Letter of Intention

My name is Karitas Eir Gudmundsdottir and I’m 24 years old.
This is a link to my online portfolio on WordPress: https://karitaseir.wordpress.com/

I’m applying for the Graphic Storytelling Bachelor program, since I’d like to become a better comic artist, and TAW seems to offer the most serious learning program for this. I constantly strive to improve and I’d like to attend a school where I’m challenged in a structured way. I’m very motivated to expand my horizon and willing to work hard to learn new things. Creating worlds, making up stories and drawing is constantly on my mind, and I believe this program could help satiate my need to better my skills and use them on a professional level.

I’ve attended a graphic storytelling class at Skolen for Kunst og Design as well as an illustration class. Beyond this, I haven’t had professional mentoring in terms of art, and I motivate myself to learn and improve on my own.

Software knowledge and user level:
Photoshop – good
Paintshop Pro – good
Clip Studio Paint – good
Fire Alpaca/SAI – advanced

Regarding my ambitions for future work, I’d like to publish illustrated stories either online or physically, illustrating in collaboration with others or as my own independant projects. For this I’d like to improve at sequential storytelling, structuring, drawing dynamical characters as well as movement – and be able to manage my work process well, independantly and with others.

I imagine smaller independant artists gaining a bigger platform in the future via sites like Patreon and online in general, but the printed industry may become less prevalent, since reading has been digitalised futher with tablets and ebooks.

My professional influences are widespread between smaller comic artists like Isobel Kelly, mangakas like Yana Toboso, movie directors like Tim Burton, cartoon creators such as Alex Hirsch, modern ‘classic’ oil painters like Roberto Ferri and illustrators like Katsuya Terada. I seek out inspiration across many genres and platforms, and in general I’m very open towards leting new things influence me.

My personal taste is very broad, but in general I’m very drawn to any universe that’s exaggerated and well established, also in terms of its own aesthetic. (e.g. Silent Hill, Edward Scissorhands, Batman..) Theme wise I love works that focus on social or societal issues (e.g. Stitch, Adventure Time, HTTYD – subsequently a lot of horror and fairytales as well.) – And plot wise I’m very occupied with anything mystery or adventure based. (e.g. El Dorado, Treasure Planet, Atlantis.)

I do have a few areas I’m not especially drawn to, such as political satire strips(e.g. Wulff og Morgenthaler), very stylised or oldschool manga or anime(e.g. Dragon Ball), mindless comedy or – action.(e.g. Transformers)
I usually try to keep an open mind in terms of genre, and I can enjoy works for how they’re executed within their own genre, even if that genre isn’t personally appealing to me.

I haven’t applied to the program before, nor have I attended other classes at TAW.

In regards to experience abroad, I’ve traveled primarily vacation wise to a lot of different countries, including a few months in Japan that have impressed me in terms of how casually comics and drawn media is consumed by mostly everyone.

I will finance the material costs of the education via rehabilitation funds (Revalidering) that I’ve been granted by Aarhus municipality.

Contact information:
Karitas Eir Gudmundsdottir
karitaseir@hotmail.com

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