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Journal Entry: Mon Aug 20, 2007, 9:00 AM
Want to be an Imaginary Friend?

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What are we looking for:
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1. Great digital painters! Photoshop or painter doesn’t matter!
2. If you are an amazing line artist, comic artist and/or concept artist- drop us a line, we aren’t actively looking but you might surprise us!
3. People who are already based in Singapore or Jakarta or are willing to work here.
4. People who aren’t afraid to spend insane amounts of time practically living in studio (ie forget your social life!)
5. We don’t care what qualifications you got. If you have a great portfolio, we’ll be happy to meet you.
6. People who aren’t expecting to be rich doing this. We are still a young studio (2 years old!) but we’re hoping for big things and hope everyone can grow together and get the benefits together. We aren’t the cheapest but we aren’t the best paying gig in town either.
7. MUST BE CRAZY. I mean it. The studio people are crazy about toys, games and movies. If you can work in such an atmosphere and contribute to the madness, this is a good thing. If you are a loner, hate talking to people etc, this might not work out!
8. DotA – if you play dota well, that’s extra points for sure! We regularly get challenged by other companies and studios!


But before you rush to send us stuff, here’s the lowdown:
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1. DO NOT send your portfolio in as attachments! We recommend you set up an online portfolio and send us the link- DA is great for this!
2. We might not be able to respond to every application- especially when we do a big call out such as this. We’re expecting quite a turnout.
3. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear from us- we have specific requirements at this point but at some point we might have need for someone like you- you never know!
4. Please don’t send us your story ideas! We’re sure they’re great but we aren’t in that mode currently.


Other information you should include:
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1. your age,
2. your country
3. your expected or current salary
4. any previous experience
5. any training
6. your online portfolio link
7. what you ultimately hope to achieve/do.
8. your contact information


Please send your application to careers@imaginaryfs.com
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info@imaginaryfs.com


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MY DA INTERVIEW

For those who wanna know a little bit more about me, you can find the interview here:

news.deviantart.com/article/20…

Written by :iconthunderstatement: <--- Thank you!
  • Mood: Excited
  • Playing: DotA
  • Drinking: kopi ais

Recollecting SDCC 07

Journal Entry: Sun Aug 5, 2007, 8:20 PM
Looking back and looking forward

It is finally over and we are home again, feeling exhausted and excited at the same time.

The past few days I've been trying to catch up with my works, leaving me very little time to think about the trip until today, I can finally sit down and recollect my thoughts. Honestly I don't write often, but the experience I had for this Comic-Con was definitely worth writing for.

This year we had 8 imaginary friends attending the conference. It was my 2nd SDCC, but it was my first time traveling with such a big group of friends. Edmund, Kunkka, Kai, Junkman, King Mong, Sunny, Stephen any myself setting off to San Diego 2 days before the event. Our luggages were packed with the new Imagine Prime artbooks to be given away to the people we planned to meet along the way. The books were heavy, but our hearts were light, as we knew that it would be fun to share our art, which we had poured our heart and soul into, with others.

We've met so many people during the 4-days event. Ed and Stephen were busy running around setting up meetings with our clients. The rest of us went from booth to booth to our favourite artists and gave them our new artbooks. Many of these artists were our childhood heroes and we grew up reading their books or seeing their art on movies posters, inspiring us to be artists. It was a thrilling experience for us to meet them face to face, showing them our book, sharing with them our passion in art, not just as fanboys but as artists too who work in the same industry handling similar projects. However, what surprised me most was not how much they love our works, which we were very honoured as we heard that, but it was how humble and approachable they were even though some of them were recognized as the art legends of the industry.

That really got me thinking for a while.

Looking at how much IFS has grown for the past 2 years. From a small setup of 4 partners to a total of 40 men studio in both Singapore and Jakarta, the growth is tremendous and sometimes scary. On one hand it had shown that our approach to this industry is right – to come together as a group of artists, sharing our strengths and working together as a studio instead of individuals. On the other hand it has also given us, as employers, a greater challenge and responsibility to take care of the team and meet their needs.

