Ferdie Jingco

Today you'll learn about Ferdie Jingco, a Filipino painter, art director and an all-around visual artist. You'll see his works on stage, designer dolls, and your regular blank canvas. He has been in the art industry for years and his tenureship will suffice his brilliance and talent in this field.
Check out our interview with Ferdie and hoping you'll be able to be inspired from his words of wisdom and works of art.
 
An Interview with Ferdie Jingco
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Ferdie: Art has always been my life since I was a kid. I began drawing, painting and scuplting when I was four. In school, my artworks were often featured in art exhibits. But it was in college when I had been mentored by Salvador Bernal, who became The Philippine National Artist for Production Design. Since then, my artistic skills were further honed in creating stage designs, paintings, doll sculptures and even in music and playwriting. 
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
Ferdie: Although I admire the great art masters from different periods of historical art, I suppose my artworks and designs were mostly influenced by my mentor, Salvador Bernal, and the other artists in the local art groups that I have participated in. 
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Ferdie: As an artist it's quite easy to say that my purpose in life would be to create art-- art that expresses my heart and sould in my vision of the world around me. But Im beginning to discover that my purpose is far much deeper, somethibg I have yet to unearth from the learning I go through life. 
APA: What is your workflow? What is your creative process from start to finish?
Ferdie: When I create an artwork, I usually begin with a concept, a theme. Then I visualize it in my mind down to its every detail. When the vision is completed, I would conceive how I would execute the vision, the process and procedure I would use.
Once that is done, I begin the actual execution. If I see details that can still be improved along the way, then I proceed to employ improvements. When thw work is done, I set it aside for a while then I review the finished look and if revisions are needed, I make revisions until my work satisfies my standards. Then I put my signature. 
APA: What is your opinion of art in the 21st century?
Ferdie: I believe the artworks nowadays are so varied in styles, mediums and concepts and the prism of creativity seems almost boundless. Even art collectors are more open to more avenues of artistic expression created by the artists of today. In my opinion, it's an exciting period to be living for artists and art lovers.
APA: What advice would you give to other aspiring artists?
Ferdie: As for aspiring artists, my advice to them would be to open their mind and explore the countless ways they can express themselves through art. They shouldn't be afraid of making mistakes because mistakes always open the opportunities for learning. As my mentor and I myself would say, practice makes-- not perfect-- but progress.
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Ferdie: If I should be alive in the next decade or so, my express goal would be to pass the artistic baton to the next generation. I aim to have established by then a school for creative arts and/or a philantrophic foundation that supports the education of deserving artists and promotes the furtherance of art and culture in the regionalor national level in the Philippines.
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Ferdie: I believe the biggest mistake an artist can make is to stop learning. To choose to stop learning is sheer arrogance. 
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Ferdie: I suppose artists go through periods of saturation or creative burn out. But thank God it's just a phase. As for me, I simply take time outand do some other task. Now to retrieve my inspiration, I go look at the works of other artists in galleries or museums. Otherwise, I view nature and draw inspiration from the Greatest Designer and Master Artist who created it all. 
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