|Christina - Me - Jamie - Earl|
Where were you born and what you you like as a child/teen? Any early signs that you would be drawn to illustration?
I was born in Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver when I was 6. As a child I was curious and crafty, always watching DIY kid shows and building my own projects. Most children are hypnotized by cartoons, where I on the other hand was fascinated by Bob Ross. I think that was the earliest sign that I would be drawn to illustrating.
Where did you study illustration and why did you pick that school? Any favourite memories during that time? Highs or lows?
I studied illustration with an art tutor at a young age. She came to my house once a week and would give me all sorts of projects. What I loved about those art lessons was that there were no rules, and my teacher would always ask such perplexing questions like, "why did you pick this color?" or "how does this make you feel?"
I combined my love of illustration with my passion for clothing and went on to study fashion design at Kwantlen University. During the 4 year program I more aware of who I am creatively and was finally able to answer those perplexing questions that my illustration teacher once asked.
Talk about your journey since graduating?
Since graduation life has been everywhere. I was hired to work in Aritzia's support office which I was ecstatic about. One year later, I left the company and jet to New York City to work for Anna Sui! Living in New York was an amazing experience. I got to attend New York Fashion Week and felt like I was breathing dreams. Fast forward half a year, I hopped to Australia where I worked freelance and traveled like nothing else existed. Now I've drifted back home and there's no place like it! Feels like I never left.
Talk about inspiration. When you have an illustration to create, how does the process work for you? Where do your ideas come from?
My process always start with writing. If I have an idea, I usually write about it first. I ask myself questions and maybe add a few doodles with my notes. Then I do a little research on what I'm illustrating and I get right into it. Weird to share this but I talk to myself when I draw, I feel it helps me to better visually communicate. Things that inspire me most are not considered to be conventionally artsy, like sci-fi novels, cigarettes, or pop culture controversy.
How do you create your artwork?
In working with magazines, what would original illustration bring to the issue?
Original illustration has kind of become a sacred art in our age of technology. If a magazine has illustration features, I believe it can demand presence from a reader who's desensitized by the digital information highway.
As computer graphics becomes more prevalent, illustration as an art form has lost some popularity. Why do you think it is important to the industry? What does is bring to the table that makes it unique?
I'm going to continue illustrating, doing more projects and building my portfolio! I want to participate and become more involved with my local art community. I plan to move from freelance into full time with agency representation, but who knows what the future holds? Maybe I'll run off to Japan and become a tattoo apprentice!