SF Zine Fest talks with Christina Douk

In three sentences, tell us what your work is about.

I enjoy recreating scenes using my childhood imagination. I like to play around with whimsical ideas and make the impossible believable. My visionary goal is to always tell a story that will leave a smile on your face.

How did you first find out about zines? What inspired you to make your own zines?

I found out about this event from  a friend. I am new to this part of the industry, I enjoy creating  series of pieces that when put together will tell my story as well as who I am as an artist.

What do you do when you’re not creating?

Sleeping, gaming, and searching for new inspiration. 

What is an unexpected benefit that you’ve experienced from reading/ making zines?

I enjoy the break away from the busy work life. Although I am still technically doing work, its nice to conceptualize something that I want to do for myself than for a client. It is like taking a mini creative vacation. 

How would you advise first timers on making their first zines?

Creating a new piece is very daunting at first glance. Gather, references, references,  and references! You seriously can never have enough. Ideas usually originate from somewhere, and its best to find as much inspiration as you can before beginning. Figure out the style, the look and plan out how you think you want to go about it. 

What are you working on for this year’s SF Zine Fest?

I created a new series for this event called "Imagine". It plays on the idea of childhood imaginations, where we as kids believe that the world around us is what we make it to be. The illusion that we can change any location to be whatever we want and we can be whoever we want.

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