YASMIN DOCTOR on INKIE SPOTS
Over the next couple of weeks we’ll be featuring different members of Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan (Ang INK). On this inaugural post, we’ll be featuring Yasmin Doctor, this year’s Grand Prize winner of the PBBY Alcala Prize for the story “Rizaldy”.
Take it away, Yas!
Give us a brief background about yourself.
Hello, I’m Yas Doctor. I live in Las Pinas and I’ve been a member of Ang INK since 2004.
What keeps you busy when not illustrating?
Hehe, secret. :)
Where do you get your inspiration?
Kung saan-saan. (Anywhere.)
Best childhood memory?
Marami. Dati may tindahan kami ng damit sa Landmark, tapos everytime pupunta kami ni Mama sa Makati, usually iiniwan niya ako sa Ayala Museum (may kakilala naman siya doon, kaya safe naman), tapos buong maghapon ako na andun. Minsan gagabihin pa ako, pero enjoy.
(A lot. We used to have a clothing store in Landmark and every time we go to Makati, my Mama usually leave me at the Ayala Museum where she entrusts me through her friend. I stayed at the museum all day, sometimes until evening, but it was enjoyable.)
As a kid, may pagka-loner ako. Wala akong kalaro noong bata ako, at dahil hindi ako puwede lumabas ng bahay, naging kalaro ko ‘yong mga alagang naming aso. Enjoy din pag namimingwit kami ng pamilya ko sa mga fish pond sa dating Nayong Pilipino. O kaya pag pumupunta kami ni Papa sa Batangas. Actually marami pa talaga pero ito ‘yong top 4.
(As a kid, I was the kind of loner type. I didn’t have the chance to make neighborhood friends, and since I wasn’t able to play outside, my dogs kept me company. I also enjoyed fishing with my family at the Nayong Pilipino, or whenever my Papa brings me to Batangas. Actually, I can remember more childhood memories but these are my top 4.)
What did you want to be when you grow up? Did you achieve it?
I first wanted to be a saint. Then I realized being a saint entails too much pain and suffering so I changed my mind and thought of becoming a botanist instead. It was in 4th year high school when I met these two awesome teachers (Ms. Sunantha Mendoza-Quibilan and Ms. Ilma Barayuga), I dropped my dreams of becoming a botanist and pursued something else. Hindi ko pa masasabi kung na-achieve ko na yung gusto kong abutin, pero alam kong kaya ko ‘yon abutin. :) (I can’t finally say yet if I already achieved what I wanted to be, but I know that I can accomplish it someday.)
Top 3 children’s books (or first 3 children’s books in mind):
As a kid: Sarimanok vs. Ibong Adarna (Nick Joaquin, illustrated by Jess Abrera), The Adventures of Tin-Tin (Herge), Asterix and Obelix (Goscinny and Underzo).
Top 3 movies (or top 3 movies you loved as a kid):
As a kid: Animal Farm (Halas and Bachelor), Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Miyazaki), not really a film but I loved watching Cedie.
Favorite toy(s) as a child:
Stuff I made as a kid and a tiger cub stuffed toy
Favorite Toy Now:
Paper, pencil, eraser and digicam. ‘Di naman talaga sila ‘toys’ pero I usually have them in my bag. :)
Favorite Art Tool/Materials:
How do you overcome creative block?
Creative block? I’m not sure if this really overcomes creative block but I do like walking around. Nakakatulong maglakad at tumingin ng ibang bagay na iba sa ginagawa mo. (Walking around and observing things beside the works that you do really helps.)
What is your dream project?
To have more art-related projects. Hehe. Seriously, I want to learn welding and carpentry.
I deleted my wordpress blog, but if you wish to contact me, you may email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!