FEATURED ARTIST: Interview with Taiwan Artist, Yi-Ching Chen

Yi-Ching Chen

Illustrator/Painter | 31 | Taiwan

@missycsketch | www.petartgallery.com
We are honored to have, Yi-Ching Chen, as our Featured Artist, she is a very talented artist that creates some wonderful illustrations and paintings, make sure to check them all out on her wall and while your there make sure to hit that follow button to support a fellow artist!

How long have you been an artist? What is your specialty? Where do u find inspiration?
One year as a pet portrait artist. I was a CGI artist for ten years before this.

My specialty is animal portrait, of course. More specific, I’m good at noticing subtle emotion and display it on my artworks. Besides that, I’m specially good at colors and lighting.

I’m like a radar that always seeks inspirations – 24 hours a day. I find inspiration by viewing other artists’ works, by watching pet videos on internet, by recalling my dreams from last night, by watching people and their pets when I go out, by watching commercials and movies and by playing games. Wherever there is visual information, there is my inspiration.

Do you have a job in the art industry? If So, what’s one thing you don’t like about it? If no, where would your dream job be?
I used to do. Now I run my little pet portrait shop.

I think having restrictions would kill a creative soul slowly. What I mean by restrictions are moral standards, mainstream fashions and legality…etc.

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Do you have a favorite Artist?
James Gurney.

I learn art techniques from countless artists. But I will always look up to James Gurney’s the persistence of producing high-quality of everything.
(high-quality illustrations, high-quality camera gears, high-quality video footage, high-quality family life and friendships, high-quality emotion state and sanity)

What is one accomplishment you’ve had in your life? Does not need to be art related.
I’ve completed a six days hiking track. In that trip, I climbed over five mountains which are above 3,000 meters.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?
In 5 years: I already release my first indie animation series. And my pet portrait commissions are booked throughout the year.

In 10 years: I make better pet portraits with better skills. And I recruit a few people help me produce bigger scale indie animations.

In 20 years: I pass down my knowledge and skills about making pet portraits to inspired young people. The characters from my indie animations are idols and are influencing the society.

If you could meet and talk to any person in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?
I want to meet the www (World Wide Web) inventor Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee.
60% of things I learn are from internet. I could never have enough knowledge, field of vision, self-esteem and supporting community to get me to where I am without www.

How is one way you make money with your art?
I’m getting paid by making pet portraits for my customers.

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If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be and why?
I’m getting myself a trip to Africa and watch wild animals because I really want to watch wild animals in Africa.

What is your favorite brand of art supply? Whether it’s a brand of pencils or brand of camera or software
Watercolor: Renaissance watercolor paper, Holbein watercolor tubes and Silver brushes.
Digital arts: Artisual tablet and Autodesk Maya

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Any advice for young artists?
If you truly love and sure about what you do, the whole universe will give you a hand.

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