Today, you can pick up Ruel jun Andaya’s design 13th Serpent, the winning design from the ASG design challenge! Along with cash prizing, Ruel also won an ASG guitar with his design printed on it. Ruel hails from the Philippines, has a great appreciation for music and thanks to his winnings, recently got to treat his family to some special gifts. Read our interview with him below.
What was your inspiration for the design? The design I used in the ASG contest is from a sketch I did almost a month before the contest was posted. When i saw the contest and the prizes, especially the guitar, I told myself that if my design would be printed on a guitar it should be about me, so I decided to use the water snake design. It is a personal piece that I did for the year 2013, the year of the water snake, because it is my birth year. And of course for my family, as they have always been my inspiration.
Are you musical? Yes, I love to play guitar and was in a band back in my college days. We played cover songs of our favorite band, Coheed and Cambria, and a local band, Urbandub. I have two guitars right now but neither are as cool as the ASG guitar that I’ve won!
What 8 songs would be on the perfect mix tape? 1. Goodnight, Fair Lady by Coheed and Cambria 2. First of Summer by Urbandub 3. Everlong by Foo Fighters 4. Faint of Hearts by Coheed and Cambria 5. One Day by Matisyahu 6. New Perspective by Fall Out Boy 7. The Last Song by All-American Rejects 8. The Afterman by Coheed and Cambria
What was the process like designing something for two very different canvases (guitar and tee)? It was not really too much trouble for me since I already had the sketch for the design. I did the shirt design first because it’s an easier shape to work with. In the guitar design, i just added some shapes so it wouldn’t look empty on the middle part and the base of the neck. The process in the design itself is mostly experimental. I learned some new things in this design process, especially doing a custom pattern. I used a complicated pattern for the scales. Most of my work deals with trial and error.
It looks like you had a birthday recently How did you celebrate? i just turned 24 last February 5. Not much celebration. But when I won the contest we celebrated. I brought my family to the mall to shop, especially my mom. This is the first time I bought something for her since I graduated and started to work as a freelance artist. She was very happy and that made me triple times happier than when I won the contest.