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

Hi, I am 葉思佑 Yesyo Yeh and I am from Taiwan. Taiwan is a small island and a democratic country in the east part of Asia. I live in the capital of Taiwan, which is Taipei city. It’s a colorful and prosperous city, and the scenery of the city surely influences me a lot. 

我是葉思佑Yesyo Yeh, 來自台灣、台北市。城市裡複雜的元素, 顏色以及活力都影響著我。

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2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

My drawings often involve surrealistic creatures and fantastical scenery. I like to put colorful and plentiful materials in my work. 

I am a designer and an illustrator, therefore I often adjust my drawings accordingly to different clients. I have designed advertising graphics for numerous established brands. Some of the companies that I worked with before include Ogilvy, Wunderman Thompson, Colgate, Kleenex, IKEA, Chunghwa Telecom, and Gogoro. 

我喜歡畫黑嘛嘛沒有骨頭的生物,還有那些腦中的幻想與那些不真實的東西,也喜歡顏色與大量的印花、圖騰、元素。因為我先是一個設計師,才開始慢慢以插畫為主業,我的畫風常常會因應客戶與案件需求來調整。曾與奧美、偉門智威 、高露潔、舒潔、靠得住、IKEA、中華電信、GOGORO等等公司品牌一起工作過。

3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Most of my works were painted with Wacom drawing tablets. Digital works are space-saving and easy to modify. 

我絕大部分的作品都是用電腦與手繪版完成的。

4. What is your artistic process like?

It’s kind of like a design process. I like to find the problem, and use my work to solve it. For example, I am designing a poster, which is an annual presentation for a non-profit organization. Besides, considering the drawing and the story, I find mailing posters will be a big problem. But if I can find a way to fold the poster in a clever way, the problem will be solved. Therefore, these two elements “folding” and “illustration” will be the main idea of this artwork.

創作歷程有一點像是設計歷程,基本上就是解決問題的過程。舉例來說,我最近正在進行一個非營利組織的感謝禮物,他們預計要做一張海報。除了海報上的插畫、故事與設計,對於非營利組織來說,寄送海報會是一個很大的成本,如果我能夠想出一種聰明的、呼應設計的折疊海報的方法,就可以解決寄送的成本。於是在設計中插畫與折疊的呼應就會是重要的元素。而往往就是在解決的問題的過程中,發現這次設計的亮點所在。

5. Who and/or what inspires your work? 

Everything in my life and my cat guagua! I like reading, studying strange things, ghost stories, history, fantasy, science fiction, sociology, human rights etc. All of these become my inspiration. 

每件事都是靈感。我很喜歡閱讀和各種奇怪的故事、鬼故事、歷史、奇幻世界、科幻、社會學等等等。

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

For now, art is a big part of my life. Because I am a workaholic, I am always thinking about what I want to draw. There isn’t enough time LOL.

作為一個工作狂,當繪畫是工作時,它就佔了我的生活的大半。除了工作時的繪畫,我也常常在想啊這個也想畫、那個也想試,但時間永遠不夠啊!

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7. Where did you study?

I graduated from the National Chengchi University College of Communication. It’s not a design school, but knowing people with different advantages helps me a lot.

我畢業自政治大學傳播學院,基本上我一路都是走讀書的體制,大學也不是設計學校,因此時常覺得認識太少同業。不過這一路上幫助我最多的就是在大學中認識的朋友以及老師以及奇奇怪怪的知識。

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Well, I have been working for seven years and working as a freelancer for five years. I’m quite satisfied with my life now. In five years, I would like to be a little more famous in my profession and find a better balance between life and work.

我已經工作七年、然後後面的五年都是自由工作者,一開始也有焦慮的時候,不過目前對於案況、案子內容和生活我都滿開心的。五年後的話,我希望能夠再有名一些些,然後也在生活和工作中找到更好的平衡。

9. What about in ten?

 I would like to have my own place, with a sunny balcony. I hope I’m always enthusiastic and feel satisfied with my work.

我的腦裡一直有一幅畫面,一個自己的空間、一個陽光灑落的陽台,陽台上堆滿了植物、書和一張漂亮的椅子,還有一隻貓。我想無論我是什麼職業,這都是我對未來的想像,有大把的時間與陽光,和最愛的一切待在一起。啊對了我已經有貓了(先打勾一項哈哈)

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

I hope people feel related to my work. And I’ll work harder to talk about Taiwan, democracy and all the issues I care about.

我希望人們可以與我的作品感到有連結。曾經我很抗拒經營社群軟體,不過後來覺得,如果可以的話,我也想用我的作品多講講台灣、民主自由和我在乎的事情。

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

I love McNuggets a lot LOL.  

麥當勞雞塊 🙂 🙂

12. Favourite book?

Ummm, it’s difficult to choose one favorite book. I think it’ll be the picture book Rabbits Can Can. And I would like to talk a little more about Rabbits Can Can. It’s painted by a famous Japanese mangaka Abe Yaro before he got famous. He believed that if he can paint one hundred rabbits a year, he can surely become a mangaka. But after he painted more than three thousand rabbits in one year, it still took him five more years to become a mangaka. Thankfully he made it! 

太難選了!但我想特別介紹一本圖畫書「康康兔」。「康康兔」是安倍夜郎(深夜食堂的作者)成名前的作品,在他成名後才編輯成冊發布。在他還沒出道前,他曾經相信只要一年畫出100隻胖兔子,他總有一天會成為漫畫家。那年他畫了超過3000隻兔子,不過距離開成為漫畫家還是五年後的事情了。在知道這些後,再看看這些無憂無路的胖兔子,一遍一遍也不覺得無聊。

13. Favourite genre of music? 

Well, it changes a lot due to my mood.

我聽得音樂很不固定,端看最近被推薦什麼哈哈

14. What are your hobbies? 

I like to take care of my plants. And I like cooking and baking!

我喜歡照顧我的小植物們、煮飯和烤東西。

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

Maybe a project manager, I love to organize things and make schedules!

應該會是個PM吧,我滿喜歡規劃和安排事情,並讓一切井井有條 (桌子就不一定了)!

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