Marjun Lazarte has been part of our design community for five years and his style always stands out. With numerous wins under his design belt, we needed to know more about this creative illustrator from Manila, Philippines.
Why are you a designer?
I’m fascinated by design and art in general. Paintings, architecture and oddly weird things. I told myself before I wanted to paint or do graphic design that I need 10,000 hours to master a skill. But I decided on graphic design and illustration.
How did you get started?
I started when I’m in high school. I designed website layouts and from there, studied vector portraits and have been illustrating ever since.
Tell us about your design style. Where do you pull your inspiration?
My design style is mostly portraits with fine lines. I always think outside the box when I’m joining a contest. I try to think steps ahead with the other people that will see my work if I do it. If I’m working on a poster, I look to the art of Drew Struzan. In graphic design, I look for Japanese and German designs.
What do you like best about the Creative Allies community?
The best part of Creative Allies is the opportunity to show your creativeness on a specific theme and you can also see other peoples perspective on the same theme.
The 311 design I did was a funny story. It was a Saturday morning and after I get up to my bed, I went to the Creative Allies website and I saw the contest for 311. Then, I listened to my favorite 311 track “Amber” and tried to do a summer theme from that track. I think it worked. Sadly, I didn’t got to see them in person. Maybe if they come here to the Philippines.
How do you start your process for working on a piece?
First, I evaluate the problem that needs a solution (meaning design or artwork). From there, I ask myself if I would wear or use my artwork so I can try to see the perspective of the other people.
What does it mean to be creative?
I always believe that everyone has their own way of bringing out their creative side, from talking or even thinking of things to do. It’s like what Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”.
What are some of your favorite design tools?
I always use Photoshop and Illustrator for my art.
Finally, what advice do you have for other creatives?
Believe that every mistake is a stepping stone to your success.