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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.

Right now, I'm still breaking into my new adult shoes. I've been working as an art director, soaking up as much as I can for almost three years now, at TBWA-SMP — an award-winning advertising agency based in Manila.

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, when the road gets rough and rowdy, I work best with my hands.☀

"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 stereotypes).

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