Pintameldia

Pintameldia

Name: Estibaliz Hernández de Miguel
Location: Bilbao (Spain)
Website: www.pintameldia.com/

How about a brief introduction?
Hello! I am Esti, a self-taught artist and freelance illustrator based in Bilbao (Spain). I usually work under the name of Pintameldia, which stands for Paint my day. I have recently left my desk job behind and am spending most of my time making art. Also, I have launched my etsy shop not long ago and have a blog that serves as my open diary and album of drawings.

Even though I had always drawn and painted, I didn’t spend much time making art until my late twenties. Ever since then I have collaborated in different projects, have developed many of my own (like the “We are a Happy Family” card game) and designed for fashion brands. I am still learning my way, my own language. I feel confortable using ink, paper scraps or textiles for most of the pieces I make.

How did you get involved with zine making?
Even as a kid I made my own magazines, full of stories and illustrations. In my late teens and early twenties I participated in many music fanzines and magazines. Later on I started my own music fanzine, an adventure that lasted several years. I was and still am very attracted to the designing part of magazine making.

Tell us what’s your goal when it comes to zine making?
Making a zine back then it was a lot of fun. Fun is still what I look for when creating a zine now. I only wish I had more time, more challenges and more opportunities like this one to continue making zines.

Any favorite artists that inspired you to make your zine?
Actually, this zine of mine is completely different from what I had planned to do. In my mind I had the idea of an artful zine, maybe some of the collage kind (like Anthony Zinonos’). However, I began developing these characters (Thomas & Olivia) as a way to take a break from my usual art making, as a way to change my visual language. Soon after, my daughters were asking me for more of them. The final idea is to make them into a book series, but until then, I thought this could make a good coloring zine in a quite small size. This zine is meant for kids, in an attempt to have them use more colors than the basics, to explore the pastel colors, different hues and tones. That’s why it has a sort of instructions to coloring at the very end of it.

What’s the one tip you’d like to share with people who are interested in making their own zines?
I don’t know much myself, but what I can tell is: keep it simple. Zine making is a perfect way of experimentation and a good way to find your own voice, but you don’t want to be a perfectionist. Many times what I like most about a zine is its imperfection.

Missy Kulik

Missy Kulik

Name: Missy Kulik
Location: Athens, Georgia
Website: www.missykulik.com, www.ranchococoa.blogspot.com

How about a brief introduction?
Hello, my name is Missy! I studied graphic design and always loved art. I have
a day job as a product designer at the world’s largest supplier of balloons and gift items, but I always find time for the things I love. When I have spare time I enjoy making comics, sewing, crafting, and I study trapeze.

How did you get involved with zine making?
I have been making zines since I was 15 when I had lots of pen pals from the B-52’s fan club. My pen pals showed me zines and self publishing, and I have been hooked ever since.

Tell us what’s your goal when it comes to zine making?
My goal is to document daily life from my point of view. I love telling a story with pictures! Sometimes I like to focus on little things that might get overlooked in life, or silly things that happen to me.

Any favorite artists that inspired you to make your zine?
I am a big fan of John Porcellino of King Cat Comics and Stories. I will always love his work and how he tells stories! Nicole Georges is one of my favorite zine friends – she has a great style and I love her drawings and clothes! I also enjoy Todd Webb’s comics and drawing style! Jake Austen of Roctober is another person that really got me going on self publishing my own work.

What’s the one tip you’d like to share with people who are interested in making their own zines?
Find your own voice and don’t copy.

Minifanfan

Minifanfan

Name: Eng Gee Fan (aka Minifanfan)
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Website: cargocollective.com/minifanfan

How about a brief introduction?
Hi! I was raised in a small town called Kota Tinggi and currently work as an artist in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “Minifanfan” is my artist name and I have a lovely Chinese name, is pronounced “Wu Yi Fan” and is written as three Chinese characters. I love bob hair, minimalism, gigs, drawing and handmade.

How did you get involved with zine making?
I’ve always wanted to be a children’s book illustrator, so I started to make my own story into a zine.

Tell us what’s your goal when it comes to zine making?
I look upon myself as a storyteller. Drawing is like a story, and as artists, we have the tools to make a story beautiful and amazing. So I hope my zine can tell a story; a story that makes people happy.

Any favorite artists that inspired you to make your zine?
Yes! A Tak from Hong Kong is one of my favorite artist. He has inspired me to be unique and always motivates me to be the best. He always comes up with unique works and different, fresh ideas. Also, music is a big part of my life and I cannot imagine life without it. Currently I’m listening to Arto Lindsay, Wilco and LCD Soundsystem.

What’s the one tip you’d like to share with people who are interested in making their own zines?
Let your imagination run wild by making up a story and turn it into zines! Better to have a plan or sketches before drawing. It helps to keep your mind clear whole day and ideas are coming continuously. So, get a blank piece of paper to share your ideas and stories now.

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