This is Vik Caedo; Graphic Artist
I am an average 23-year-old Coffee Addict who graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts majored in Advertising. I love music, fashion, sports, cinema, and am in complete marital bliss with Art.
I think I figured out pretty early on in my life that I wanted to be an artist when I grew up, or to generally just be somewhere within that field. I’m completely lucky to have been born in and be surrounded by the creative and supportive people I have with me to this day. I think it heavily influenced the way I grew up, having that certain connection with the people closest to me to not only have understood but appreciate my current and future goals. My mom and grandma are local fashion designers, mostly for formal wear, like weddings and debuts, and my dad used to work in furniture design. So the idea of “creation” or “design” itself was introduced to me at a very young age. It’s something I’m always thankful for.
I am certified Disney-girl who grew up watching cartoons, anime, reading a manga, attending anime conventions etc. It was during this time that I drew non-stop. All these Animations and Comics served as references for me to emulate during a time where I didn’t have easy access to the internet. I remember being drawn to everything 2D that visually resembled anything illustrative to me haha! In Highschool, I would always be part of the Art club and do stage designs for plays or school events and this was also the time I started to get into Kpop, haha! I think Kpop and Anime in general for me, impacted my creative direction in terms of discovering how they portrayed a unique diversity as well as the unorthodox elements they possessed. This is when my mind opened up to so much more creative possibilities wherein I found the beauty in “Contrast” and “Zany details”. then college was where I was able to practice and sharpen my skills, even more, further expanding my beloved field to Graphic and Digital Arts. I even briefly joined our college dance team which made those years even more creatively exciting for me.
Post Grad, I worked a few freelance illustrations and graphic design jobs here and there for various people while selling little paintings or drawings on the side to some of my relatives and friends. I worked for a few companies as a Graphic Artist in Cake design and fashion slowly burning myself out. Luckily I have awesome friends who I have “ARTventures” with to keep refreshing those creative juices. “Icon MNL” was one of my most favorite Art endeavors where it exposed me to my present dream of being a Visual Development Artist. (hopefully for Disney hehe!) Currently, I’m back in the freelance field and am a part-time Art Instructor at Sip and Gogh, Kapitolyo. I have also been a Visual Artist under the gallery, Art Underground for almost 3 years now and have had 3 group shows under them.
Traditionally, I mostly love using Graphite, Ink, Watercolor, and Acrylic. I wouldn’t say my Personal Art has a fixed style just because for me I seem to like to dabble in anything the fuels or interests me creatively. Whether its music, fashion, photography, film, or architecture. It averts me from having a distinctively consistent look and feels with my Art. But I do often find myself mainly morphing in these various and contrasting elements during my production process. I just realized later on that my illustrations always try to portray a certain Aspirational-facade of a particular being and in turn it also kinda displays how I would be currently feeling in certain moments. Otherwise, I would just feel the need to sketch. “Drawing” itself to me is insanely satisfying. The feel of the graphite against the surface of the paper or the texture and visual contrast of paint and color is just something fulfilling for me. It just makes me feel good and I absolutely love doing it.
Looking back, I always thought it was a wise decision for me to major in Advertising just so I had that safety net for me to keep up with the insanely fast-Tech-Generating world we now live in. But I know I’ll always find myself doodling ideas on either a napkin or a placemat with an eyeliner pen and a fresh cup of Joe during my free time.