"There will be a lot of hard times, but all you have to do is keep on drawing–even if it is a scribble"
Brooklyn-based artist Rose Wong from Michigan has a significant number of followers on Tumblr, and has been interviewed and featured by numerous websites and publications, one of which is on Juxtapoz Magazine. As a personal fan of her work, I could not be more thankful for this interview!
What made you decide to go to art school, and how was it?
Art always came naturally to me and when I was deciding where I wanted to go to college, it just seemed like the obvious choice.
Art school has been a great experience so far! I have met so many great people and teachers here, and have learned so much. It’s challenging but I have developed so much of my technique, style, and my thought process through the years here and I would not change a thing.
Are you very much inspired by your surroundings, or is it a mixture of things?
I love looking at things. Sometimes I would just stare at a floor pattern and be inspired by it! But I am also inspired by art, music and people. Anything that excites me brings on an urge to put it onto paper.
Do you draw based on a reference or just from what you have pictured in your head?
Most of the time, I just draw from my head. But it is always from a visual collection stored in my brain. I definitely use reference when I need it and I love to use observational drawing.
What advice do you have for a first-year art student, or anyone who wants to go freelance?
There will be a lot of hard times, but all you have to do is keep on drawing–even if it is a scribble. Open yourself to all the possibilities in art and confidence will come in time.
What materials do you use in your art and why?
I love to use graphite and ink for drawing. They both allow me to get really detailed and intricate with my line work. And I use Photoshop to color because it allows me to experiment without affecting my drawing.
What pisses you off as an artist when you take on commercial work?
So far, I don’t have a whole lot of experience with commercial work. But the ones I have had so far have been pretty good, so I don’t have anything to say about this right now haha.
Are there particular themes that you like to focus on?
I definitely love drawing nature and the human body. Also incorporating patterns and design into surreal environments is a definite theme I play with a lot.
Could you share your work process?
For projects, I always start with a simple sketch to map down composition. Then I blow it up and trace over it with more detail and when I have that down, I start drawing into the piece. Then when I am done, I scan it in and color it with Photoshop.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
I love Sachin’s use of shapes and colors, and Jame’s lines and details. Looking at their work inspires mine.