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Creative Space: Gica Tam

Meet the girl who's behind the illustrations of CW Seed's I Ship It.
IMAGE Clare Magno PHOTO Gica Tam | instagram.com/gicatam

Gica Tam is an illustrator and graphic designer based in New York. She shared a few of her memorable projects and what got her into graphic design and illustration. Read on to find more about her creative space.

Introductions first. "My name is Gica Tam. I'm a 21-year-old illustrator and designer, and I'm currently on a self-imposed sabbatical."

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My beginnings. "I drew when I was a kid, just like everyone else, but the thing is I didn't stop. However, I didn't think of it as a serious career until much later. Getting into design was, honestly, one of the fastest decisions I've ever made. I was signing up for my major at college and it was the only visual arts related course at that time. 6 years later, and it was one of the best decision I've ever made. Most of the time, work doesn't even seem like work at all because I'm having so much fun! I’m incredibly fortunate to be doing what I love every single day."

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My favorite. "One of the things that keeps me happy and inspired 24/7 are musicals. Back in November, I collaborated with my friend, Renee, to create a tribute to Hamilton, a musical we absolutely adore. The best thing about this was I made them into postcards, went to the Richard Rodger's stage door and I was able to give them to Lin-Manuel Miranda himself and all the other actors! I'm pretty sure that was one of the greatest experiences of my life."

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My CW Seed project. "The director, Yulin Kuang, contacted me late last year to do some designs for an upcoming series, which turned out to be I Ship It. Yulin and I have been familiar with each other's work for, I'd say, three years now. I genuinely admire her passion, her work and how she's an advocate for Asian-American visibility in media. So when I was commissioned to do the opening sequence, I immediately said yes! It was a faster turnover than what I was used to but it’s definitely been a great experience working with them."

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When I'm most creative. "I find myself more productive and creative during the evenings."

My go-to for supplies. "Though my works are mostly digital, I have this insatiable need to hoard art materials. Blick is like art heaven here on earth. I've also been using some wonderful paints and notebooks from ArtWhale.ph and Sunday Paper Co. respectively."

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Dream collabs. "The possibilities are endless! I'd love to one day work in-house for a feature animation studio. The thought being in a collaborative environment, surrounded by incredibly talented people, is the dream! "

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Insta-inspo. "I developed a strong admiration for @victongai, @raxenne, @pingzoo, @liskfeng, @mariainesgul, @pascalcampionart, @coryloftis and many more! If Gustav Klimt had an Instagram, I’d totally follow it."

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