Editorial Illustration : VIP Magazine Singapore
The AIB Illstration Blog had the pleasure of interviewing Admira Pustika, one of AIB's very own alumnas, about ways she handles self promotion in the world of Illustration and Animation! Check out what Admira has to say:
Q: What was the first paid job?
A: I started as an animator in Gloucester, MA, and I hope this is off the record, I was an international student, so it was restricting me from getting paid, but I did get some benefits. My first real job was as designer/illustrator for MTV Trax Magazine in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was probably one of the best creative teams I've worked with. I got paid peanuts, but I went in there for the network as well. The magazine is owned by the largest media conglomeration in Indonesia, so I thought I'd do it as a start and work my way up. At that time I just moved back to Jakarta, so I really need to get myself out there. I have to say, I was right, we don't work together anymore, but I would still refer them for works and vice versa.
Q: How Do you promote yourself as an illustrator?
A: The most effective way was word of mouth. I have a lot of creative friends as well: designer, fashion designers, restaurant owners, web designers, film makers - at some point they must need our help as illustrators :) I joined HongKong Society of Illustrators for a year, but I resigned because I didn't think it helped me as much as I expected. The community is quite solid in Asia, but I think it's not as well managed as it is in the States. Being an illustrator takes a lot of hard work of marketing your works. I join a lot of web community and competitions as well. I used to join a regional/Asia Pacific creative competition at least once a year to broaden my network and work with more talented people across the region. Also... start early!! Get yourself into the community now by starting as intern in BIG company or even boutique studio. It doesn't matter. You'll find where you'd want yourself to be, some people like it to work with big names, other people would want to be in a small environment where everyone is like a family member. Jut get yourself out there.. This is the time for you to learn from the real world professionals without worrying about office politics etc. Hahaha, a lot of big studios have internship programs that will last for 3 to 6 months - you'll get so much stuff to do and to build your portfolio with interesting projects.
Q: What ways have you found to be successful in promotion?
A: I think personal approach is always the best. And be PROUD of what you do :)At BBQ parties, my friends would introduce me to their friends not so much as an illustrator, but as mural artist. That's putting myself in a niche market, and I think that's good! I love making murals, for its scale of work, and most of the time, I'm making mural for children room - the sky is the limit for them! One time I made dinosaurs in space, and you learn from your customers too.
Editorial Illustration : China Daily Beijing
Q: How do you promote yourself without the use of the Internet?
A: If there's a solid network of agents as there is in US, I think it will work well. The thing is, in Asia, it's possible for us to do so much freelance works without an agent. Friend of a friend, cousin of a neighbor might need some wedding invitation or mural for their living room. It was easier for me when I was living in Jakarta. Since I'm living in Singapore now, I'm building my network from the beginning. I go to a few creative gathering, not as much as I'd love to, but there I'll make friends, make new connections, along the line, there must be something that I can do together with them. Sending postcards, Christmas cards, Greeting cards, any kind of thoughtful wishes to Creative Directors and Art Directors of big advertising agency will also help. Let yourself be known, they might not give you work right away, but you'll make yourself be known. They'll introduce you to someone, refer your name to their friends, etc.
Editorial Illustration : VIP Magazine Singapore
A special thanks to Admira for sharing with all of us here at AIB!
For more of Admira's work :
Website : http://admira-pustika.com/
WHEN: Friday, April 27th at 3:30pm in Rm 215 in 700 Beacon Street.
Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. From Disney and Pixar, a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida confronts tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate.
The presentation will include; slides of final art, visual development, concept art, and research. The audience will be taken through story development and Pixars award winning animation process. There will be time for some Q & A! - SO make time to attend! BE BRAVE!
Follow Brave on Twitter for the latest updates: twitter.com/disneypixar
Following immediately after the Disney Pixar presentation is the highly anticipated AIB Illustration Senior Show!
Opening reception starts in the main AIB Gallery at 700 Beacon Street at 5pm. See you all at both!
