1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
My name is Jia Dong Lin, and I was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. After studying and working in Taipei for a while, I now move to Tainan, a city with many old houses, historic sites and delicious food. I am a freelance illustrator working at home, collaborating with magazines and commercial activities. Although I am often disturbed by two cats at home, I still like this job. I also like to go to the beach and the mountains after work.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I like retro colors recently, and hope to combine cool and cute styles.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
I like drawing by photoshop, because I can easily change and test various colors, make the retro style, and printing effects.
4. What is your artistic process like?
I spend a lot of time looking for inspiration, and sometimes I think about new ideas while walking, and then go to a coffee shop or library to draw sketches, because it can bring new ideas in different working spaces. I often draws several types of sketches, and then chooses the best one to finish. Finally I’ll return to the studio to complete it by Wacom and photoshop.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
The issues or stories in the illustration case may become my inspiration. It helps me a lot and makes me feel that it is very meaningful to draw these stories into illustrations.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
The illustration job has trained me to pay more attention to the visual details of life and test different colors that can be used in my works.
7. Where did you study?
I graduated from the Fine Arts Department of Normal University, but many of my work skills are learned from the Internet and works of others.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
I hope to make a few illustration books, or many popular products.
9. What about in ten?
I hope that life and work will be more balanced, and there will be more time to spend outdoors and in nature.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
This can bring visual pleasure, remind us to think about life, pay attention to details, perhaps to find good-looking things, or to inspire people to make improvements in life. I also hope to connect different people through illustrations for the good of everyone.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
The egg fried rice
12. Favourite book?
“Earthsea” by Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Favourite genre of music?
The indie music of Taiwan
14. What are your hobbies?
Outdoors, like hiking.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I have done other art-related work for a while, and then I think I still like drawing. So I should still do work related to drawing!