Meet Rock_Pumpkin – a talented designer in our community, who focuses mainly on icons, banners and other advertisements. Rock_Pumpkin has won 40 contests in the last 6 months and was the winner of our March $9,999 giveaway.
Michael Dave Legaspi – Philippines
99designs handle: Rock_Pumpkin
Projects won: 75
How did you get started in design?
Since I was a child I have always loved to draw. Starting in kindergarten and all the way through high school, art has been my passion. I loved drawing Marvel superheroes, anime, and mangas.
In college I started to learn how to paint digitally using photoshop. It took me a very long time to master the basics of that program while juggling my coursework for my nursing major. I kept at it and after months of reading PS tutorials, I got comfortable using this program to make everything from digital cartoon paintings to vectors.
How do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from great designers I find all over the Internet. The first tutorials I followed on the net were from www.melissaclifton.com. However, I get the majority of my inspiration from the Lord. He gave me my talent so each time I design, I dedicate my work to HIM.
What led you to start using 99designs.com?
I learned about 99designs from a blog and tried to enter a few contests but after a couple of unsuccessful attempts – I left the site. I decided I needed to practice my design skills because I was getting discouraged by seeing all the other great designs. Ultimately, these designers became my motivation.
After a long period away from the site, I came back to 99designs and finally got my first win. My confidence grew, I began to enter more contests and fortunately – I kept being blessed with more wins.
Clients began to contact me directly for future projects. Being on 99designs has greatly improved my conceptualization and designing skills. This site and all the talented designers here have been a great inspiration for me and has also helped me find some Pinoy friends :).
What are some of the most important things that designers can do to have success at 99designs.com?
1) Pay attention to what the client needs and has written in the design brief.
2) Be Original with your designs – don’t try to imitate high-rated entries.
3) Don’t get discouraged if you get a low rating – take it as a part of the learning process.
What do you love most about being a designer?
I love being a designer because it brings me a lot of great opportunities and boosts my confidence and self esteem. Also – it’s a great feeling when you see other people’s work that you love.