Larry Hama the multi-talented storyteller is comming to AIB!
Artist talk is Friday April 6, from 6pm-730pm
at AIB 700 Beacon St - Room 215.
Hama is a: Comics writer (14-years on G.I. Joe and 7 years on Wolverine), comics editor (8 years at Marvel Comics), comics artist (Marvel Premiere, G.I. Joe, and Daredevil), freelance illustrator (Esquire, National Lampoon), storyboard artist (Activision’s X2: Wolverine’s Revenge video game and HBO’s The Sopranos), and currently, NYU’s 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence.
Students and alumni are invited to an informative artist’s talk on visual storytelling. This is a great experience for students and alumni to hear about first hand experience in a wide variety of formats dealing with the world of comics!
Come check it out!
Rachel Strutt of Somerville Community Access (SCATV) and the Somerville Arts Council interveiws AIB's very own Tim Finn, as well as: cartoonist Liz Prince, and children's book author Jef Czekaj! During the episode of "Culture Club", Tims new comic store, Hub Comics, is discussed, as well as Tim's new book, featurinng G.I Joe.
Check it out!- the end of the video also features the three artists collaborative "jam" comic that they started during the interveiw.
For more info on Tim's "A Real American Book!" - check out the Blog
Also, be sure to check out Tim's website for updates!
For more info on cartoonist Liz Prince and children's book author Jef Czekaj, check out the links below!
Liz Prince: http://lizprincepower.com/
Jef Czekaj: http://www.czekaj.com/
2012 is a great year to meet the Boston Comics Roundtable, if you don't know already!
The Boston Comics Roundtable meets most every Thursday night at 7:30 in Harvard Square. An informal get together, the evening is spent talking shop and sharing ideas. People are encouraged to bring their work for group discussion. Newcomers are strongly encouraged to attend. Learn more here.
Follow BCR on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/BostonComics
MoCCA Fest 2012
April 28 – 29
Stumptown Comics Fest 2012
April 28 – 29
Flag Points is a Blog and Podcast devoted solely to anything related to the pop culture phenomenon G.I. Joe. Anyone who knows AIB Animation professor Tim Finn can assure you that if you had any questions on G.I. Joe he is the man to talk to. Considering his ongoing book project detailed at A Real American Book!, he could be considered an aficionado on the subject. Recently these two encyclopedias collided in a podcast at the Flag Points Blog where Tim was interviewed about his Book and all things G.I. Joe. In the Podcast Tim talks about his his obsession with collecting and how that has unexpectedly formed into a large project and Book, all the while referencing Comics and Pop Culture.
Posted by: James Swart, Student Blog Editor for the Art Institute of Boston
AIB Faculty Brandon Strathmann's current film, "Dissolving Destinies", has been accepted into eight film festivals so far, including a touring festival, Scinema Film Festival, that will service over 400 locations in Australia. It will also tour in India as part of the WorldKids Film Festival. It was made with Maya and Aftereffects software.
Dissolving Destinies made its premiere festival screening in the Glen Rose Neo-Relix Film Festival in Texas. It also screened at the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival this past September, marking my first repeat film festival acceptance. Additional screenings include the 2011 DigiFest online between October 15 and November 15, and the Orlando International Animation Film Festival October 19-23.
Dissolving Destinies focuses on the universal problem of ocean acidification, often called global climate change’s “evil twin” by some in the scientific community. The topic was suggested to me by Jerry Schubel, the head of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. He explained that this is an issue that very few people know about, yet it is the most important to the future health of the oceans and our planet. Because scientists have only recently begun to study and understand the effect of Ocean Acidification, the scientific data is not readily available and has not yet spread to the general public. I hope to speed the spread of the information through this film.
Brandon will be part of a panel discussing the film at the Aquarium of the Pacific early next year. This will include artists and scientists who worked on the film and is aimed at introducing the issues of pollution and carbon emissions effect on the oceans to the public.