Jose Maria Tristan Yuvienco, a bespectacled second year student of Fine Arts majoring in Visual Communication at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City plans to build a career in digital arts someday where, unlike in traditional art, he would use computer software to create his masterpieces.
At 19 years old, he has already shown a lot of potential towards becoming a great one someday.
Just recently, he emerged as the winner at the Power Mac Center Green Canvas Digital Illustration Contest after beating other contestants who are almost twice his age.
In the form of a digital illustration, entries in the contest conveyed the message that preserving the country’s forests is important, specifically in providing a habitat for plants and animals, regulating our climate, helping prevent soil erosion and flooding, providing a source for clean water, and maintaining a balanced biodiversity.
A nature lover, Yuvienco said that joining the competition had been easy for him although he had limited time to prepare for it because of his busy school schedule. After all, he believes in the importance of taking care of Mother Nature. He in fact does his share in saving the environment by using a bike going to and from his residence to the school.
“UP is very accessible from our place and using a bike is very convenient and at the same time I contribute to reducing my carbon footprint,” said Yuvienco.
Choosing urban life as the theme for his artwork that shows a young man drawing ‘nature’ graffiti on the wall, Yuvienco seeks to send the message that industrialization and commercialization are the worst forms of ‘vandalism’ against Mother Earth. And since graffiti is a form of vandalism, he can be construed to be speaking in behalf of Earth.
Asked why he wants to become a digital artist, the nature-loving Yuvienco said going digital is the trend nowadays and is seen to further dominate the art scene in the years to come. To further broaden his horizons in digital art, Yuvienco also plans to study animation in the future because this sector offers a lot of opportunities.
“Digital art is easy because you can “undo” mistakes,” he added.
Going digital would also now be easier for Yuvienco, thanks to the iPad2 16GB he won from the contest. “I am now very eager to go into animation because I now have an iPad2,” he said.
Aside from the iPad 2 16GB, he also won a Targus Stylus pen and P5, 000 PMC gift certificate.
Said Joey Alvarez, Marketing Manager of Power Mac Center, “We at Power Mac Center are proud to have engaged talented artists in our Green Canvas digital artwork tilt. Inspiring creativity among Filipinos is one mission we have held close to our hearts as an Apple Reseller.”
Launched in time for Earth Day Celebration last April 22, 2012, the Power Mac Center Green Canvas Digital Illustration Contest’s winner was chosen by a panel of judges composed of Dan Matutina, Nelz Yumul and Claudine Rodriguez.
Matutina is the designer & illustrator behind http://twistedfork.me. He owns a design studio, Plus63 Design Co. http://plus63.com and has also taught Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines.
A successful illustrator, graphic designer and artist, Yumul is the founder of WeeWillDoodle, an art group that encourages everyone who are deeply in love with the power of the doodle to create and collaborate.
Rodriguez, a graphic designer at Power Mac Center, is an AB Communication Arts, Film, Design graduate at the De La Salle University, who is also into multimedia design, music, photography, video production, performing arts, and publishing.