High achieving young artist to be honoured


Early Childhood and Care project assistant Jess Sariago has been named a semi-finalist in the 2018 Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards.

The 26-year-old department officer was nominated for the Charles Darwin University Arts Award, a tribute acknowledging creativity, and the initiative and devotion to produce inspirational works.

Darwin-born Jess, known artistically as Tako , has a delicate drawing style strongly influenced by Japanimation, particularly anime, and is ambitious to become a concept artist who digitally designs storyboards for diverse entertainment genres.

She submitted a digital interpretation of the Rainbow Serpent, My Gift to You, to the 2017 Telstra Art Awards, and participated in the 2017 GeeCon event — Darwin’s first anime and video game festival.

Having completed Certificate IV in Design at Charles Darwin University, she is continuing to hone her artistic skills by trial and error, watching online tutorials, and entering competitions such as the Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards and the International Lumen Prize Award.

She is using her mastery of colour, and talent for design and production, to compile a quarterly magazine promoting the Territory’s 38 urban and remote Families as First Teachers’ programs.

Although juggling full-time work, family commitments and obligations to her art, Jess has signalled her intention to enter more art contests and capitalise on extra art development opportunities this year.

A gallery of Jess’s work is accessible at INKEDTAKO . Jess will be presented with a certificate at the award’s gala dinner on Friday 13 April at Skycity Darwin.

Jess Sariago

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