
Education: MIS, University of the Philippines Open University
Genre of your graphic illustration: Clean Minimalist

Tell me something about yourself that people don't know:
I’m an introvert dreaming to be famous and is now confused how on earth will that happen?

What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview?
Petiks mode. I just logged off from work.

When and how did you get your start in the industry?
I had this “Presentation Skills” course in 2005 in college. I was noticed by our instructor while defending our first Photoshop activity. He told me that I “can” design.

Did you go to school to study this genre?

How did you discover your passion for art? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do?
It was a passion recovered, not discovered. Seriously, I was being trained during that time to be the school’s best programmer and the shift happened after the “defense” I mentioned a while ago. I instantly recalled all the people who said that I can draw, that I am good in mixing and playing around with colors, and that I’ll soon be an artist.

How do you define graphic design?
♥ (LOVE)

How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started?
It just came out. I realized that most of my designs are clean & minimalist although I started with the grunge style, yung mga pa-emo. I was in college when black and punk were everyone’s favorite (yung panahon pa ni Avril Lavingne). Although, I was already told before by one of my friends, that grids & boxes are always flying around everywhere whenever I do designs. I’m still into grids but overall visuals just got better.

What was your first ever illustration of, do you still have it, if not where is it?
It was about how to save the planet earth with the slogan: “Saving earth is COOL”. It was an entry for the town’s poster making contest while I was in grade 5. I don’t have a copy of it anymore. I remember attending the exhibit of our works at the City Hall. They never returned it to us, or maybe they did, I just didn't know.

Here some of the art works of  Zyra Bambico

Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from?
The stuff I read, the things I see and the people I encounter.

How did illustration/graphic design change your life?
It did not but it helped me discover my gifts and appreciate them.

What are the pros and cons of being a grapic illustrator?
Pros – your family, friends, and other people appreciate, use and wear your work.
Cons – they always ask you to do the design for free.

If you weren't a graphic artist/illustrator or a multimedia artist, what would you want to be? Why?
A programmer: because they are the awesomest people who are giving life to “flat designs” and they are earning lots and lots of gold bars.

What legacy will you leave?
My disciples.

How do you see yourself 20 or 30 yrs from now?
A rich & successful creative art director with more than a thousand disciples.

Your #1 art tip or words of wisdom.
You are born creative and you just forgot to practice. Make it a habit to design everyday and you’ll be amazed how great you will become tomorrow.

Any final message? Its your time to shine.
No one is good without a mentor. Go and find one. Designers/artists need someone to train and to teach them. Look at the superheroes, they all have trainers, teachers, and mentors. I have a mentor who always looks at my designs, critics it and suggests ways for me to improve.
Also, teach and disciple new artists. Who will continue doing the clean & minimalist designs when I become incapable in the future? My mentees. My disciples. The legacy is not the work or the designs we do but the lessons and skills we impart to others. As always said, WORDS will never ever pass away.


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