@nicolexu_

Instagram: @nicolexu_
Twitter: @nicolexu_
Website: www.nicole-xu.com

 

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I’m an illustrator who was born in Shanghai, grew up in Vancouver, and am now based in Brooklyn, NY. I went to Rhode Island School of Design and have been freelancing ever since I graduated in 2016!

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I like my work to be gentle and introspective. I often use a limited color palette and subtle detailing.

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Most of my work is done digitally, although I have recently started to work with ink. Working digitally allows me the greatest control over my work, while using ink creates a lot of nuances that I can’t recreate using only the computer.

4. What is your artistic process like?

It depends! Some days, I immediately get an image in my head of what I want to create, and get straight to drawing. Other times, I have to go through twenty horrible sketches to find an idea that I like. Once I come up with an idea, I sketch it out, paint with ink, scan, and add colors/adjustments on Photoshop, or sometimes I just go straight to digital off the bat.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

I’m a big consumer of all things creative, from books, films, music, and of course fine art. Everything I see and experience influences how I think, and that filters into my work. As for artists, I really look up to James Jean, Micah Lidberg, and Jillian Tamaki to name a few.

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Art plays one of the biggest roles in my life. I was always a quiet, shy kid growing up and art allowed me to express myself and impress people enough to become my friends. It helps me organize my thoughts and keeps me grounded.

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7. Where did you study?

I studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years? Working in an agency?

I honestly love working freelance, and hope to continue to do so and be able to collaborate with a lot of great designers and artists. It would also be cool to make a picture book or put on a solo gallery show!

9. What about in ten?

It’s hard to think so far ahead, but I have my heart set on adopting a dog by then!

10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

H-Happiness?

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11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Sushi’s my staple food in Vancouver. Oh, and I’d never say no to a nice bowl of noodles.

12. Favourite book?

Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami

13. Favourite genre of music?

That’s a hard question since it changes with my mood. I’m listening to a lot of Mitski and Made in Heights at the moment.

14. What are your hobbies?

You can usually find me bundled up in blankets reading, watching films or playing rogue-like indie games.

15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

I used to play a lot of instruments and I’ve always wanted to compose film scores and video game soundtracks!

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