Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Travel Around the World in Pursuit of Passion

What’s next after acquiring a diploma? Evangeline Neo, NYP’s School of Interactive & Digital Media alumna, shares her current pursuit and unquenchable thirst for success.

Following her passion took Evangeline, a local comic artist, all over the world; where her exposure to different cultures became her source of inspiration. Having built a strong foundation in both traditional methods and digital media, and the vast exposure to design softwares during her Diploma in Digital Media Design course at NYP; Evangeline found it easy adapting to any software. “I could pick up ‘Manga Studio’, a comic programme by myself!”

Despite her travels, Evangeline remained rooted to NYP. After completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts under an MDA scholarship at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, she returned to her alma mater as a lecturer. “While teaching, I realised that our local comic industry hadn’t grown since I left. I became determined to obtain a scholarship to study in Japan to see how they did it there, and if we could develop a local comic culture.”

Heading to the prestigious Waseda University in Tokyo to pursue her Masters in Business Administration (MBA), she was inspired to create Evacomics – web comic strips highlighting the cultural differences between Japan and Singapore - after experiencing a culture shock there. Evangeline shared, “The main challenge was how to make the story engaging and convey the idea, because even a good drawing cannot salvage bad storytelling.”

What’s next for Evacomics? The NYP alumna reveals that she hopes her comic will gain a global audience and even branch out into character licensing like Snoopy and Hello Kitty. Her ultimate dream is to hold exhibitions and have her own character-themed cafe!

Be innovative and enterprising, choose your own adventure at NYP Open House from 8 to 10 Jan 2015!

Published in the December 2014 Issue of Teenage Magazine. Reproduced with Permission.

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