Hi, I’m a 20-year-old year illustrator from San Francisco. As a child I wanted to recreate the world as I saw it. My first canvases were the walls of my home and it’s been a strange, fantastic ride ever since. I began taking art more seriously when I discovered Photoshop around age 13. A lot has changed since then, but I still have that childlike excitement every time I see and create art! When I discovered people actually make a living drawing pretty things, I was determined to pursue a career doing something I love. I moved to Georgia to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design and am working on my BFA in Illustration. I love being surrounded by creative people with a similar passion for art, who push me, teach me, and inspire me on a daily basis. I have an unhealthy obsession with drawing fanciful portraits, and also enjoy ice cream, biology, cats, sleeping in, and watching far too many TV shows.
What does art and design means to you?
I love art. I love creating it, I love looking at it, I love getting excited over a project. I love getting any sort of response, I love the rush when something’s going well, and the frustration when I’ve been working for hours and have nothing to show for it. I love the thrill when I find an artwork that’s beautiful and overwhelming and turns that frustration into inspiration. I consider myself so lucky that people have given me opportunities not only to create art for myself, but to create art professionally and to consider the possibility of being a full time illustrator. It’ a job I could never imagine retiring from!
How would you define your personal style?
My style is constantly developing, but has always been somewhat dreamy. Probably because early on I discovered that through art I could make my ridiculous, far-fetched thoughts a reality. Most of my work consists of portraits, because I enjoy depicting characters and emotion. Ethereal and atmospheric environments have always appealed to me because the sense of mystery they evoke, so I tend create soft pieces with a combination of graphic and realistic elements. Recently I’ve been enjoying using textures and chalky brushes to achieve a more traditional feel.
你的創作過程是怎樣的？你通常會用甚麼工具及材料？What is the process of your work? What kind of materials do you use?
I work almost completely digitally. Nowadays, I use Photoshop CS5 and my lovely Intuos 3 Wacom tablet (I couldn’t live without it). Working with unlimited colors and canvases helped me experiment more which allowed me to grow and develop my style.
My art often begins as random, late-night doodles that get a bit carried away. Though when I plan out a piece, I start with some sort of concept and then roughly sketch out the composition. The color scheme comes next along with the face and expression which is always fun. If I’m very focused and excited, I can finish a piece in one session, but most likely it’ll take a few.
Recently I’ve been working on more than one image at a time because it keeps me refreshed when going back and forth. I draw whenever I can, but I’m a night person at heart and feel most inspired after dark.
How do you get your inspiration?
My inspiration comes from organic elements in nature, lyrics and melodies, textures on sidewalks, literature, striking facial features, fashion photography, unique color combinations, pretty much anything that makes me want to pick up my tablet and paint. Often, a concept to a piece will come as an accident. A loose brush stroke will suddenly take on shape or design of its own, and I’ll just go with it. The urge to paint hits me randomly sometimes and I’ll feel obliged to go draw. Normally this is late at night when I’ve procrastinating and have lots of work to do. Nevertheless, it’s a wonderful feeling.
在創作時你遇過最大的挑戰或經歷？ What are your most critical challenges in your work?
Often the most difficult part is to stay motivated in a piece even once I’ve gotten tired of it (I can have a short attention span). I also feel as if I don’t push myself out of my comfort zone enough, and am always afraid that my work might become stagnant. Recently, I’ve been trying to loosen up and play around with color and design more.
What are some of your goals?
I’d love to freelance more seriously, especially because I’d like to do some travelling in the near future. However, while I do enjoy freelancing, I think my ultimate goal is to make a living off personal art. If that’s attainable and where that would lead I have no idea! Thinking about everything that’s happened and what’s yet to come makes me anxious - in the best of ways.
你的夢想是？ What s your dream?
I’d love to be able to travel lots in the future and keep myself occupied with art and good food!
在你的人生及創作路上的座右銘？ What is your motto in your work and life?
I try to be optimistic, so the glass is always half full :)