Hello, my name is Kathrin Honesta, a fulltime freelance illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I majored in Advertising & Graphic Design at Kuala Lumpur. After I graduated, I worked at an advertising agency there for about 1,5 years before decided to go back home and quit. That is because I realized that Advertising doesn’t really suit me, and deep down I’ve always wanted to focus more on illustration. Only then, I start pursue doing illustration full time.
It can vary from traditional and digital media. I love to sketch on papers using simple materials like markers, pen and pencils. I like the texture it produced. For digital media though, I mainly use Photoshop.
Inspiration comes from everywhere. I gain my inspirations from many great artists, stories, my faith in God, nature, music, from all sort of ways.
In the early stage of a project, I’ve always started with pencil and papers. It all starts with scribbling down ideas and draw out rough thumbnails. I rarely move on directly into the digital. I feel that it’s hard for me to think of a new idea if I am on my computer. Only until I got an idea that I can work with, then I will move on to the next stage to create the work.
I try my best to keep a notebook to list down all my to-do list. The list of jobs that I have to do today, I am going to plan it the day before. It helps me so much to just focus on one task at once and it helps me to get the work done. The other thing that I do is, I keep journal everywhere I go and I will do a life drawing on-the-go. It’s good for practicing, and it also maintains the creative juice flowing.
There is a recent project that I did with NagaDDB, to create a series of illustrations on a campaign called “#StopNurseryCrimes” for P.S.The Children, a non-profit organization. It is to create an awareness about children sexual abuse on how do we educate our children, to create caution and how to help the victims. To be able to participate in this project makes me feel really grateful for the opportunity given and I hope this project could help many people.
I think it’s when I decided to quit my job in advertising, and start to do freelancing fulltime. It’s a huge deal for me. In a way, I was taking a risk because at that time, I wasn’t sure that I was making a right decision. But now looking back, I am glad I took that risk.
My top inspirations when it comes to artists are: Edward Gorey, Maurice Sendak, C.S Lewis, Isabelle Arsenault, Lisk Feng, and many many more.
As in for other aspect of my inspiration that really influenced my value is based on my Christian faith, which are two very simple things: Love God & Love people. My life principle & my heart revolve around those two core things that I strive in everything I do in my life, including my work.
In this era, that bias stigma is still exists of course, even if it’s very subtle. It has been firm rooted into the society, sadly. However in the art community, that stigma become more and more blurry. It’s just not about gender anymore. In art, it’s about the work. It’s about self expression and the character.
Simple things make me happy! Things like the smell of new books, ice cream, a good hair day and puppies.
Just do it! Most of the time, we have ideas that sit in our head, just because there are a million reason that told us that the idea is sucks. That’s just an excuse we created for ourselves. Have faith, and just make it happen. You can do it!
I am exhibiting my work at Creative Expo Taiwan this year. It’s pretty excited and right now I am preparing the materials and the work to exhibit. I am also working on a view interesting book cover projects and collaborations too.