Hello eyeka,

This month we would like to introduce you our creator of September – Stefan, known as Stefhemady on eyeka. Stef is an artist from Philipines who joined us in 2018 and already won three times! So let’s let’s learn more about him! 

Tell us a bit more about yourself. 

Hello eyeka and fellow creators, my name is Stefan Hemady and I‘m a multimedia artist from the Philippines. I’m a simple person who loves to have fun. I like watching movies, anime, surfing the web (reddit!) and playing video games (Playstation fanboy!).

I absolutely love being a creator. Whether it be creating videos, posters or websites, designing is a passion of mine. Heck, even when I’m just chatting with my friends or colleagues and one of them sends a photo, I go out of my way to edit that photo into something funny just so I can make everyone laugh. I love that aspect about what I do, that I can make people laugh and smile with what I create. But that wasn’t always the plan.

Back when I graduated high school and was about to go to college, I didn’t have the slightest idea about what I wanted to do with my life. I decided to study accounting but quickly figured out that it wasn’t for me. After just a semester, I shifted course and studies nursing, only to realize that that too wasn’t the right path for me to take. After a conversation with my mom, I decided that it would be best if I took time off from college to find out what I really wanted to do. And this was when I discovered and fell in love with the world of arts and design. I never looked back and I can proudly say that it was the best decision of my life.

How did you find out about eyeka?

I found out about eyeka through friends who are also creators on the platform. I come back to eyeka every now and again when I feel like creating something very different from what I do in my work.

How do you choose contests on eyeka in which you participate?

Whenever there’s a new contest, I read its brief very carefully and then I try to quickly think of what I can do off the top of my head. If I can think of a few ideas quickly and I feel that I can develop these ideas further to resonate with the brief, then I’ll join. If I feel like the contest is something that I can’t contribute anything too, then I’ll just wait for other contests that fit more with me and my style.     

What is your usual creative process? How do you work on eyeka challenges?

Once I’ve decided to join a contest, I’ll use my free time to really dig deep and think of ideas that I think I can execute well. The notes app on my smartphone (that syncs to my laptop!) is my best companion during this process. I have one notes file titled “eyeka master notes file” where I just list down ideas for contests I’m currently working on. It’s so convenient to have your notes easily accessible whenever you come up with an idea. I list down every single thing I can think of and when it’s time to create, that’s where I cull it down to what I think connects more with the brief. Lastly, I write the idea resume to describe the artwork I’ve create or the idea I want to present.

Where do you find inspiration?

Making artworks does get exhausting, and giving up is like a release from stress. That is why it’s important to have inspiration to push you further. I work hard so I can give back to my family, especially to my mom and dad who’ve always had my back and was always supportive of me and my career choice.

What would you like to achieve (or have already achieved) with the prizes you will win/have won?

I’m planning to start a business in the future and I’m hoping that the prizes from past (and future too hopefully!) winnings will help me out with this. I’d also like to travel more and see what the big deal is with this place people call “outside”.

If you had to describe eYeka in 3 words, what would they be?

Freedom to create

Finally, what would you advise your fellow eyeka creators who just joined the platform? What would you advise creators who do not have any specific design skills?

To my fellow creators who’ve just joined, all I can say is don’t be afraid to participate! If you think you have an idea worth sharing then share it. Don’t hold yourself back and have fun with it. A favorite saying of mine is “the courageous can accomplish more things in a single moment than the cowardly can do in a lifetime”. So just keep joining and I hope you can accomplish your goals too.

To those who lack design skills, all I can say is don’t let that ste8op you!

The internet is your friend and you can find all the tutorials you need if you want to learn. And even if you don’t, as long as you express your ideas clearly, you’ll have the chance to succeed. I’ve seen great designs get beat by better ideas with simpler designs. Anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself and your ideas!

Thank you Stefan for sharing your story! We wish you all the best and good luck in the next eyeka contests!