So You Think You Want My Job?

Sketch­ing funky snap­shots of the big events; Bernie paints us a pic­ture of how she turns doo­dles into dol­lars.

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What it takes to be a graphic artist.

Name: Bernie Quah

Age: 25

Job: Graphic Record Artist &Founder of Sketchtch Post Stu­dio

What’s your job about?

I cre­ate live large-scale graphic record­ings at events and dis­cus­sions to sup­port the con­tent that’s be­ing dis­cussed. It draws at­ten­tion to in­ter­est­ing ideas and quotes that vmight have been missed post event.

What made you choose this par­tic­u­lar oc­cu­pa­tion?

Illustration has al­ways come nat­u­rally to me. I found it valu­able as I at­tended con­fer­ences and be­gan il­lus­trat­ing notes in my note­book. Af­ter a few years of prac­tis­ing it as an in­ter­est, I de­cided to turn it into a pro­fes­sion by start­ing Sketch Post Stu­dio.

What’s a typ­i­cal day at work like?

I read ma­te­ri­als that or­gan­is­ers pro­vide on the dis­cus­sion topics to have a bet­ter idea of the speak­ers and their sto­ries. Then, I prep boards by il­lus­trat­ing portraits of speak­ers, their names, event lo­gos and more.

What are the perks of your job?

Meet­ing movers and shak­ers of in­dus­tries. It’s also great to have a front-row seat and be given the op­por­tu­nity to vi­su­alise a wide range of con­tent such as en­trepreneur­ship, de­sign, tech­nol­ogy, travel and more.

What’s the most dif­fi­cult part of do­ing what you do?

I have to pro­duce a fin­ished draw­ing by the time the speaker walks off the stage. It’s a pro­fes­sion that de­pends on quick think­ing.

How is 2014 look­ing like?

There have been re­quests to work in Hong Kong, Europe, Ja­pan and New Zealand. I’m def­i­nitely look­ing for­ward to Sketch Post Stu­dio mak­ing its global mark.

How well does your job pay?

Well, enough to not worry about per­sonal in­come and in­stead fo­cus on de­vel­op­ing my tal­ent and the com­pany.

Fa­mous peeps she’s worked with

Tan Sri Tony Fer­nades and Dato’ Sri Idris Jala

Datin Paduka Ma­rina Ma­hathir

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