Brunei’s 1st digital art magazine waiting to hit the stands

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GRAPHIC enthusiasts in the Sultanate can look forward to the country's first digital art magazine featuring local and international artists.

Managing Director of Eymage Company Eddy Yong, who began developing the idea for a monthly magazine a year ago, said the digital art scene in the country was growing, and needed a better platform for recognition.

“His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has made it known that we should diversify the economy, and a magazine is the perfect means to provide a voice for digital art community to show the world what Bruneians are capable of,” said Yong, who won this year's 30th national day logo competition.

The magazine, titled _Rising Artists _and is awaiting publishing approval, will focus on a number of issues including illustration, industrial design, motion graphics, 3D design, branding, photo manipulation, infographics and digital painting.

Local studio HoCo Creative – which secured a $150,000 grant from the Brunei Economic Development Board in 2013 –has been lined up for the first issue, same with Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) student Fiqah Rahman, who has developed advertisements for Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) seen in local cinemas.

“A lot of people and companies do not know of the artists behind advertisement and certain art. The plan is that when we feature artists we will put a face behind their work and increase their exposure, and list all their details so that they can be reached.”

Yong said the magazine would be tentatively priced at $10 and would be distributed in bookstores across the country.

Likewise, it would have a section giving out tips from the featured artist. “There is definitely a niche (for the magazine), with a lot of UBD and Institut Teknologi Brunei students who are doing digital art courses wanting to learn more and wanting to contribute their art work so they can build a better career for themselves in the field,” he added.

International artists from Russia, Brazil, Egypt and Japan leading the latest trends and developments are scheduled to be featured, with Yong informing that he also plans to distribute the magazine in Singapore.

Eymage is also encouraging contributions from Local artists, designers and advertisers. Yong added that artworks accepted would be featured free of cost.

The Brunei Times