Analog Experiments by Kitty Jardenil

1.  What’s your name and title/business name?  Where are you located, city, state, country location?

Hello! I’m Kitty Jardenil, an 18-year-old artist from Parañaque City, Philippines. I can’t say I run a studio (yet) but I’m an independent and young freelance artist who accepts commission work and does all sorts of projects, from murals and T-shirt design to glass and chalk lettering.

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2. What’s your educational and professional background, i.e., college, professional school, high school, apprenticeship, etc.?

I’m currently in my freshman year in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, an institution located in the heart of Manila. It’s the best college in the country when it comes to Multimedia Arts, a course that tackles all kinds of media from web design to filmmaking, and so I chose this school for that.

I’m hoping to take a master’s degree in graphic design after college. That would be awesome.

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3. Preferred tool(s) and medium?

My preferred tools always vary depending on my mood. I consider myself to still be in the experimentation stage, where I play around with different media. However, so far I really love chalk, papercutting (though really hard), and the old Pen tool.

I’ve been telling myself I don’t really need an iPad Pro, but I feel like my process would be faster by 300% if I had one. Hopefully I can save enough for one!

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4. Where or how do you “recharge your creative battery,” i.e., books, blogs, music, art, exercise, meditation, prayer, hobbies, interests, etc.?

I constantly need recharging, and to do so I do a variety of things. Even after scrolling through Instagram and seeing countless amazing works by my favorite artists, I try to go through Pinterest and look at not only lettering work but also graphic design work. I also consult my growing library of art books and paraphernalia; believe it or not but I hoard pretty brochures, flyers, stamps, and other knick knacks I can get my hands on.

When I’m completely stumped with art, I just do what I do best: bingewatch shows and movies. I’m currently trying to finish the last season of Orphan Black.

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5. Tell us something about you that might surprise or delight us.

Before I became a letterer, I was super set on becoming a writer, whether it be of fiction novels or of poetry and prose. I used to write everyday, trying to weave a web of words that could bring out what I needed to say. I was inspired by my habit of reading. However, I slowly lost touch with it (which makes me sad until today) solely because of lack of focus (it’s not because I hate reading now!), and together with it my writing. Nowadays, I only write in catharsis, when I’m overwhelmed and I need to release.

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