Monday, August 4, 2014

You Turn : Abbie Irish Mendoza

Abbie Irish Mendoza also know as Abbie isa sa mga maganda at mabait na member ng Urban Sketchers kung saan member din ako nito at founder naman siya ng Sketch Party PH. Una ko siyang nakilala sa isang charity event ng Blog Mo, Ipasuot mo kung saan siya na naging storyteller para sa mga bata, i must admit napahanga niya ako ng husto sa kanyang ginagawa marahil siguro dahil isa siyang maestra kaya naman kayang-kaya niya ang kanyang gawain,

Masasabi ko din magaling din siya sa mundo ng sketch kung saan madalas siyang nakakasama sa monthly Sketch Activity ng Urban Sketchers Philippines kaya naman di ako nagdalawang isip pa na ifeature siya dito sa akin blog dahil sa kanyang angking galing sa pagguhit, tara mas kilalanin pa naman ng husto si Abbie sa mundo ng pagdradrawing.

Full Name and Alias: Abbie Irish Mendoza (abbienana)
Twitter: n/a
Instagram: into-the-abbie
Location: Makati City
Age:  20
Education: Bachelor in Early Childhood Education

Genre of your graphic illustration: I don't follow a certain genre but I am leaning towards children's illustration. Most of the time, I just draw what I feel like drawing though.

Tell me something about yourself that people don't know: I am a licensed teacher, I teach Grade 3 and I love what I am doing because it's my passion.

What is your current state of mind before we continue with the interview? Confused (with life).

When and how did you get your start in the industry? Year 2010, I think. That was the year my friends in school motivated me to make a career out of it.

Did you go to school to study this genre? Nope. The 'rents think it's not practical and money does not grow on trees. Don't get me wrong through, I took up Early Childhood Education because I share the same passion as my mother in teaching and besides, I get to draw cute illustrations and storytell for kids.

How did you discover your passion for art? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? I think I discovered my passion for art around the year 2010, also. Art has always been something I did just because. I just never knew that sharing art with other people (through the internet or in real life) would be so great! That motivated me to make more art because I was able to meet people who share the same passion as I do.

How did you find your style? Has it changed since you started? I still think I have not style up to now.  My style varies on what subject I am doing. To be honest, I am struggling with my identity as an artist.

What was your first ever illustration of, do you still have it, if not where is it? I still have it. (see picture #1)

Here the exclusive art works of Abbie Irish Mendoza

Where do you get your ideas/inspiration from? From people, places and  feelings.

How did illustration/graphic design change your life? Well, instead of bottling all of my emotions to myself, I get to transfer it to ink and paper.

What are the pros and cons of being a graphic illustrator? A pro could be the idea that fun and passion meets work. A con could be the time constraint.

If you weren't a graphic artist/illustrator or a multimedia artist, what would you want to be? Why? I'd still choose to be a teacher.

What legacy will you leave? I still have no idea.

How do you see yourself 20 or 30 yrs from now? I see myself as a early retiree from the field of education who owns her own studio or maybe a simple coffee shop with lots of books and art.

Your #1 art tip or words of wisdom: “The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.” — Junot Diaz

Any final message? Its your time to shine..
Just have fun and enjoy what you do.