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Art & Life with Catharina Sukiman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Catharina Sukiman.

Catharina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and relocated to the Bay Area at the age of 13 and lived there through high school and college years. I graduated from San Jose State University which has a great Animation/Illustration major. And in 2014 I relocated to Los Angeles when I started my internship at Nickelodeon.

Growing up I loved reading manga and watching anime and cartoons. I loved it so much I used to copy my favorite manga characters and eventually drew my own stories and characters. Art was my constant hobby and past time, and when I had to decide on a major for school, it was an easy decision for me to choose art. I thought that if I have to do something for the rest of my life, I might as well choose something that nobody had to ever force me to do. I didn’t really consider or know what industry I wanted to be in and I got very lucky that I chose the animation major where I found like-minded companions and teachers who guided me into the right path.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Currently, I draw Props/FX designs at work, and beforehand I did characters as well. But in my spare time I like drawing people and human interactions between people; I also like to draw cute outfits that people wear day to day – fashion is really fun, and I really enjoy how people express themselves thru it.

I used to draw in my sketchbook a lot, but lately, I’ve been drawing on my iPad a lot. I think what I draw lately is very self-indulgent – I draw what I want, and for me it’s fun, and it makes me happy when a drawing turns out well.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
I think lately my focus isn’t about success but about happiness in my own life. I feel successful right now because I am happy. I work in a great show, with great coworkers and I’m proud of the work that I create I think that’s success in my book.

Characteristics that I feel are essential for success is probably ambition and discipline. In the animation industry, I think the ability to work with other people also helps a lot since our work is always a team effort.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I’ve done a couple of galleries before – but the easiest way is thru my Instagram or website. @catsukiman or catsukiman.com. Last year I was really into making pins, and I recently tried working with a screenprinting company – The Little Friends of Printmaking. I have a lot of works that I could sell, but I still need to set up an online shop!

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