How would you describe your creative style?
I have mixed feelings about my own work. I don’t think my illustrations belong anywhere. I am never really satisfied and I always feel like I need to change something about my style. I believe I am still in the process of developing my own unique style.
What’s your inspiration?
Pretty things, girls, cute stuff, colors and patterns
What is art to you?
One thing I constantly think about other than food.
How long does it typically take for you to finish a piece?
It usually takes about a week.
How do you keep motivated?
I used to look at other illustrators’ work to keep myself motivated, but I’ve since realized that that is really tiring for me. Now if I’m not motivated to draw, I just let it go and focus on other things. I spend more time on making patterns or sewing. And eventually, I’m motivated again.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Stop exploring so much, just pick one and focus on that!
Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
Have the most basic skills down first. For an example, if you like to draw people then you must practice anatomy drawing. Of course there are artists who do not draw anatomically correct people, but that can be considered as their style because it was done ‘purposely’ and ‘tastefully.’ There’s a difference between doing it on purpose and doing it because that is the limit to your skill. Do not settle and always try to be better. Once you master that skill, then you can pick and choose and tweak what you have to express what you want. That is what I believe control is. I am also struggling and working hard to achieve that control.
What are your thoughts on art school?
I’ve been to only one art school so I’m not sure what other schools are like but I wish mine was more honest, harsh and communicative. I feel like many students could not further their skills because the school did not allow the teachers to “hurt the students’ feelings.” Also, art schools must spend more time teaching their students the business side of the art industry.
Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
I’ve been working with a really good friend of mine, Bing Liu, who is a fantastic illustrator and textile designer to start a children’s clothing line. This will be very different from what I usually do as an illustrator and textile designer. It’s exciting and scary at the same time. Meanwhile, I am hoping to develop a new style that is truly unique and inspirational to others and myself.
What’s your dream project?
I want to illustrate an entire book! A book that is related to fashion and sports!
What’s your process like?
Back in college and couple years after college, I used to do many MANY thumbnail drawings but I skip this part now. I know the purpose and importance of thumbnailing but It seems like I have been forcing myself to thumbnail because that’s what I was taught to do. But most of the time, the image I want to create is already in my head and if there needs to be changes, I prefer making those changes as I work. This is just my personal preference. So because I already have a detailed idea of what I want to draw, I do a quick rough sketch either on paper or in Photoshop. Then I draw a more refined sketch on top of the rough. When 90% of everything is the way I want, I go ahead and draw the outline and color in Photoshop.