Rose Wong


"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!

Trapped, ink and digital

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.

Untitled, graphite

Rose's work desk

The artist at work

Don't Look Now, graphite

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?

There are so many artists that I admire, but right now, I am very fond of looking at Sachin Teng and James Jean.

I love Sachin’s use of shapes and colors, and Jame’s lines and details. Looking at their work inspires mine.