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Editorial Illustration: Communicating Ideas & Getting Hired

28 March 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Part of a series of three workshops under ‘A Weekend of Comics and Illustration’.

Distilling a text into a clear idea and conveying it visually is at the heart of editorial illustration, which covers images made for publications like newspapers and magazines, print and online. Examples of publications that commission such work include the New Yorker, WIRED, Washington Post, Saigoneer, Mekong Review, Tempo, and New Naratif.

This workshop is ideal for students and emerging artists who are thinking of working in the field professionally, as it covers both the artistic and business aspects of editorial illustration. The facilitators will draw upon their experience illustrating and art directing for local and international clients, providing actionable steps and insight.

In the workshop, participants will learn:

  • what is editorial illustration
  • ways to come up with ideas for illustrations
  • the illustration process, from client brief to final art
  • how to put together an effective portfolio
  • best practices for communicating with art directors before, during, and after a job
  • where to access resources for pricing, artist rights, etc.

Date and Time: 10am-1pm, Mar 28th

Registration Fee: RM125, sliding scale (pay-as-you-can) available for those with financial need. Bundle discount when registering for 2 workshops or more under ‘A Weekend of Comics and Illustration’. Send us an email at unnamed.asiateam@gmail.com to book your slot.

Recommended Age Group/ Participants: Participants who are interested in illustrating for publications like magazines and newspapers, both regionally and internationally. Prior drawing experience helpful; this workshop is not meant to teach drawing techniques.

Lead facilitator:

Charis Loke is an illustrator, editor, and former teacher based in Penang. Drawing upon literature and visual culture, she evokes wonder and curiosity through stories. She’s also Comics + Illustrations Editor at New Naratif where she commissions and works with Southeast Asian artists, and is co-editing an upcoming comics anthology (SOUND) to be published by Difference Engine SG.

Her work has been recognised by the Society of Illustrators Los Angeles and shown at Light Grey Art Lab (LGAL) as well as other galleries around the world. She’s illustrated for Orbit Books, Editions Jentayu, GerakBudaya/SIRD, Singapore International Foundation, Mekong Review, and the George Town Literary Festival. Charis was an artist-in-residence at Rimbun Dahan as well as the LGAL Iceland Creative Residency in 2019.

Website: http://charisloke.com    Instagram: http://instagram.com/charisloke  

The Weekend of Comics and Illustration is produced by Hikayat and generously sponsored by Difference Engine, Hiveworks, MyCreative Ventures, and Penang Institute.

For booking, please contact:
Email: unnamed.asiateam@gmail.com


28 March 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Charis Loke


Hikayat Blue
226 Beach Street
George Town, Penang 10300 Malaysia
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