As you may already know, we like to get in touch with artists that express their creativity through their work. So, we come back to you with another interview. Hope you will enjoy it!
Subsign: Before we get things rolling, let’s get acquainted. Tell us a few things about yourself.
Chow: My name is Chow Hon Lam. I’m an artist from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Subsign: What was your childhood like? Do you think your experiences from childhood have influenced your present creative endeavors?
Chow: Yes, I read a lot of manga in my childhood, I like the variety of the story of manga. It influenced a lot to me, from storytelling to execution of my work now.
Subsign: How would you describe your work style?
Chow: Something cute and funny. The execution of my work is simple and with a clean line. I always try to come out some witty idea which can bring a smile to people face.
Subsign: Can you share with us how your creative process works?
Chow: The first step is idea, a quiet environment always giving me a lot of inspiration. After I got the idea, I will start search some reference from internet, the reference is important to me to make sure my work don’t have mistake. The next step will be a rough sketch, my sketching usually not so detail, I prefer to put more time on the final art. I will finish the lineart and coloring with the rough sketch, all the step are done in Adobe Illustrator. Sometime I will use Photoshop if I need some texture effect.
Subsign: How does your workstation look like?
Subsign: What is your favorite work you have done so far?
Chow: My favorite work is the t-shirt design I done for AirAsia last time, the design is based on their slogan “Now Everyone Can Fly”. Ostrich is a bird that cannot fly, with AirAsia, Ostrich also can fly now. design link
Subsign: Who do you admire as a visionary?
Chow: A Korean artist, Mr. Kim Jung Gi. He can draw anything without sketching, and the outcome always impressed me.
Subsign: What advice could you give to someone starting out in the creative field of work?
Chow: Practice more, as much as you can. And don’t be shy to post your work on internet. A critique from people always help us to improve.
Subsign: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Chow: I will learn cooking, I like food, but I can’t cook. It is a wonderful life if we can enjoy a nice food everyday.
Subsign: Can you recommend for our readers a book, a song and a movie?
Chow: A book called “Whatever You Think Think the Opposite”, by Paul Arden. This is a very good book for creative people.
Subsign: If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
Chow: A party with all my favorite characters from manga, movie and comic. I’m sure it will have inspired me a lot with this party.
Subsign: What did you wanted to be as a grown up?
Chow: An artist, I enjoy my job now ☺.
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