Karima is one of the designers for Spazz & Dazz. Her Photoshop edits of EXO are so awesome, don’t be surprised to see the number of notes in her Tumblr. I like her style so much, I’ve asked her to design my new blog skin. And her vector art is great UGH ♥
Name’s Karima, some people call me Karimcuy, others call me Karimjong, and I call myself a dreamer.
I’m currently 24 years old, and working as an illustrator/graphic designer in Bandung, Indonesia.
Before I tell you what an illustrator/graphic designer does, let me tell you how I ended up in this creative industry.
I had sooooo many dream jobs when I was a child; engineer, news announcer, president, astronomer, diplomat, artist, and comic illustrator. I grew up with animation movies, comic books, and video games, but I never thought I’d really work on that field. I thought it was nothing but a childhood dream, because neither of my parents nor my academic life led me into that way. I attended science class at high school and planned to apply to the Urban Planning Major (since I loved playing Sim City) because dad wanted me to. So yeah, Urban Planning was good, BUT hold up, I was still keeping this dream of becoming an illustrator or anything related with drawing. I imagined how cool it’d be to make video games or animation movies (even though later I found out I wasn’t that into them). So I mentioned this to my parents, that I’d like to apply to Visual Communication Design and here I am, successfully graduated even though perhaps they slightly doubted my major at first. “Where are you going to work?” is a common question when you study at Visual Communication Design/Faculty of Art and Design, it’s like an alien major to most of the elders. If some of you have the same problem with me, just tell your parents not to worry, because graphic designers are needed everywhere and you can start to earn money even before you graduate.
Why did I want to attend visual communication major? Well, I think people like illustrators, artists, animators, writers, and developers work like magic, like they can create something impossible with their hands, something beyond most of human’s imagination, touch people’s hearts and shape their way of thinking. How much does a comic or an animation movie influence the way you think?
Now, what am I doing as an illustrator/graphic designer?
Well, I draw and make photo manipulation of pretty boys. Kidding. But those are my sweet escape.
People say a designer solves problems, but I’d like to say that I’m a messenger. Well, not a really good messenger yet, but hey I’m trying! Hard! And no, I’m not illustrating comic, my preference has shifted in a certain way. I send messages to people through my drawing and graphic, yes, like this:
The last one is the current project that I’m working on. Please anticipate and download the game once it’s released. ;)
The upsides of this job are:
- You work with creative, fun, and crazy people! Good way to stay young.
- You can work remotely as long as there’s a laptop and an internet connection.
- You’ll have to use your imagination and it’s totally fun.
- You’re making pretty stuff 8D
- You’ll need to fuel yourself with comics, games, movies, music, things that are fun to keep that creative flame burning!
The downsides of this job:
- You’ll meet clients from hell and sometimes what they want is against your principles as a designer, plus absurd concept of working time. Brace yourself!
- Tight deadlines and client pressure if you work at a design agency.
- The fresh graduate salary isn’t that good compared with, say, a law or engineering graduate.
- You’ll have to face a computer screen aaaall daaay loooooong and it’s unhealthy.
For you out there who want to pursue a career as an illustrator/graphic designer, the thing you need the most is creativity! It’s really good if you can draw really well, but idea is the core. This job requires you to think out of the box and come out with wonderful crazy-ass ideas (that sell *cough*).
How to be creative? Hmmm there are plenty of “how to be creative” tips on the internet but this one is my favorite, I set it as my phone wallpaper.
Here’s my portfolio website, if you need to hire a freelance graphic designer/illustrator, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you’re a youngster who doesn’t know what to do with your future, and you think this job is cool and you need further information, don’t hesitate to poke me on Twitter @eee_makarema, I’m quite responsive heheh.
I think that’s all folks, stay young and don’t let your inner child die. Adios.
What is The Professionals? Read it here.