Duration: Three years.
Location: London, United Kingdom.
Education: BA in illustration from Camberwell College of Arts, London, United Kingdom.
Career path: Ever since I was a child, drawing was my biggest passion. It was natural that I became an illustrator, but I never expected to make a living from it. However, during my studies at Camberwell College of Arts, I started to receive commissions, such as the drawing I created for a subway poster for Moleskine and Chinese-language online retail platform Tmall. After I graduated, I interned at London-based illustration, design and animation studio Shotopop, and kept working on personal commissions.
Cultural influences: During my time at Camberwell, I traveled to many European countries. I was inspired by the visuals of these other cultures.
Favorite projects: The illustration I created for notebook brand Moleskine and online retail platform Tmall.com was my first commercial commission, and it took me months to finish. Since then, I’ve realized the importance of finding a balance between my own aesthetic and personal expression and the client’s needs.
Work environment: I work in an apartment I share with amazing flatmates. They are all good cooks, who feed me a lot. I enjoy working late at night, when I am really concentrated and productive.
Approach: I am fascinated with different forms of lines. I used to draft my illustrations with a thin pencil and fineliner pens, and then digitally color them. The flexibility of lines enables me to fulfill every idea I have.
Philosophy: My parents used to tell me to take full responsibility on every decision I make. So, I want to be responsible to my family, my clients and myself.
Fun fact: I actually love cats more than illustration.