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Featured Illustrator

Marina A

November 2018

Fluro’s + babes + a bit of mythology, Marina’s work totally captured our eyeballs. Marina manages to have a bit of fun with a bit of a dark twist to her work and were here for it! Read on to hear what she has to say about developing her style and how she started out.

When did you fall in love with the design and how did you get started?

During my College Certification / Diploma years, I was majoring in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics. In which, I was required to learn the fundamentals of design and from there I got into it within seconds! I was blessed to have been provided with the necessary design software from school and that gave me a good head start I guess.

Where did you study and what were some of your first jobs?

I took a Diploma in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics and a Diploma plus in Design Thinking at Singapore Polytechnic and then shifted for a BA Degree in Visual Communication at Nanyang Technological University. In which both schools are located in Singapore. Upon graduation, I did several jobs for experience and to sort of figure my passion out. I used to work as a video editor then a freelance visual art director and now a freelance illustrator and graphic designer.

Give us the elevator pitch on what you do.

Currently, I’ve been working with several musicians like M1LDL1FE, Mark Redito and Ffion for various materials like album artworks, branding and single artworks. Apart from that, I’ve been working on paintings for exhibitions, showcases and freelance design work for companies like Zouk, eatmepoptart and Coach.

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The style will start to form and develop naturally even if you start to illustrate out of the things that you like.

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What does a typical working day include for you right now?

Waking up at noon, clearing emails and work on the deadlines throughout the day until I usually get tired.

What do you look for in a great client?

A client that understands your skills and your identity in which respects your creative value not to under-commission your works.

How did you develop your style as an illustrator and what tips would you have for others?

I started illustrating subjects that inspire me like mythology, motifs and astrophysics. From there I found a pattern in my drawings and I guess that’s where I found my ‘style’. The style will start to form and develop naturally even if you start to illustrate out of the things that you like.

What advice would you give students starting out?

Never steal another creative's artwork. It is okay to be inspired but not steal and don’t force art/design.

2018 for you in a sentence.

A beautiful disaster. (In a good way btw haha)

Website: cargocollective.com/mrn

Instagram: @mrn.a

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