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So, why should we work together?
As far as I could remember,
my go-to things were always pen and paper.
ola, I’m Mariel – an illustrator, graphic designer, and an unapologetic fan girl of many things.

Growing up as a shy kid, my way of navigating through the messy cobweb of #life has always been pen and paper – whether it be writing, illustrating, or insistent doodling. For most of my life, I’ve always seen the world through an observer’s eye.

In high school, I willfully took the role of the “kid who draws” (also, obsessive nerd). I eventually learned how to get around the ropes of my general shyness and took on leadership roles such as class president (for four years) and editor-in-chief of the school paper (for two years). Despite being a relentless little worker bee, I always found that I’m at my happiest when I’m doodling away in class or filling out my sketchpad on the weekends. Early on, I learned that the wisest decision is to listen to your gut (the metaphorical one, not the anatomical one, Mr. Wise Pants).

During the flurry of college applications, I took a whim to send in an application to art school. Risking it, I also sent in a small body of my high school illustrations as portfolio for a scholarship grant . Having no formal art training before, I questioned my chances. However, for once, the planets actually aligned and I got into both (four for you, universe)! In 2011, I started my Multimedia Arts degree at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde.

College has been an avenue to push myself creatively. Between alternating among several illustration styles, working as an art staffer for the school publication , and learning tons of new design software, I’ve also managed to do freelance work and intern under the mentorship of one of my fave people. Yep. It’s been crazy eggs.

A lot of caffeine, heaps of meticulously worked-on PowerPoint presentations, and hundreds of Photoshop files later, I’m finally a few steps away from graduating college. I've still got a spiffy blank slate for the months to come. Right now, I'm still breaking into my new adult shoes.

From the shy little kid I once was, I’m now trying to become the best person I can be: that is, by pushing my limits, trying new things, making mistakes, and keeping up this undying resilience to make things. Ringing true to my childhood, I work best with my hands.

I'm still growing. Perhaps, we can do it together?

"I’m still growing. I'm trying to become the best person I can be: that is, by pushing my limits, trying new things, making mistakes, and keeping up this undying resilience to make things. Ringing true to my childhood, I work best with my hands."
Teeny Tid-Bits:
Where do I get inspiration?
Here are lists of my faves!

Here are a couple of quality design blogs/websites I frequent:


1. Swiss Miss by Tina Roth Eisenberg
2. Jessica Hische by Jessica Hische
3. Fast Company
4. Creative Bloq
5. The Fox Is Black

Here are some miscellaneous blogs I read for creative motivation:


1. HONY by Brandon Stanton
2. The Great Discontent by the Essmakers
3. Brain Pickings by Maria Popova
4. Design Matters by Debbie Millman
5. 99 U

People I look up to in the Personality and Lifin' Department:


1. Beyonce (duh)
2. Tavi Gevinson
3. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
4. Stevie Nicks
5. Stephen Fry

Things I constantly fangirl about, changes with the seasons:


1. HAIM
2. Charli XCX
3. Taylor Swift
4. Grimes
5. Spoken Word Poetry
What exactly can I do?
Here's where I could help you out with:
Or we could just hang!
Here are my go-to topics:
In a bit of a hurry?
Here's a quick download of my resume and portfolio,
or you could just shoot me a message via email, here!
For more info, head on over to my Contact page.
y main website (this thing right here) serves as my official Portfolio site. Special shoutout to Bibliotheca.com for the paper texture on my header! The fonts I used, courtesy of the forever convenient Google Fonts, are 'Gentium Book Basic' and 'Walter Turncoat'. Built the site from the ground up with 5 hours of font-choosing, furrowed eye brows, and a year's worth of web-design knowledge. Although as much as I want this little space of the internet updated, I'm a lot more active on my social media platforms (hello, generation sterotypes). Find me here (don't be too shy to say 'hi'):

Who?

ariel Empit is a graphic designer & Illustrator residing in Manila, Philippines. This little space on the internet houses her portfolio website. Her main goal is to help people visually translate ideas and use design as a means of solving problems.

About the website:

y main website (this thing right here) serves as my official Portfolio site. Special shoutout to Bibliotheca.com for the paper texture on my header! The fonts I used, courtesy of the forever convenient Google Fonts, are 'Gentium Book Basic' and 'Walter Turncoat'. Built the site from the ground up with 5 hours of font-choosing, furrowed eye brows, and a year's worth of web-design knowledge. Although as much as I want this little space of the internet updated, I'm a lot more active on my social media platforms (hello, generation sterotypes).

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