ABOUT THIS SITE
Camp Pikaland is a collaborative effort in bringing together the best of art, craft, illustration and small-business based online classes to people all over the world. Armed with a computer and an internet connection, you’ll be able to connect with students and teachers while turning your workspace into a classroom as we spread the idea of art education beyond borders. Also from January 2012, we’re going to include a curated listing of e-classes and e-books from amazing authors as well. Though they aren’t teaching from Camp Pikaland directly, we feel that artists will be able to benefit from their experience and make your learning here at Pikaland a much more complete experience!
We’re going to have as much fun as possible while spreading some art love around, so do take a minute to have a look at what we have to offer!
Hi there, my name is Amy and I am the founder and editor of Pikaland, a blog dedicated to art and illustration since 2007. I studied architecture, although illustration is my first love. Due to geographical circumstances, I wasn’t able to pursue what I truly loved back then, but somehow I managed to retrace my steps and arrive where I am today through lots of reading, writing and experimentation.
Since graduating, I’ve worked my way up the publishing ladder – starting from an editorial assistant, and making waves as the editor of a regional architecture and design magazine. I’ve also worked in the PR and advertising industry as copywriter and creative director – managing projects and regional brands. After five years, I traded glass and steel for pen and paper, and I’m now a full-time blogger, editor and illustrator.
I wondered to myself:
What if I were given the opportunity to learn directly from those I look up to? Would I be here sooner?
What if there was a place where students can learn directly from teachers, so that no one has to say they suffer the same fate as I did years ago; with geography and financial constraints stopping me from pursuing an education in art and illustration?
It’s questions like these that spurred me to take a leap of faith in creating Camp Pikaland, so that I am able to give back to the wonderful community that has supported me in my endeavors.
I’m looking forward to seeing less regrets in the world, and one less excuse from others to not pursue what you love.
I hope you enjoy your stay here!
++ Read the interview with Amy on BIGBIGTHINGS as she talks about how she started Camp Pikaland!