Anonymous asked: hi ate! I am an incoming CFA freshmen and I'm wondering if a portfolio is required? if so, okay lang kaya n photographs lng sya ng paintings ko? cause they're really big irl xD also, are we gonna take the art history/art ed exam kahit iba ung preferred major? :) i'm really excited and nervous, hoping to hear from you soon :D thanks!
Hello! Yes, a portfolio is required for application. It will be reviewed by a faculty member so this means that the portfolio review and faculty interview are done in one sitting. Photographs are fine as long as they’re neatly presented and in hi-res. :)
All applicants take the same written exam (plus the TDT of course) regardless of major. It’s on abstract reasoning, which you can practice on college entrance exam books or OLSAT’s.
Good luck! Super excited for you as well!
Anonymous asked: Hi, Christa! I'm thinking of getting a tattoo and I have some questions. How much is it going to hurt? And you mentioned before that you got your tats at Guhit Kamay in ATC. How much did you spend on each of your tat? And lastly, how did you decide on a design? Hope you could spare some time to answer these. Thanks!!! :)
Hello! The pain depends on where you’re going to get it. For me the most painful ones were on both sides of my ribcage (bony parts!), followed by the one on my inner bicep (soft parts haha) and then the one on my wrist. Least painful was the one I got on my upper back. Outlines are bearable; just like strong vibrations or mild electric shocks. Shading and filling in are pretty painful though!
I don’t remember the prices exactly but they ranged from 1.5k to 4k; again, depending on the size. I think the minimum charge is 1.5k. Mine were done by Jhun Esmaquilan and Elmer… something. I’ll get back to you on that once I remember! (sorry Elmer but hey you’re super rad)
3 of my tattoos are literary ones - images I instantly identified with in terms of beliefs and experiences. “Vivre libre ou mourir”, I read from my Anthro 10 readings. It’s a line that I’ve always lived by. The one on my inner bicep represents my being gemini and how I share that with my lolo, whom I love dearly. So for me it’s all about connecting with images and finding personal meanings in them. Whenever that happens, it just hits me that I want it on my skin.
Go for it! And do share once you get around to it. :)
Anonymous asked: Hi ate! Pwede po ba yung portfolio ko for TDT sa Moleskine nalang po? And pwede po ba kayo mag share ng TDT experience niyo? haha.. thanks po! :)
Yup, as long as it’s presentable! Make sure that you show artworks in different styles and mediums. Sell your style but also let them see that you can do realistic art/anatomy. They pay attention to that. :)
For my TDT I had to render a statue with draperies in the background (must have proper highlights, contrast and definition of lines!) and also make a comic strip. Maximum of 6 panels plus a list of elements (i.e. person, cat, slippers, window, chair, etc.) that had to be included in the storyline. My friend Dan took the TDT a year after and he had to do something else, so I’m guessing that means it’s not the same for every batch.
Stay calm when you take it. Don’t let the time pressure and competition get to you. A lot of artists in the room will be better but don’t let that bother you either. In other words, just do your thing! I always say this but I’ll say it again: trust your struggle but more than that, trust your talent. You can do it! :)
Anonymous asked: Hi Ate Christa! I just wanna say I loved your art style ever since I stumbled upon your blog. <3 (Also, I kept on seeing you in FA but I'm too shy to say hi so haha)
Aww thank you very much! So nice to wake up to this. :) And no no nooo don’t be shy, I am just a mere sloth. I’d love to meet you irl so please don’t hesitate next time. Or at least go off anonymous so I could thank you properly! :)
chayaaan asked: Are you going to 7107????
Sadly no :((((((((((( red hot ughhh my heart is hurting
doublethinks asked: Hi, Ate! I'm planning to take the TDT and am just wondering why they moved the date from Apr 26 to Apr 12? Thanks! (Also, I find your art style strangely brilliant *-*)
Ola! I posted official FA announcements here. :) not sure about the resched but I’ll ask.
And thank you very much! I am a huge fan of all things strange.
Anonymous asked: Ate I don't know if I could make it or to just give up my dream on being an art student because until now I still don't know my own drawing style. When I'm browsing your portfolio, it is evident that your drawing style is unique. And I don't know my drawing style yet which makes me doubt myself on being an artist. I'm planning to take the TDT for CFA. :'( I don't know what to do...
Hey hey, first things first: NO GIVING UP ALLOWED. You said it yourself, it’s your dream - go out and get it. If your own dreams are intimidating you that only means you’re doing it right, because if you’re going to dream you might as well dream big!
Finding your drawing style is supposed to take time! It is a process and not something to be rushed. You gotta develop it through time, without pressure and at your own pace. Otherwise, it will come off unnaturally. To be honest, I’m not yet settled with my own drawing style either. Still exploring at this point and I don’t really mind. I used to, until I realized that pressuring myself to create a signature only dampened the adventure and made me less motivated. I say enjoy it, because it is in enjoying your own art that you grow comfortable and confident with your style. Don’t be scared if it all seems like a blur because that means you’re getting there, and that you eventually will. Trust your struggle but more than that, trust your talent! :) Instead of beating yourself up over your style, just let it happen. I am 110% positive that Shel Silverstein went through this exact same bump before he became the god that he is. Practice + passion is key.
Again, PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP!!! The world needs more artists.
Anonymous asked: How's life being an art student?
Plates, plates and more plates! Given that, there’s a lot of working with your hands plus having to be creative even when you’re not in the mood. Having your talent graded by a professor’s personal and subjective taste can take its toll, but the challenge is always a good one. Being an art student puts you in a competition with yourself, wherein you constantly try to supersede what you think you’re capable of. You also have to force yourself to step out of your comfort zone in order to achieve art that you’re unfamiliar with. It’s also very humbling to be surrounded by other artists who are far better than you; can be frustrating but more than that it’s inspiring. Being a Fine Arts major is very empowering because it is through art that we express ourselves, and art is everywhere when you take this course. To me being an art student allows me to get away with whoever I want to be or however the fuck I choose to carry myself. BOTTOMLINE I LOVE BEING AN ARTIST