We know that in this creative business, artists are the key assets and they are as important as our clients. As artists ourselves, we also realize that we are an emotional bunch of people that requires special attention. No matter how professional we are as artists, often the quality of works are still greatly affected by our emotional state. Although some people may find it being emotional is being unprofessional, I personally feel that managing our feelings well will result in creating artworks that touch people's heart rather than a mere eye-candy.

As a studio living by the motto of "By Artists, for artists", we ensure maximum transparency and honesty within the team. Just like our name suggests, we are working like a group of friends rather than colleagues that share common passion and vision. Since inspirations often come from our experience of life, we are interested in each other's life and always ready to share the joy or offer a helping hand when called for. It is a studio culture we value a lot and it is what makes us unique.

Looking back at this year's comic con, one thing that caught my interest was how the artists chose to relate themselves to the industry. Some artists preferred to go solo and were happy to be at their own table doing their own things, enjoying occasional chat with the fans and artists next door. Some if them got fancy looking booths with sale agents like the presidents' bodyguards, introducing the artist's works with a money tag. However, what impressed me most was seeing great artists like Justin Sweet, Marshall Vandruff, Vance Kovacs and John Dickenson come together as a studio, without fancy banners and signages, situated at a suburb location of the con. Looking at them was like looking at a yearly reunion of friends.

They were so friendly and approachable. When they flipped thru our book, they did it carefull and full of curiosity. In front of them, we felt like a group of art amateurs eagerly waiting for the masters' words of wisdom. However, the way that talked to us was so encouraging and filled with respect. It made us feel like a part of the community.

I was telling myself, if we have a chance to go back to SDCC twenty years later, probably it will be our 20th year as exhibitor, can we be still as approachable to others like Marshall? Will the success that we achieve along the way blind us or build us stronger in relationship? Can the founders of IFS still believe and respect each other and remain the same level of transparency? I strongly believe we can, if we consistently check our hearts and not taking each other for granted. At the end of the day, what is to gain if we win the world but lose our souls?

I am very excited about the cool projects that are coming to our way and I am looking forward to build a studio with everyone in IFS that makes both "imagination" and "friends" shine to their brightest. :)

info@imaginaryfs.com


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MY DA INTERVIEW

For those who wanna know a little bit more about me, you can find the interview here:

news.deviantart.com/article/20…

Written by :iconthunderstatement: <--- Thank you!
  • Mood: Excited
  • Playing: DotA
  • Drinking: kopi ais

San Diego Comic Con 2007!

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 23, 2007, 11:40 AM
IFS invading SDCC..

SDCC

Hi people, IFS is setting off to SDCC again this year, with an up-sized group:

:iconartgerm: :iconkunkka: :iconukitakumuki: :iconshern: :iconsunnygho: :iconkingmong: :iconjasonlan:

We will be doing some signing sessions at Upperdeck and Boom! Studio booths so catch us if u are around ya! We would love to say hi to you. I am all excited now! :)

info@imaginaryfs.com


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:iconbenqwek: :iconscabrouspencil: :icondcwj: :iconmarcwashere: :iconwhoiszid: :iconpsychedelichic: :iconsunnygho:
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:iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear: :iconluches:


MY DA INTERVIEW

For those who wanna know a little bit more about me, you can find the interview here:

news.deviantart.com/article/20…

Written by :iconthunderstatement: <--- Thank you!
  • Mood: Excited
  • Playing: DotA
  • Drinking: kopi ais

IFS 2.0!

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 12, 2007, 9:08 AM
The New Site Is Here

IFS 2.0

info@imaginaryfs.com


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:iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear: :iconluches:


MY DA INTERVIEW

For those who wanna know a little bit more about me, you can find the interview here:

news.deviantart.com/article/20…

Written by :iconthunderstatement: <--- Thank you!
  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Playing: DotA
  • Drinking: kopi ais

Advanced Pepper

Journal Entry: Thu May 24, 2007, 1:05 AM
Pepper is on the cover!

