Hey guys! So…
I wanted to do a video about my art style and how it’s evolved.
If you’re not interested in art videos,
come back next week!
Now if you ‘re not familiar with my work,
I do paintings and things like that on Instagram.
And then I also do a webcomic
发表在Tumblr Tapastic和Line Webtoon上
that I publish on Tumblr Tapastic and Line Webtoon.
So my style kinda seems all over the place.
Actually I feel a bit insecure about my art style,
because it’s really really simple
It looks something like this.
And… I can’t imagine what people think when I tell them
I’m a professional artist or
I’m trying to be a professional artist
with drawings that look like this.
But trust me, it wasn’t always like this.
How I Found My Art Style
The usual path for artists is they see something really cool
and want to draw like that and this
was the case for me throughout high school
I liked all the typical boy stuff
So I drew Dragon Ball Z Robots and characters
and there wasn’t much else to it
Just having fun and drawing what makes you happy
Now my goal at the time was to become a video game artist
so I was around 15
and basically I spent my time juggling school work
and also improving my art
then I went to university
since we didn’t have any illustration schools in Sydney
I studied a course called Digital Media
which was a generic degree that covered everything from web design to 3D animation.
Now luckily for my final year major project
we were free to choose whatever we wanted to do.
So I did a video game concept with a friend
and we created this entire world
So it was amazingly fun and I couldn’t believe
that what I was doing every single day was leading
me towards getting my degree but despite this the pressures
of the real world were creeping up on me
and art became less about having fun
more and more about who could create the most detailed
the most realistic and the most professional looking art.
Graduation came and thankfully I landed a job as a video game artist
But that competitive stress never went away.
I would compare myself with other artists.
I would be obsessed with improving my technical skills
for me art was just about who could draw the coolest thing
I would be dismissive of other forms of art
like modern art or minimal design
because they were “easy”
You know that feeling when you go to an art gallery
and you think: I could do that that’s easy!
Well yeah, I was that guy
Art was about more realism,
more detail, more impressive displays of skill
I compared myself with others in a never ending battle to be better.
but there always was someone better
and combined with the studio closing down
I started to feel burnt out
and then I stopped drawing
In the months after the studio closed I applied for jobs
and I even got a job somewhere in Melbourne
that I turned down.
Because ultimately I felt lost.
Eventually I went back to school.
I got a job.
I travelled and I didn’t really draw much.
It was nice
And even though I wasn’t drawing, unknowingly I was growing.
Do you remember this scene from Harold and Kumar?
I don’t know what it was.
maybe it was because John Cho is my hero
maybe it was because Maria is the second most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.
Or maybe it was because I was a shy Twenty-something year old asian guy
that didn’t have a girlfriend.
Anyway it inspired me to draw this image.
It was a weird departure from anything I’d drawn before.
没有超级英雄 没有电子游戏 这是关于人的
No more superheroes. No more video game art. This was about people.
So Maria what’s been going on?
Oh I actually had a very long week at work. How about you?
Work was good. I caught up on some sleep
Plus the guy who works next to me
decided to bathe for a change. -Really?
I posted it on my Tumblr and it went crazy.
300 likes overnight.
Now that’s not a lot but for a guy getting 5-10 likes,
this was huge.
See I would post these detailed drawings of robots or armoured dudes
that I thought was technically superior and just like amazing
but I would get zero likes.
While this simple cute drawing had struck a chord
and it was a turning point for me.
So what are you up to tonight?
Actually I’m just going to be sitting on my ass
probably eat a whole pint of Haagen-Daz while I watch blind date.
Well, that sounds…that sounds awful!
Well listen. If you want some company maybe you can
come over and sit on your ass at my place.
That sounds nice.
It was the first time I realized that
art is not always about the coolest looking thing or the most realistic.
Art can be evaluated in a number of ways.
sometimes the best art is “simple”
sometimes it redefines a culture
other times the best art is something that tells a story and moves people
and ironically after years of considering myself an artist
this was the first time I was actually making art
Nowadays I draw comics to amuse myself
I paint moments in time that are important to me
about the themes that are important to me.
and seeing comments and likes is far more satisfying
than drawing another robot character with big guns.
though that can be fun too
And my advice for those trying to find their art style?
Focus on fundamentals.
Live a full life.
And any time you feel lost with your art,
Always come back to two questions:
Who am I?
and who do I aspire to be?
Or just watch Harold and Kumar go to White Castle.
Hey guys! So I hope you like this video
I know it got a little bit arty farty.
but I just really want to make videos that I’m really passionate about
and hopefully you’ll enjoy it as well.
Anyway if you enjoyed the video
please leave a like below and comment
如果你新来的 同往常一样 请关注我
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And I’ll see you guys in the next video.