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Name: Dan Darrell Ralf Guillermo
Filipino Artist Profile: Dan Darrell Ralf Guillermo
It’s never easy to go on an adventure these days. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean we should limit our perspective within the four walls surrounding us. As a matter of fact, we can still go beyond what limits us and discover exciting new ways to live our lives. This is exactly the kind of art you’ll discover from Dan Darrell Ralf Guillermo and his wonderful creation - Didong. Take a look below at how he brings his art to life.
How did your journey as an artist begin?
It all started during my Elementary days when I joined the campus publication as an editorial cartoonist. From there, I developed my skills in drawing until I can create my own characters. I created Didong in 2014 as an April Fools’ gag until creating comic strips about it became a regular thing.
How did you come up with Didong for your brand name?
I used Didong as a brand name because he’s the main character of my comic strips. I used the name Didong because it’s my goal for that name to be known as a brand. It’s also meant to introduce Didong’s misadventures with his friends, Brite and Plato-san.
What is your favorite subject to create, and why?
Comic strips are my favorite, especially those that have the misadventures of my characters. I prefer creating them because there is a slice of life to their story. It’s not just comedy, but they have a deeper meaning to them. People need to dig deeper to know the meaning behind them.
How would you describe your style as an Artist?
I am playful with my own style and it’s not even stable yet. It changes from time to time if there’s a need to improve the way I draw. That’s what I do with my art style. I keep on developing and improving it.
Every artist has that one creation they're proud of the most. For you, what is that piece, and why?
My favorite is Didong, which I based his personality on my own. Didong is close to my heart because he’s a lifesaver. Whenever I feel anxious, I just create comic strips to upload for my page’s followers to make them happy. When people are happy, my anxiety dies down in the meantime.
What are the struggles you encounter as an artist?
I was diagnosed with Anxiety Disorder way back in 2013. It became the reason why I sometimes lose motivation with myself. As an artist, it’s so hard to start a new project if you’re anxious. You get irritated so easily with the little things.
What is the most important achievement you've accomplished as an artist?
Having a following of 8,000 followers on my page is not the most important achievement I have. It’s my family being proud of me and the things I did to gain those 8,000 followers.
What are the strengths you possess as an artist?
Even if I’m not a great artist, I can say that my main strength comes is the strength I get from my family and friends. I won’t be here without them.
What do people say about your designs?
Most of my designs are about washing dishes. That’s the main theme of my comic strips. When I asked people what they think about Didong on my Facebook page, most of them answered washing the dishes. But I said there’s a deeper meaning to that because it’s not just washing dishes. My work symbolizes true friendship, love, and being part of a family.
How do you handle criticism directed towards your work?
I take criticisms as lessons for me to improve myself as an artist. To be an artist means you need to accept criticisms for you to develop more to become better.
Are you more comfortable working alone, or do you prefer being a part of a group?
I prefer working alone because I’m free to think on my own and it’s more peaceful. Sometimes, though, I try asking my friends or acquaintances what I need to improve on?
Do you have any advice for talented individuals who are about to start their journey towards becoming an artist?
Achieve your dreams. Pick up your pen and begin your journey because dreams will remain as dreams unless you act upon them.
How did you know about Merchiful, and why did you choose it as the platform of your designs?
I discovered Merchiful from a fellow artist. I tried applying and my application was approved before my birthday. I tried other platforms but I know Merchiful focuses on promoting local artists and their work. I’m really blessed Merchiful accepted my application to them.
What can Merchiful customers expect from you?
Didong is not just about washing the dishes. We promote friendship, family, loving one another, and mental health awareness. I do hope that the time will come when people see Didong, they’ll say that I need to keep going because it’s so good to live or they’ll realize that their family and friends are there whenever they’re down. Even if they’re not vocal about these things, at least we promote doing household chores to encourage our young audience to do them.
The best way to make Didong a part of your everyday routine is to wear some merch that features this amazing creation. Check out Didong’s merciful page and see for yourself how awesome these products can be. You can also see what Didong is up to in these various social media platforms.