Singapore-based illustrator Susie Ang first discovered her passion for drawing when, as a child, she drew with crayons on the walls of her house. “I loved the vivid colors; the textures; and the bold, thick strokes I could do with my little fingers,” Ang recalls. Later, when she’d graduated from university with a degree in architecture, she discovered that her pastime of “doodling and coloring,” as she describes it, held more significance for her than working in architectural design. “I realized I could do something more meaningful by expressing my thoughts and feelings and the stories around me through artwork,” she says. “I had this intuition that I might pursue this path, albeit [without] formal education in this field.” Having continued on this path, Ang now illustrates for editorials such as the Guardian and Firewords Magazine, broaching subjects in the spheres of sociopolitical issues and fiction. Her style favors solid compositions combined with hazy textures akin to impressionist paintings and Mark Chagall, often obscuring her subjects in silhouette. “I prefer to let my works speak for me,” Ang says of her art. “I feel that my works often mix a conceptual and intuitive process, conceptual [being] the constructive mindset influenced by my architectural background and [intuitive being] driven by mood and emotion. And, as coloring with crayons was my first childhood love, I enjoy exploring palettes and moods for stories.”
This Amman, Jordan–based multidisciplinary designer and typographer continually leaves his comfort zone to explore avant-garde design.