1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
Originally, I’m from China. Right now, I’m working as a UX designer in the USA. I used to work as a freelance illustrator but then I realized it was very stressful and some clients’ requirements actually restricted my creativity, so now I just take illustration as a hobby so I can experiment more with styles. But I also hope I can attract clients with my (updated) style in the future.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I personally love the “unclear” style, which is almost against the major commercial needs. But I think being random and multi-vocal is closer to the essentials of the world, that’s why I want to show it visually. My ultimate goal is that different audiences can find more than one version of stories in my one still illustration. So now I’m trying to add that depth into my works.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
Good question! I have experimented with many different media: pencil, oil painting, laptop(s) and iPad. Recently I only work on the iPad because it’s a sweet spot between traditional media and computers. I can draw intuitively with the iPad, while also enjoy the convenience of infinite ‘cancel’J.
4. What is your artistic process like?
I’m trying to get away from a technique-focused process to a more content-focused process. I used to use a lot of brushes and texture on Photoshop, but recently I use only one type of brush doing the basic sketching and filling like what you do on the paper with a pencil or crayon. Sketch-filling-polish, that’s my three-step process.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
Books, movies, and a looooot of artists from ins and history. I may not be able to name all of them, but I dig into artists’ profiles whenever I see something I love, like colors or constructions or stories.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
I would rather not define art, because the definition of it differs from everyone. I don’t understand most works in a gallery, like most people who don’t work for art. But I would love to seek beautiful, creepy and shocking things and I will feel happy if I find them. I think that’s the only thing that matters: if you are willing to seek.
7. Where did you study?
Geographically, I studied at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; but mentally, my study never ended, and it’s from all other great artists.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Probably in Forbes’ 30 under 30 list. (Kidding!) To be honest, I don’t know. My life has been changing a lot over a year, but my guess is I’ll still be working as a UX designer, while keep drawing.
⼤概在福布斯 30 个 30 岁以下名人榜单里吧(开玩笑)。老实说我不太清楚。我的生活在过去⼀年就变化很大，但我猜五年后我可能仍然是个界面设计师，并且仍然在画画。
9. What about in ten?
Eventually, I hope I can work as a full-time freelancer and travel around the world while working.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I treat life too seriously, which is why I constantly need comfort from others. Sometimes I can get it from other’s illustrations or books. I hope my art can do the same -reach far and comfort tons of people like me -who’s still struggling for life.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
I’ll tell you if you would like to treat me. (You don’t want to do that; my list is long.)
12. Favourite book?
The Three Body Problem-for space. Harry Porter-for humanity.
三体 –为了太空。哈利利波特 –为了人性。
13. Favourite genre of music?
Korean pop for now. Coz it’s kinda heartless so it won’t make me unnecessarily emotional.
最喜欢 K POP，因为感觉很⽆无情，不不会让我⽆无缘⽆无故就伤感。
14. What are your hobbies?
Eating. Drawing (surprise!) Shopping. Playing WOW, Playing Dress-up Games. Horror movies. Novels.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
A lawyer, feels so cool, and I’m good at argument. 😛