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December 19, 2017
By Jamie Wetherbe

From Risk To Rihanna: Meet Fashion Illustrator Alum Bijou Karman

ArtCenter: What are you working on right now?

Bijou Karman (BFA 14 Illustration), Artist and illustrator: I’m working on paintings for an upcoming solo show at Nucleus Portland.

Bijou Karman (BFA 14 Illustration)

Don’t worry about finding your style while in school. It’s a time for experimentation.

Bijou Karman (BFA 14 Illustration)
AC: How do you define success?

BK: Being happy and not having to worry about money.

AC: Do you have any superstitions?

BK: No.

AC: What’s the design cliché you’re most tempted to use?

BK: Pretty face against a plain background.

AC: What’s the one tool you can’t do without?

BK: Paintbrush.

Bijou Karman (BFA 14 Illustration)

AC: What’s the first site you look at when you open your computer in the morning?

BK: Gmail.

AC: Where do you go (online or offline) when you’re taking a break?

BK: Instagram.

AC: You created illustrations of Rihanna for her clothing campaign with Stance Socks and she shared your work on social. How would you describe the experience in three words?

BK: Exciting, opened doors.

AC: What does social media provide artists?

BK: Exposure and a chance to create an image for yourself.

AC: What do you do to detox from media and screens?

BK: Reading and yoga.

AC: If you could trade jobs with anyone for a day who would it be?

BK: A singer like Kathleen Hanna who goes up on stage and performs without fear.

Alumni Q&A

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AC: What book is on your bedside table?

BK: “Hold Still,” Sally Mann’s memoir.

AC: Who are the most interesting artists and designers working today

BK: A few I love are Daniel Clowes, Kaye Blegvad and Jules de Balincourt.

AC: What’s your most prized possession?

BK: My hard drive containing all my work.

AC: Where is your happy place?

BK: In my studio, working.

AC: What’s your best piece of advice for an ArtCenter student interested in following your career path?

BK: Take as many classes with teachers you admire while you have the opportunity. Don’t worry about finding your style while in school—it’s a time for experimentation. And put your work out there online even when in school because you can start to get jobs and build a client base before graduating if the right people see it.

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