Interview with Illustrator, Jenny Zych

How did you get started doing what you do?
Like many, I drew as a kid and eventually went to art school. It just seemed like the right thing to do. I really can’t imagine myself doing anything else!

How would you describe your creative style?
Colorful, bold, playful. I like to play around with puns and symbolism sometimes. It’s been getting more graphic and minimal recently.

What’s your inspiration?
Whatever I’m into at the moment, but mostly fashion, music, anime. I’ve always been into the cute/creepy theme as well. Lately, trends has been interesting to me. I follow them, but more as an outside observer, not a participant.

Interview with Illustrator, Jenny Zych on Jung Katz

How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
It really depends on the piece. I’m a pretty fast worker, especially if it’s for a client. I try to not let ideas linger in my head too long because I know then they’ll never manifest.

How do you keep motivated?
It’s hard if I don’t have a deadline. Sometimes the motivation to finish something is just wanting to show it to other people or putting it online. Believing in yourself helps too.

How have others reacted to your work?
Overall positively, I think. Tavi Gevinson once tweeted about some of my drawings so that’s some nice approval.

Interview with Illustrator, Jenny Zych on Jung Katz
Interview with Illustrator, Jenny Zych on Jung Katz

What do you want others to take away from your work?
I just hope other people enjoy it.

What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Please relax.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
I remember during my last portfolio review at the School of Visual Arts, Jillian Tamaki and Tom Woodruff told me I need to make things happen for myself.

Interview with Illustrator, Jenny Zych on Jung Katz
Interview with Illustrator, Jenny Zych on Jung Katz

Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Make things happen for yourself! Be strategic, be nice, follow your gut.

What are your thoughts on art school?
It’s great if you can get to where you want to be without art school, but I think I needed it. If money isn’t an issue, it can be a great experience.

What’s your dream project?
Since I’m a young illustrator, just getting work is a dream! I’m happy with any project that comes my way. However, I think I’d really like to do kind of collaboration with a fashion brand/label someday. Just let me draw clothes. I’d also like to try something 3D again, like an installation.

Interview with Illustrator, Jenny Zych on Jung Katz
Interview with Illustrator, Jenny Zych on Jung Katz

What art supplies do you use?
Mostly markers, sometimes color pencils, and photoshop.

What’s your process like?
It’s changed since I graduated art school. I used to draw with a brush in ink and color everything on the computer. Most of the time the piece was in a bunch of different pieces and would get kind of collaged together. I got frustrated with that and some of the jobs I was getting. I started playing around with markers I had for a long time and was really enjoying the outcome. It’s become a fun challenge since a lot of people know markers do not scan into the computer well and it’s helped me become a lot better with photoshop. Now my pieces are finished before they’re scanned so it’s nice to have this physical object as well as a digital one for the the client.

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