Dede Putra is an illustrator who currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand. He has strong skills in art and years of experience in book illustrations, video game development, film making and fashion. His work can be seen in many formats, including movie posters, books and animation.
Growing up in Indonesia, a very young Dede was fascinated by the illustrations on vintage biscuit tin cans. To his parents’ dismay, when he was able to hold a colour pencil, he started to practice his drawing skills on their pristine white living room walls.
More exposure to illustration styles, mainly from Japan and the United States of America, influenced his decisions for the future. Dede became that weird boy in his extended Asian family who wanted to do drawing for a living, instead of becoming a doctor or a merchant like the other kids in the family.
After finishing his degree in Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology, Dede spent a couple of years working as a concept artist in a game studio. These days, you can find him hanging around at Watermark’s Auckland Studio near Britomart, still trying hard to realize his childhood dreams of creating illustrations for biscuit tin cans.