Pepper is on the current issue (#31) of Advanced Photoshop magazine by Imagine Publishing. It also includes interview of IFS (Edmund, Artgerm, Kunkka & Ukitakumuki). Pick up a copy ya!

Magazine

Magazine site >>www.advancedphotoshop.co.uk/fl…
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info@imaginaryfs.com


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:iconwraithdt: :iconchesterocampo: :iconmischievousmartian: :iconpumpkinbear:


MY DA INTERVIEW

For those who wanna know a little bit more about me, you can find the interview here:

news.deviantart.com/article/20…

Written by :iconthunderstatement: <--- Thank you!
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Playing: DotA
  • Drinking: kopi ais

We Love IFS

Journal Entry: Thu Mar 22, 2007, 9:40 PM
This is where we belong..

A place where we share our vision and passion for art.
A place where the new generation of artists grow and shine.
A place which has no creative boundaries, no politics, no hierarchy, but to work as a team and give our best.
It is our second home. :)

**Updated with more photos**

IFS Studio View

For those who have been supporting us, a big thank you to all!

info@imaginaryfs.com


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MY DA INTERVIEW

For those who wanna know a little bit more about me, you can find the interview here:

news.deviantart.com/article/20…

Written by :iconthunderstatement: <--- Thank you!
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Playing: DotA
  • Drinking: kopi ais

Artgerm At San Diego Comic Con

Journal Entry: Wed Jul 19, 2006, 3:26 AM
San Diego Day One

These are some of the photos taken on my first day of SD, the day before SDCC, using my newly acquired NOKIA N73 that comes with a 3.2mega pixels Carl Zeiss lens and a 2gb memory card - the coolest camera phone i have so far. I can take 2000+ pictures for this trip! Yay! :)

I will be posting more nice pictures on the next 4 days of the conference, and I am really excited to meet all the cool artists!!

San Diego Day 1

High-Res image here > www.deviantart.com/view/365477…

info@imaginaryfs.com


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:iconarf: :iconadmirawijaya: :iconsami-b: :iconerufan: :iconthegerjoos: :iconshuqing: :iconkiiiat:

MY DA INTERVIEW

For those who wanna know a little bit more about me, you can find the interview here:

news.deviantart.com/article/20…

Written by :iconthunderstatement: <--- Thank you!
  • Playing: DotA
  • Drinking: kopi ais

INTERVIEWING ARTGERM

Sat May 13, 2006, 9:14 PM
MY DA INTERVIEW

For those who wanna know a little bit more about me, you can find the interview here:

news.deviantart.com/article/20…

Written by :iconthunderstatement: <--- Thank you!

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We've listened to the fan feedback and here's the deal. We're absorbing 20% off all international shipping for all orders from 9th-31st July!

Imagine Artbook Info

    Hi fellow Deviants! Some of you may be aware of a few of us coming together to form a studio thingy. Well as our very first project, we've gathered some of our favorite personal pieces and are in the process of printing a very limited edition launch portfolio artbook. The artbook is called IMAGINE: The Art of Imaginary Friends Studios with killer collab cover art by the main partners: :iconartgerm::iconkunkka::iconukitakumuki: The 128 page artbook features more than 20 artists from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and friends from the USA. Deviants among them include: :iconartgerm::iconkunkka::iconukitakumuki::iconhoon::iconjujika::iconmiroart::iconsunnygho::iconplue::icondcwj::icontorei::icontysontan::icontotemv::iconknightcat::iconkaiz0: Because we really wanted to do these great works justice, we've gone for quality rather than quantity in the face of a limited budget. And how! We're doing 600 dpi printing! Yes you heard it here- 600 dpi!!! That's better than most commercial artbooks and even DA prints! Quantities are really limited though! Do help support our humble little first project or if you simply love the fantastic work these great artists are producing and wanna purchase a copy for purely selfish reasons. Visit www.imaginaryfs.com to find out more! Thanks so much for supporting your imaginary friends!


