Inspiration comes to me as I observe life and the little things around me. Sometimes, it comes from research. Being an illustrator opens up opportunities to explore ideas in my artworks and to practice techniques at a professional degree. I enjoy visual problem solving in an image, such as arranging content, composition, shapes, and colors. It’s challenging and frustrating at times yet rewarding and fun.
My body of work celebrates humankind and the marks people make on earth. I treasure the local, the small-scale, the eccentric and the ordinary. I draw people carrying on everyday life in their work setting, on a couch zoning out, gossiping as life passes by, bustling in the city, etc. I also like to celebrate every day common objects and living habitats such as a messy room, random things on a table, a pack of cigarettes, empty cosmetic bottles, keys, unwashed clothes on the floor, etc. As I finish drawing them out on a paper, they seem to turn out extraordinary. Another major part of my work is drawing food, especially food from different cultures. I believe learning about a culture is to try its food because food is an expression of cultural identity. By drawing and studying about the food, I learn so much about others’ and my own culture.
I appreciate casualty and “low-keys”. Thus when it comes to choosing mediums to implement my ideas and visions, I choose those that are simple and easy to access. A seventy nine cent mechanical pen, a Daiso eraser and a chunk drawing pad that I got from Target for 3 bucks do a fantastic job. It allows me the freedom to explore and to make mistakes without worrying too much about wasting art supplies. My working process is hybrid between analog and digital. I usually scan my drawings to keep textures and mark makings of the pencil on paper then color them in photoshop using digital brushes that mimic textures of real color pencils. This process gives my work an analog look, instead of dry digital.
My work celebrates closeness, comfort and intimacy from accustomed and familiar things in life because in the end, not only legacies that we remember but sometimes, “The smallest things take up the most space in your heart.”, Winnie-the-Pooh.