LINE Creator’s Market

LINE Creator's Market

LINE screenshot

Apart from being a Whatsapp user, I also use LINE to keep in touch with my family through bursts of free short messaging. However, the big draw of using LINE over Whatsapp has got to be the availability of silly stickers among some other things too, like how I can have the same LINE account on my computer so I won’t have to use my phone to message my contacts (having a 5-year old iPhone 3GS will do that to you!)

So when I heard that the people at LINE are opening a Creator’s Market last week – I thought that it was a great idea! It basically opens up the opportunity for artists to create their very own line of stickers (40) to convey a wide range of emotions that can sell for 100 yen (or about USD1). You get to keep 50% and the rest goes to LINE.

From The Next Web:

 The Line Creators Market, a brand new platform launched today, will only start accepting submissions from April onwards. It is free for all users to register on the Line Creators Market. Creators can sell sets of 40 stickers at 100 yen (about $1) per set once the graphics are approved by Line, and they will receive 50 percent of the proceeds.

The possibilities for this is endless – think of the characters that you’ll be creating, and also the amount of new fans (and eyeballs) you’ll garner through LINE’s 360 million user base.

Ready, set, sketch!

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Finding unconventional methods of spreading your name out there is one of the exciting topics that make up the Work/Art/Play online class that I’m teaching this year – if you’re interested to know more, head on over to the website and sign up to be the first to know when the next class begins!

[second image via Scatopiene.it]

Celebrating our 6th anniversary = unblocking your creativity!

Pikaland turns 6!

Pikaland turns 6 this month, and all I could think of was how amazing you guys are.

Forgive me for the bit of a soppy post, but I thought I should get stuff of my chest instead of holding it all in (I think I’m allowed to do so since I do this here blog!) So here it is: I wanted to thank you for following me on this personal, enlightening journey on Pikaland – and I hope that it has helped you in some ways too. When I first started this blog back in 2008, it was to serve as a personal “scrapbook” of sorts. Not knowing much about illustration, I decided to start a blog where I collected the artists and pieces that I love where I could access it in one place – a place where I could learn and hopefully to reveal what is it about illustrations that makes my heart beat a little faster, and my eyes a lot more sensitive to what’s being said. I learned so much through self-discovery, by putting it into practice, and by teaching others about what I’ve learned: how important it is to see beyond just images.

One of the most fulfilling projects I’ve started is the Good to Know project. It’s a series of zines that shares advice among creatives – artists, designers and illustrators on various subjects on creativity, business and life. It was started in 2009, and our first ever issue on creativity is one of my favorites. I’d like to share this with you as a free downloadable PDF (and viewable online too right below via Scribd!) I’m looking to expand on this project this year, and I’ll be making these older copies available to mailing list subscribers free of charge along the way (p/s: if you haven’t signed up yet, it’s never too late – you can do that by clicking here!)

I’ve started projects, and said goodbye to some. But the one thing that has stayed the same is that you aren’t alone in figuring all of this out. I’m still doing that too. And I’m glad that we’re going to do that together.

Without further ado, here’s the first zine that launched it all – the very first issue of the Good to Know zine series; one that documents the musings of over 40 artists on how they’ve unblocked their creativity.

I hope you enjoy the read, and I look forward to our journey together along this amazing road ahead. Let’s enjoy the ride, shall we?

Catch of the Day

I have to admit that I’m not adventurous with music. I like my playlists as they are, and any new music is one that I find through the radio, or through a recommendation through Spotify. The only way I’ll be able to accept new music if it’s been played at least 5 times – subliminal as it may sound.

BUT THEN.

I forgot about the days of MTV. And I realized how important images are when they go hand in hand with music – especially if the visuals are eye-catching illustrations that not only follow the beats of a sound, but enhances it too. I’m reminded of this through Catch of the Day music video; a song by Sally Seltmann and illustrated by Isobel Knowles who used stop-motion animation to produce the playful motions of the characters. And the catch? There was no brief.

From Dezeen:

“The animations are shot frame by frame using a camera and a light box,” Knowles told Dezeen. “I shot most of the elements separately and then composited them, changed colours and added effects digitally, layering up each scene from small parts.” 

It’s a beautiful work that warrants a watch – or 5. Happy Monday folks!