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P e p p e r P r o j e c t

Sat Jul 10, 2004, 8:37 AM
: P E P P E R  P R O J E C T :

Finally managed to sit down and write my 2nd journal entry, and it is exactly 1 month since my first DA submission. Looking at the pageviews - Wow.. it is 21378! Seems like my works did appeal to the members. Thank you thank you!
Besides, There are quite a number of members asking me about my Pepper Projects. For those who have been following my gallery comments and replies, you would have had quite a good glimpse of what this project is about. Nevertheless, I do feel that it is the time to post a proper write-up on Pepper Project, especially for the newer watchers of mine.

WHAT IS PEPPER PROJECT EXACTLY?

Pepper Project is a self-initiated project as a mean to explore different illustration styles with an uniflied subject. It has no criteria, no restrictions, no rules and no deadline. Basically it is an on-going project for myself to consistently pushing my limit in the area of digital art, on top of my fulltime job.

WHO IS PEPPER?

Pepper is a fictional character, 100% designed by me. She is designed to be the mascot of my desgin agency- Paprika www.paprika.com.sg , which it explains why the name Pepper. She is supposed to be our virtual receptionist as well, although we have not done much in that aspect.  In short, she is simply that Unified Subject in all of my pepper artworks. Because of the diversity of illustration styles I've been implementing in this project, how Pepper looks exactly is still a question mark.

WHY PEPPER PROJECT?

As a graphic designer, I always like to challenge myself and to strive for consistent breakthrus. I always wanted to do things differently and based on my personal preference. Unfortunately, commercial designs are often driven by clients' objectives and perspectives. Which sometimes can be a little too boring, and i may risk building a comfort zone around me that is too comfortable for me to move on, to improve and excel. Pepper Project is to fill in this gap and to provide me with a good channel to explore new things, to be a constant reminder to move out of my comfort zone, to be bold and adventurous.

WHY SO MANY STYLES?

Well, I guess it is fun to do. I couldn't imagine myself doing the same thing over and over again. As a digital artist, i want to try new things.

WHAT WILL I DO WITH ALL THESE PEPPER ARTWORKS?

Hmm, i have no plan yet. Maybe when i finish the 100th Pepper, I will compile them into a book for sale. haha... possible. For now, they are just your eye candies.

WHO IS STANLEY LAU?

Stanley Lau is a chinese. He was born in HK, mirgated to Singapore when he was 17. He love graphic designs and illustrations since young. His first and only official design qualification is a diploma in Visual Communication at Temasek Poly Singapore. 90% of his design knowledge is from books, magazines and comics.

His first job after graduation is a senior graphic design @ Ogilvy & Mather Interactive, where he stayed for 2 months and quit the job after being overwhelmed by the internal politics. He, together with 3 other of his teammates at O&M, founded Paprika Interactive www.paprika.com.sg 3 years ago, where they are free from hierachy and politics, where they can truely express themselves and do good designs. Stanley is now working as the Head Art Director in Paprika.

Stanley has launched a street fashion label called Animal Square www.animalsquare.com 9 months ago, together with his girlfriend- Madeline.

Stanley is still very passionate about design and cg art. Stanley still draw Pepper on a regular basis.

Thanks for reading this long and boring stuff! haha.

P.S. My Pepper artoworks are for sale now at DA Print! Please let me know if u like any particular piece of work to be made availabe for Print. Thanks alot! :)
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After 6 months of idle as a DA member with an empty gallery, I finally got my submissions going last night.

I've spent 4 hours just to submit some of my more decent works, adding comments and stuff. It was a long process, especially for a person like me who don't usually write. Therefore I dun really think there will be much to see in my journal in the future. But hey, I will try.

So far the pple seems to find liking in my works, for that I am grateful. Thanks to all of you who added comments to my works and better still, added me as friend. I am looking forward to further interaction with all of you. :-)

To Kai, aka ukitakumuki, yes your evil art director is here at last. Thanks for giving me such a "nice" pre-launch campaign. Well, I guess evil AD breeds evil interns. haha.