Why illustration? Didn’t you study landscape architecture? How did you end up being a blogger?

It all started really innocently – I was writing and editing full time because I felt I wasn’t suited to being a landscape architect (yes, I chickened out, but it was for my sanity!) I really love the illustrations that were popping up, so I started a blog to just chronicle some of the stuff I like. It got a bit of traction and I found readers who also loved the stuff and folks I’ve featured so it just snowballed from there!

 

Are you making a living from Pikaland?

I’d love to someday! Right now I get some pocket change through banner advertising, Amazon and Commission Junction affiliate programs (which pay me a small commission if you do find my recommendations useful) and by running Camp Pikaland. I’m also a freelance writer for a few publications and that’s how I can sustain myself and Pikaland!

 

What’s your editorial policy?

I feature things I like! I like to be pressured into featuring things, especially if they’re things I don’t think would suit the website or that readers would like. I invite folks to write in and send me an email with a link to their works/shop plus a low-res image of their works. And if I love your work, you’ll see it on the blog!

 

You do book reviews – tell me more about those.

Some of the books that I review are sent to me by publishers – I usually request books that I feel Pikaland readers would like, and they’d send me review copies. All my reviews are unbiased and I give out my comments, pros and cons. Also, the publishers do not pay me anything for them. I do link the books to Amazon where I’ll earn some change if you decide to buy them!

 

Do you recommend things just so you can earn a commission?

HELL TO THE NO. I only recommend things that I would buy, or other people might find useful. For example, if I find a book to be utterly horrid, I won’t even review it on the blog – I’m a firm believer in positive experiences so I choose to be constructive instead of negative.

 

So you’re based in Malaysia – what’s that like?

It’s hot and humid all year round so there’s lots of sweating going on. Besides that, we have the most awesome food. Come visit and I’ll bring you to eat the best steamed fish (plus rice of course!) and the best hot piping bowl of noodles you’ve ever had!

 

Do you illustrate?

I sometimes do for clients on commission – I’ve drawn for Marie Claire, Female and MPH, as well as a few corporate clients. I doodle a lot though, and you can find most of my work at http://amyngstudio.com. I’m also open for collaborations – just like the fun times I had collaborating with Sara of BrwnPaperBag.

 

What’s your commenting policy?

I’d like to think of Pikaland as a civil place in addition to being a happy one, so I generally leave all comments up, unless it’s defamatory, overly aggressive or plain disrespectful. Porn and spam are not welcome either!

 

Why do you write about other illustrators instead of illustrating full-time?

Because I’m better as an organiser and project manager, that’s why! Perhaps it’s because I’ve been an editor for a long time so it’s something that I love doing. It’s always a push-pull thing but I do both at the same time anyway!

 

You’re based in Malaysia – won’t it take a long time for your packages to arrive to where I am?

Not at all! For standard international shipping, all it takes is the standard 14 working day delivery to reach wherever you are in the world (except Israel – Malaysia can’t ship there, unfortunately!) If you’re in the UK, you’re in luck because it will be quicker – you can expect to receive your package within 10 days!

 

Where else can I find you?

I’m on Twitter, I have a Facebook Page and a Tumblr site (if you prefer to see some of the stuff I post on Pikaland on that platform). I collect visual inspirations on Pinterest too! You can share your work via the Pikaland Flickr Group, I’m on Instagram (my username is @pikaland) and of course, I can be contacted at amy{AT}pikaland{DOT}com.

 

Pikaland in three words:

Happy. Creative. Inspiring.

 

Can I send you stuff to review, like zines, books or even just some pretty stuff like prints, postcards and stickers?

Why yes you may! But I have to forewarn you – not all of the things you send in will be posted on the blog, especially if I feel it isn’t going to be a good fit. If you just want to say hi and share your stuff regardless of whether it will be featured, you can send them here:

Amy Ng

33 Jalan Taming Kiri 10,

Taman Taming Jaya,

43300 Balakong,

Selangor, Malaysia