1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
Hi, I am YuanChi from Taiwan.
Like most of the illustrators, I love to paint since I was little. I studied western art in college, at the same time I did volunteer service in a contemporary art museum, that’s where I learned some new education methods and found out I’m interested in picture books. I created my first story in 2017, after I posted it on internet, a publisher noticed it and assisted me to publish it. Since then, I became a full-time illustrator and had 7 books published by now.
嗨，我是來自台灣的 YuanChi 元綺，現在是一位專職插畫創作者。
我跟多數的插畫家一樣，都是從小就非常喜愛畫畫的人。高中時在老師們的鼓勵下申請了美術系，唸了四年的西洋繪畫。在大學期間我也到美術館實習，接觸了許多不同於傳統的教育方式，並發現我對繪本很有興趣。在 2017 年我試著創作了我的第一部繪本作品，在網路上分享後收到出版社的邀請將它出版上市，從此成為了全職的插畫創作者，至今已經出版了 7 本繪本及圖像小說。
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
I like to draw realistic, exquisite, colorful and brightly illustrations.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
I mostly paint with watercolor, I like the way that natural pigment appears, I also like the feeling to actually draw on paper, and the little imperfect which hand made works always have.
4. What is your artistic process like?
I sketch every thing that suddenly pop out in my mind, then find some reference on internet, like people’s postures, animal photos or color palette. After doing the line works on paper, I’ll roughly color it with photoshop to see how it looks, then finish the work with watercolor and colored pencil.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I followed over 900 artists that I like on Instagram, their artworks always inspired me to do more creations. Besides that, I draw things I saw in daily life, like my two cats, or something happening in society.
我在 Instagram 上追蹤了 900 多位喜歡的藝術家，他們的作品總是讓我充滿創作的動力。除此之外就是生活中看見的事物，我很常畫我養的兩隻貓，也會畫一些社會上正在發生的事情。
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
In Taiwan, because of some historical issues, many traditional arts and architectures were not well preserved. Also, the school regards aesthetic education as an unimportant subject, so many people think that art is something from the other space. To be an artist, being able to appreciate arts and create arts, it’s a very precious experience. It makes me more sensitive to beautiful things around me, and I’ll try to let more people notice it too.
7. Where did you study?
National Taiwan Normal University, Department of Fine Arts.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Still creating illustrations and stories, with no less passion.
9. What about in ten?
Maybe in some of the book stores, there would be a full shelf of picture books that I create.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
There will be two options, the first is a simple art that makes people feel comfortable to see, the other is to tell serious society issues with cute graphics and stories.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
That’s very hard to answer for a Taiwanese! Every food is great! If I have to choose one now I think it will be hotpot.
12. Favourite book?
Au lit Miyuki by Roxane and Seng, a picture book with vey beautiful illustrations and words.
13. Favourite genre of music?
The kind that makes me feel lazy and relaxed.
14. What are your hobbies?
Watching movies, visiting exhibitions and shopping, things that can see a lot of new stuff.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Maybe working at a place with animals, and still love to draw.