Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Personal Interest and my awesome parents.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
My experience working with Amano is really interesting. He is like one of my favorite illustrators so meeting him and working with him is a really big deal. Consider his popularity and mastery I assume he is going to be harsh and have a big ego. In reality, he acts just like my friend. We speak a different language so it is difficult for us to communicate, but we still had a really fun time working together. One day after studio time, we went to this fancy restaurant where Amano reserved for our whole crew. Everybody dressed up fancy and just when I thought this is going be awkward, we started talking about girl issues out of nowhere. This is just the beginning, it goes from that to working out even to roasting each other. It is such a magical night, under the moonlight a group of passionate illustrators acting like teenagers despite all our differences. This experience made me fall in love with Illustration, even more, I want to live like this forever.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Artists tend to get emotional when it comes to critiquing their artworks. Master the ability to listen would go a long way. Also, don’t ever doubt your ability to make art. When it comes to commissions and projects it is all about efficiency. Learn to use all types of medium will help you tremendously. Don’t hesitate to take a break, you will be surprised by the result of relaxing. Freeing your mind for a day or two will almost guarantee a more productive working day. Personal Interest and my awesome parents.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
I’m grateful for my father for supporting, encouraging me on my artist’s road. He is a busy man, goes out early and comes back late at night. Whenever he has free time I would ask him to teach me. He tried to make the session lighthearted with jokes and “praises”, but I know he is serious about it. So for many years, my goal will be to make him praise me with full honesty. One day I turned in a piece of work that I’m disappointed in. It is an illustration of character design, my very first one. Everything screams childish, line work, color, composition. Just when I’m prepared for the worst outcome, he let out the one thing I yearned for years: a heartfelt compliment. I was confused, worried by my decision and the difference In our perspective. He said good artwork is never expected and bad work is never unexpected. He taught me the importance to embrace flaw, any sign of imperfection when it comes to personal work. I soon realize the meaning. When I try to make something with clear intention, it always comes out stiff and lifeless. But, if I work without one, I end up with work that feels free, energetic, and creative.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I have used my artwork to bring attention to the field of illustration, educate younger education on the importance of art in China, also sharing my culture with the world through assistance in my father’s team.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Sometimes the hearts sees what is invisible to the eye – H.Jackson Brown, Jr
How can our readers follow you on social media?
My Instagram is _bigm_99 and my website is mh99art.com