1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
My name is Xin Yin Chen, 26 years old, I am a graphic designer and free time illustrator in Taiwan.
For me, painting is like good medicine that tastes bitter. What I am truly happy about is all related to painting, so art, design and illustration are always a vital part of my life.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I would say that my aesthetic has been influenced in many ways. For example, I enjoy watching movies from the 30s-80s. The composition and aesthetic used in the movies in the period are stunning.
From art scenes, posters, costumes, totality layouts, to camera movement perspectives, all these help me have an understanding of color perception.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
Adobe Photoshop and Adobe illustrator, also I have a Wacom Cintiq Tablet to make my works more efficiently.
大多使用 Adobe photoshop 和 Adobe illustrator 和繪圖板使工作更有效率。
4. What is your artistic process like?
I tend to draw a variety of drafts with pencil or pen and then add color to these drafts. I also like to collect images on the topic I am interested in by cutting and pasting.
Most of the time I will open sketchbooks I’ve accumulated for years to help myself get some ideas.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
My inspirations usually come from daily life, such as travel, issue, movies, magazine, fashion, exhibitions and so on. Recently, I’ve been watching craft exhibitions online, maybe I could get some ideas from them.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
I would say that art is everywhere. I think it may have made me more observant of details or different opinions. Most importantly, it makes the world more amazing and stunning.
7. Where did you study?
I studied in Taiwan, but most of my work skills and practical experience are learnt by myself or in the workplace.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Keep exploring, keep learning new things, Be kind, always.
9. What about in ten?
It’s an interesting question…. I hope I can travel around the world with my skills and experience and then, life and work will be more balanced. Be kind, always.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I hope I could try different materials and methods on my work and pay more attention to details about life, issues etc.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
Western cuisine and Chinese cuisine are my favorite, I cannot choose between the two…
西式料理跟中式料理都是我的最愛，無法選擇….. > <
12. Favourite book?
Normal people by Sally Rooney, Just Kids by Patti Smith
正常人 、 只是孩子
13. Favourite genre of music?
My music lists are quite broad… like jazz, hip-hop, lo-fi hip-hop, indie record…..
14. What are your hobbies?
Netflix, reading, hanging out with my friends, find some amazing coffee bars or restaurants, trying to cook.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Maybe a coffee shop owner or a pattern designer.