Adrean Tolosa: Road to a Winning Masterpiece

Updated: Oct 16, 2019



Last year, one of our CIITzens made the school proud after becoming a runner-up awardee in a national competition, the JICA Digital Arts Contest in 2018. Adrean Tolosa, a first-year student of Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts, was named as one of the 12 awardees out of 145 participants nationwide.


The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is an organization that supports the Philippines in activities leading to advancement for human security, enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, and speed. Part of JICA’s continuing endeavor is to raise awareness among the young generation on the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations and the contribution of JICA in making this happen. Hence, the digital poster making contest was organized to reach out to the youngsters and see their viewpoint on the cooperation work of JICA in the Philippines in meeting the sustainable development goals.


Given this purpose, Adrean transformed his perspective of JICA’s contribution to an inspiring and meaningful illustration. In order to get to know more about his work, we had a short conversation with Adrean:


How did you come up with your concept?


I simply reflected on our current economy here in the Philippines. One of the things I noticed was the growth in technology through the help of Japan. After this, I imagined the support that Japan provided the Philippines over the years and decided to include them in my illustration.



What were the tools you used? And, how did you start creating this masterpiece?


I created the artwork using Adobe Illustrator. Since I don’t have a pen tablet yet, the mouse and the pen tool on illustrator became my companion throughout the whole process. I started sketching my idea on paper then took a photo of it before finally making the design on a computer. It took me around a day to finish the whole artwork.


What was the primary message of your artwork?


The wall of poverty is the barrier that our country is confronting. Let’s rise up! See the changes that have been built and that continuously make great contributions to our country up to now.


What were your expectations after submitting your entry?


I created the artwork using Adobe Illustrator. Since I don’t have a pen tablet yet, the mouse and the pen tool on illustrator became my companion throughout the whole process. I started sketching my idea on paper then took a photo of it before finally making the design on a computer. It took me around a day to finish the whole artwork.


How did you learn that your artwork was chosen as one of the 12 winners?


One schoolmate saw JICA’s post on Facebook. He tagged my account after finding out that I was among the awardees in the competition. There were no e-mails or letters sent so it was just through social media that I learned about it.


How did this competition inspire you as an aspiring artist?


It definitely increased my confidence. I realized that it’s fun and challenging at the same time to join such contests. With this, I’ll definitely participate in more art competitions in the future.

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Have you dreamt of showing your artwork to many audiences and joining competitions? CIIT College of Arts and Technology offers programs that can hone your artistic skills and boost your creativity. Get a degree in Multimedia Arts or Fine Arts to learn the techniques and style that you can use to be part of national art competitions. Call 02 411 11 96 or email info@ciit.edu.ph to learn more about our programs.

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