Yudit Halim reinterprets his favorite tunes through quirky illustration
by Praditya Dwi Wicaksono
In this article, we are featuring one of Jakarta’s emerging young illustrator: Yudit Halim. If you happened to follow our social media and read our magazine, you must be familiar with his minimal, boldly outlined, yet very comical illustration style. Yes, he is the guy who made all of the Contentment’s illustration assets. His illustrations depicted a sense of enjoyment throughout the jokey expression of the characters, combined with soft yet bright colors. On top of it, his artwork tries to deliver honest emotions that he felt, which surprisingly can connect with the audience. For instance, the ‘Office Romance’ t-shirt illustration in our Nine to Five collection apparently evoked a positive and humorous emotion of audience. When we showcased the t-shirt for the first time in Brightspot market, people were smiling, laughing, and taking pictures of it. This shows how his illustration can bring a positive reaction and impression for those who consumed it.
Besides his 9 to 5 job as a graphic designer in one of the notable design studio in Jakarta, he also enjoyed doing personal illustration projects. Since he also shared an immense interest in music, he dedicated his time and creativity to create a work of art for this particular passion of him. He made several fan artworks for notable artists such as Kings of Convenience, Thom Yorke, Radiohead, and Maggie Rogers. They all conveyed different distinct souls on its own. “When I made the artwork, my focus is dedicated on the mood that I perceived from the lyric and the music arrangement,” he said. “It sounds cheesy, but through the feeling that I perceived, I started to imagine how the color and illustration would look like”. He also noted that he was inspired by different references in the creative process such as the bold lines of Jean Jullien’s illustrations, or Satoshi Hashimoto’s approach in illustrating. He also combined some brushstrokes in his Thom Yorke’s illustration and experimented with dimension and depth for his one of a kind work for Radiohead’s Airbag.
We really liked how his artwork can change and develop based on the mood of the music, and the way he interpreted the meaning of the song both literally and figuratively. It is a prime example of how two different mediums of art can interact together and inspire each other in a harmonious way, producing a new form of appreciation that we all can thoroughly enjoy.