Filipino Artist Profile: Octopusa

Filipino Artist Profile: Octopusa
Authored By Gillie Rodriguez

How did you come up with your name?
It all started when I adopted 8 stray cats.

Tell us how did you start in graphic design.
I got hooked to graphic design when I was introduced to Adobe and the apple computer in the early 2000s.

What inspires you in creating your design?
I am inspired with what I see around me and what catches my attention and what resonates with my personality.

Favorite subject to create. Why?
I have natural affinity with animals, especially cats. I also have a taste in humor, the strange, oddities, macabre and the unknown. Why? I do not know (smiley).

What piece in your portfolio are you proud of and why?
Almost all of the pieces in my portfolio are paid client work. I am proud of them all.

What are the struggles of being a graphic artist?
Too many to mention but the top 3 in my list are:
1. The lack of motivation & focus
2. Not getting enough rest.
3. Competing and comparing too much.

What is the most important achievement you've attained because of graphic designing?
It's the freedom of following my creative pursuits and getting paid.

What makes you a good graphic designer?
Study a lot. Learn and unlearn. Practice. Apply it in the real world. Serve your clients.

What does people say about your design?
Some like it. Some do not (smiley).

How do you handle harsh criticism in your design?

I listen. Learn from it and try to improve next time.

Do you prefer working alone or in a group?
I like working alone when doing personal work and I like working with a group when collaborating with a project.

Advice for those who have talent and starting their career in graphic designing.
The internet is your friend. You have all the resources at your finger tips. Find your own path and be kind to yourself.

How did you know about Merchiful and why did you chose it to be the platform of your designs?
A fellow artist recommended it. I just like it the first time I saw it.

What can Merchiful customers expect from your designs?
Various cat themed designs all year round

Describe yourself in one word.

To get to know more about Octopusa, make sure to follow him on Facebook and his online shop at

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