Arnold De Guzman
Graphic Design Expertise:
Senior Designer in an advertising agency in Abu Dhabi, UAE
Please tell us how you started out as a graphic designer. Your inspirations and perspirations.
Honestly speaking, I do not have a clear idea what I wanted to do before. I was the type of guy who just live his life, without knowing the consequences.
When I was a child, I remember I enjoy drawing cartoon characters and other random stuff I see at home. I even made my own short comics in an old school notebook, which I enjoyed working on with my brother. I was the kind of child that would draw anything that is on my mind whenever I get to hold a pen. My classmates would say I am their ‘Best in Drawing pal.’
Then teenage life hit me. I changed, I became a happy-go-lucky guy without even a single hint of what I wanted to do with my life when I get older. So during college I took up BS ECE, which my parents wanted for me. It was fine, yes. But the longer I am taking this course, the clearer I realize that this isn’t for me. There is something else I wanted to do which I am not sure of.
Term break arrived and there I was, spending my time editing videos for my cousin’s school project using Adobe After Effects. I learned that through the video tutorials I watched online. I got so used to the software that I found myself enjoying it. I remember the video I made with my brother, entitled: “Weekend of a Superhero” (you can find it in my facebook page).
I loved the feeling of hurtful eyes due to hours of editing, I loved the sense of fulfillment after I watch the final output. Then it hit me. Hard. My purpose has been with me ever since I was a child. With all those doodles and sketches at the back of my notebooks, all those orthographic drawings of different things, those monstrous sketches, I know I am an artist. I now know what I want and what I will be. I wanted to be someone who lives by his art, who pays bills, rents, and surviving by doing what I love most.
So, I enrolled and took Visual Graphic Design at the First Academy of Computer Arts (FACA) in Makati City, Philippines. I learned to operate three more design softwares, namely, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign.
I graduated in FACA and I have never been unemployed. I was able to help cover our family’s expenses. Even though I do not earn as much as the engineers do, I am happy that little by little, I am returning the favor my parents gave me, while doing the thing I love the most.
Currently, with all thanks to God, I am working as a Senior Designer in an advertising agency in Abu Dhabi, UAE, handling a team that designs marketing materials for some of the country’s big names. In my free time, I take freelance illustration works, mostly character design, and 2D asset creation for mobile games.
Please share us an image of an artwork, or a design project you made that you want to talk about
What is the most important lesson in graphic designing that you have learned that you would think worth sharing to others?
What piece of advice can you give those aspiring graphic designers who want to start a career?
How can we contact you, if ever someone would be in need of your service?
Anyone can contact me in my primary email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can drop me a line in my facebook account: fb.com/kalelarnold.
Please visit my illustration blog as well: adguzman.artstation.com | adguzman.ga and my graphic design portfolio: be.net/arnolddg
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I am a self learned Multi-Media Artist, a Civil Engineer graduate. Well versed in Adobe Softwares. Always learning and thriving to live life to the fullest.