Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, Kerry Edward studied Graphic Design in New York City after high school.
Currently residing in Melbourne, Kerry works as UI designer and does illustrations in his free time.
He is the author and illustrator for his self-published book, My Busy Day.
Who inspired you?
The first artists I admired were comic book artists, Todd McFarlane and Jim Lee. I still admire their work but my taste has grown to other types of illustrations. These days the people I follow on Instagram are the most inspiring people.
What has been your journey up to this point?
My journey can be summed up as a slow starter. I used to dream to be an illustrator when I was in junior/high school. Most nights and weekends were spent drawing comic books. Being born in an Asian family in Indonesia, I don’t remember hearing any words of encouragement to pursue my illustration dream.
When I had a chance to study in NY, I chose to study Graphic Design. I thought it was the closest field to illustration. That was in 1997.
Fast forward to the mid of 2017, I was scrolling through Instagram being pissed off seeing all these people making great art and I wasn’t. I was admiring NOT making. In December 2017, I bought a used Wacom Cintiq. In early 2018, I took illustration classes.
On Oct 24, 2019, my first picture book will be released.
I am also a part of Wacom Next Level exhibition. The illustration I submitted is actually a page from my picture book that I decided not to use.
I will be promoting/selling my picture book on Sep 14 – 15, 2019 in Chadstone shopping mall at Pottery Barn Kids. I will be doing a live watercolour session as well.
What are you working on now?
I am working on original watercolour illustrations that I will be bundling with the picture book for the Chadstone promotion.
As a child, what was your relationship with books?
I started collecting comic books in high school from my allowance. I spent most of the allowance on comics. I studied the colour, lines and shapes.
What is the most important thing about what you do?
The book is based on my daughter. I hope she saw how hard I worked on the book. And she understands that everything can be done if you put your mind to it.
What are the challenges you face in this industry?
I went with the self-publish route. When I tried to publish, I noticed that most publishers only want the illustrators to illustrate and the authors to write. The process to get published is a bit silly too. You have to send a manuscript. If they are interested, they give you a call. This was not acceptable for me who set a deadline for 2019.
What advice can you offer to aspiring authors?
Just do it.
What is your definition of success?
Continuously being able to illustrate and provide for my family.
What is your ultimate goal?
To be successful. Definition is above.
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