We sat down with the creator behind Aydapadi Art and talked to her about her design process, her influences, her favorite designs, and Bob Ross.
Can you tell us who the person is behind Aydapadi Art? What inspires her art?
I started in art when was hired to create operator logos and picture messages for Nokia phones after college (most of you are probably too young to remember what those were!). I got "sidetracked" from my art career when I decided to go to the "corporate route" in the telco industry. I enjoyed it tremendously that I did it for more than 10 years!
I quit my job late last year to be a full-time entrepreneur, as well as pursue all of the things I didn't have time for when I was working in corporate - illustrating/graphic design, being one of them. As for inspiration, I like putting a twist to the ordinary, I like making people laugh and reminisce. Those are the things that inspire my art at the moment.
How young were you when you realized you have this awesome talent in graphic designing? Who were your early influences?
My earliest memory of drawing was when I was seven. I remember looking forward to our M.A.P.E. class so much that I'd draw even on weekends. Luckily, I had parents who supported my hobby. I'd save up my allowance and they would take me to the bookstore so I could buy sketch pads, drawing pencils, cray pas, etc. I really loved Van Gogh (whose colorful paintings I'd look up in the encyclopedia), and Bob Ross.
If you were to choose, give us the top three of your favorite creations and why?
That's a really hard question! But "Yakap" would be in my top 3 because the reaction to it caught me by surprise. It validated that Pinoys are still generally soft-hearted and sentimental.
What’s the next big thing for Aydapadi Art?
We'd just have to wait and see!
If you were to give any advice to someone who wants to start out in graphic designing, what would that be?
Just keep on practicing! Also, be prepared because not everyone will understand your desire to be an artist, designer, or creator. Please don't get discouraged by what other people say; If you believe in it, and have the talent and passion for it, you should keep at it! Lastly, try not to compare yourself to other artists. We all have something special to offer to the world - the key is to find what that is.
Lastly, are you marupok?
Sakto lang, hahaha!
Aydapadi Art is the genius behind our Filipino Pop Culture witty shirts. You can find her store here.