Sunday, January 2, 2011

Nick Jordan Beja

Tell me a little bit about yourself, about your life? Where did you go to school, and what classes did you study? What helped prepare you to become the artist that you are today?

Hello, my name is Nick Jordan Beja. I come from Cagayan de Oro City but am currently residing in Cebu City because I'm studying Fine Arts Major in

Advertising Arts in The University of San Carlos. Most of my educational background is from Cagayan de Oro City, though.

I doodle alot since elementary grade, especially during boring lectures. It then grew to a hobby... and is still a hobby until now. I'm planning to work professionally in the future though. I also become challenged when I see someone who can draw better than me and I try hard to beat that person... haha. Yep, I'm quite competitive.

What helped me? My friends, because without them i would not be an artist today.

What inspired or convinced you to become an Artist?
I've liked doodling since as far as I can remember. I don't really know how I started drawing but it might have something to do with my mom... She's also a really good artist especially when it comes to fashion-esque drawings. I've also been watching a lot of anime since I was a kid and I really liked the style and tried to mimic them, I usually failed though, but I kept on going on, improving on the way with the help of my friends who encouraged me to draw more and liked my drawings. They fed my ego and yeah, I guess having friends really helps in improving your talent.

What is a typical day for you, and who are the people you work with?

A typical day is a day at college. I'm just there hanging out with my friends and attending my classes. During the summer break though, a typical day for me is to bask all day in front of my laptop surfing the net, watching videos, listening to music, and DRAWING.

I worked with people from the student publication (The Crusader Publication) in Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro). My job was quite simple though compared to them layout artists and article writers. And recently I've been doing some drafts for our upcoming comic and storyboards for our upcoming short film with my college friends... because advertising course demands teamwork. XD

What are some of the things that you have worked on?

Not much. I've worked with some mini game projects... didn't last long though because I was quite inactive so they booted me out. Haha. I mostly work solo though with commissions. Yeah, RL Commissions is my only source of income and I'm still being supported by my parents. lol... And oh, I've also worked on some cartooning and comic strips for The Crusader Publication.

How do you go about illustration, what goes through your mind, from start to end?

Hmmm... I'm not really sure. Usually when it's my own concept, I try to imagine the completed illustration in my mind and then try to figure out how to actually draw it. It gets frustrating most of the time because I can't seem to get the concept from my head to the paper, but I still manage if I really want the idea to not go to waste. With commissions, the concept is already there and I start sketching the concept and show it to my client. After they are satisfied with the concept I go on to completing the piece, trying to figure out how to go about making it look nice on the way.

Could you talk about your process in coloring your art (if at all), as well as the types of tools or media that you use?

I usually color digitally so yeah, I've been using Paint Tool SAI for 2 years now. I do the base (flat) colors first all in different layers. I then clip layers on top of the flats to do the shading and highlights. I usually use cel-shading when I clip, so I just use full-opacity brush for the solid shading and highlights then low-opacity brush for the gradients.

After I'm done coloring, shading and adding highlights to everything, I clip another layer on top of the completed image and add the "atmosphere" effect, which is basically just low-opacity gradient with purple on the lower side and yellow on the upper side. If I think it still lacks some refining, I will try adding textures and stuff in Photoshop until I'm satisfied with the outcome. :)

What are some of the things that you do to keep yourself creative?

I try to look around to see interesting stuff that I could incorporate with my drawings. I also watch movies and anime, browse nice illustrations and listen to techno and anime music. :)

What is your most favorite subject to draw, And why?

Tsundere Loli characters. Because they are just too cute.

Who are the top illustrators whose works excite you the most?

Hmmm... Noizi Ito, Endling, Redjuice9999, Emperpep... pretty much them. XD

What are some of the neat things you have learned from other artists that you have worked with or seen?

I learned from my classmates from freehand drawing class that drawing penciled portraits is srs bsns... It's nothing like the digital drawing that I've been doing. Maybe I just don't draw them too often that's why I find it quite challenging. I also learned that creativity in drawing can lead to pretty crazy results.

What are some of your favorite websites that you go to?

DeviantArt, facebook, plurk, gaiaonline, youtube, paypal... XD

What wisdom could you give us, about being an Artist? Do you have any tips you could give?

Art is an acquired skill. You don't really have to be naturally talented to master it. You just need dedication, perseverance and a creative mind! I've known people who started late in drawing and are already pretty good now.

If people would like to contact you, how would you like to be contacted?

I'd like to be contacted via deviantart, ...or if you want you can add me in facebook (just search for my name) ;)

Finally, do you have any of your art work for sale (sketchbook, prints, or anything) for fans of your work can know where and when to buy it?

None at the moment... hopefully soon I will. Hehe... But I do offer RL Commissions~ just visit my deviantart journal for more info: :D


No problem~ Have a nice day!

...and feel free to choose any of my works from my gallery to feature :D

If you could be stuck in an elevator with one other person, who would that be?

Superman. So he could break both of us out from the elevator... hehe.

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