Pls tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Jakarta and studied Industrial Design at Institut Teknologi Bandung. I was teaching at a University in Bandung before our whole family moved to Malaysia in 2009, following my husband's new appointment.
What got you interested in picture book illustration?
I have been doing various illustration projects and happened to have the opportunity to work with a client from US for her first book "The Gift of The Ladybug". This book hit the Best Selling spot in Amazon.com on the first day of its launch. That encouraged me to look at illustrating children's books professionally.
Before I begin any work, I will carry out a thorough research to study all the related details of the characters, places, and even the ambient setting of each scene to be portrayed in the story. And for sure I will also discuss with the writer to get the writer's point of view. From there, I started creating characters of the story, present them in storyboards, and discuss with the writer/editor to finalise the illustrations.
The short answer - children!
I've always had the passion for creating book illustrations that highlight the value of local culture and wisdom to the international level; to introduce the richness in diversity of cultures, religion, for example, so that children across the world can read and enjoy them. I want to become a book illustrator that has a signature style on each of my work that readers can really enjoy.