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Hi! I’m Arielle, like the mermaid though let’s not split hairs about the spelling. Being named after a cartoon fish lady has either destined or doomed me for a career in drawing silly things. When I’m not choking on pencil shavings, I can be found crying over the lives of fictional characters, yelling about racist things in Hollywood, and spending money I shouldn’t be spending on Broadway musicals. There’s usually a lot of obnoxious clap laughing involved.
- What programs/mediums do you use?
Digital: I use Adobe Photoshop CS5 with a Wacom Intuos medium-sized tablet. 99% of everything digital I have online is Photoshop. I use a lot of downloaded brushes that mimic the look of traditional medium.
Traditional: Graphite pencils (mostly 3B, 4B, and 5B), Col-erase pencils in various colors, Pentel ink pens, and on occasion I experiment with gouache, watercolor, and sumi ink.
- Where do you go to school and what’s your major?
I’m in my fourth year at Parsons The New School of Design in NYC. Specifically I’m in a five year BA/BFA program which allows me to double major in Illustration and Fiction Writing. Sometimes the workload is crazy overwhelming, but I dig being able to study liberal arts in addition to having the art school experience.
Contrary to what some have asked, I’m not in an animation program though I have taken a few animation-related classes and I’m very much inspired by artists in the animation industry. I’d love to work Story or Visual Development for animation in the future.
- Are you Filipina?
Yup! My parents are from the Philippines and so I’m first generation in America. I can understand Tagalog pretty well, but I can’t speak it save for a few basic words and phrases. (That being said, “GALIIIIIIIING!!!!!” gets overused a lot round these parts, haha.)
- Can you make a tutorial?
That depends! Most things have already been covered by people far more experienced than me, so if there’s anything you have a specific question on I can probably link you to some awesome resources. The most I’ve ever done is a quick process gif about coloring. I’ve also listed some helpful tips about art here!
- Were you the one who did the “You and Me (But Mostly Me)“ Book of Mormon storyboard animatic?
Yes! It was made for a class assignment—we were allowed to make an animatic of anything we wanted and I had just come back from seeing Book of Mormon on Broadway for the first time. I went back to see the show a second time, via standing room, to make some observations about how the dynamic between these two characters worked, and how the actors on stage chose to portray that dynamic. All in all, it was a cool, albeit stressful, experience but I’m glad I did it and I’m pretty proud of the overall result. (For those curious, I did get an A on it! :’D)
To see more questions I’ve answered on here, please check my Answered Ask tag! Here are some questions I wrote out some long answers to, you might also find helpful: