Q & A
Q: How did you start your career in art?
After graduated from art school, I had been working as an illustrator for years. But I finally realized that what I really wanted to was to create picture books, so I started to personalize my cat Cheetah, and drew a series of stories based on my cat and my son Miro. I submitted for some overseas drawing competitions, and surprisingly I won seven overseas illustration awards in three years! These awards really gave me a great deal of courage to devote myself in art.
Q: Were the people around you supportive of your decision on working as a creative?
My family and friends were very supportive when I quit my day job and decided to work at home. I am also very grateful that I had the chance to established a studio called Meowflat with 3 of my friends, they are all very supportive for me. Among them Hui Wen Chan has done an excellent job of expressing my story through embroidery work.
Q: Do you keep an on-going sketchbook for studies, ideas, and random images or do you sketch for a specific project?
I do draw on an on-going sketchbook for whatever comes to my mind. I then extract ideas from it for any specific purposes.
Q: Do you have a method for dealing with the feeling of having no ideas?
When I ran out of ideas, I usually play some music, do meditation and play with my cat.
Q: What are some of the techniques or processes that you used in creating the artwork for the book?
Watercolor, embroidery (working with Hui Wen), colored pencils and photoshop.
Q: Which one do you prefer, personal projects or ones for publishing houses and magazines? Why?
For me the most important thing is the creating process. It doesn’t matter to me whether it’s a personal project or for publishing houses and magazines.
Q: What is your favorite piece of work in your portfolio? Why did you make it?
Cheetah in space. I always wanted to go to the universe and float in space one day.
Q: If you could collaborate with any person in the world who would it be?
Guillermo del Toro.
Q: How do you navigate the illustration world?
I love travel. I also focus and cherish my everyday life. I think the most important thing for me is to free my heart, and let it lead my drawing.
Q: Are there any challenging aspects of being a female in your industry?
Personally, the most challenging part is how to balance family and work in a suitable space and time. If you are a mom working at home, you can understand what I mean.
Q: What’s on your horizon? Any current/future projects and plans/dreams you can share with us?
My recent project is trying to publish my picture book in many countries. As for future plan, I hope my artwork can be one day adapted to animation.
Q: What are some goals and ambitions you have for your future work?
My biggest ambition is to make my cat Cheetah more popular than Hello Kitty. I want more people to experience the beauty of animals through illustrations and cherish the diversity of species more.