Instagram: @tuanmulo

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

I’m a self-taught visual artist from Malaysia. Mostly known for manga-styled illustrations with a vivid burst of colors, occasionally adding local flair to it. Sometimes you can see Nusantara warriors and kapcai bikes appearing in my illustrations.

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

My aesthetic should be a remix of everything I find. Every time I start a project, I like to add my own little twist to something, just to make it unique and to give a fresh experience (like combining tribal and subculture).

3. What is your favorite medium and why?

Digital art, because I can undo mistakes.

4. What is your artistic process like?

I take notes every time I find interesting ideas. Since I get easily distracted working with one thing, I have many projects running simultaneously. I keep alternating between projects and adding details. This is one way to keep me creative and to have fun.

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

I absorb almost everything I see, mostly from music, poetry, arts, and love.

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

I have my own imaginary world, art makes me see beyond limitation.

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7. Where did you study?

The internet.

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I would love to learn, inspire and collaborate with others by traveling.

9. What about in ten?

Have a group of specialists in nature, skill craft, and empathy, to make the world a better place.

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

Change someone’s life.

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

Nasi Lemak.

12. Favourite book?

Mostly shonen manga.

13. Favourite genre of music?

instrumental, ambient, post-rock.

14. What are your hobbies?

Cats and watching animal videos.

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

Zookeeper.

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Curated by @ievarag, Ballpitmag Curator for Lithuania.