Today, we are joined by William Chua, he is an illustrator . You can view his portfolio here.
Firstly, I’d like to thank you for the interview. We’d like to understand how your interest for illustration started shaping up. Tell us a bit more about what made you go this route!
During my school days, the only subject that i can score with flying colors is Art, probably because i read a lot of manga like Dragon-ball and Saint Seiya hence i draw a lot on my school textbook.
I used to be holding a 9 to 5 job not related to art and found the life very routine and mundane since I have always been interested in art classes back in school, after a few years into my 9 to 5 job I decided to follow my dream because you only live once.
Tell us a bit more about how you learned it all. What changed in the last few years in terms of ease of expanding your skills and knowledge?
I learn most of it through the tutorials i found online and also through exchanging tips from artist friends. With more practice, I have been able to explore other illustration styles. For example in recent years, I started experimenting with the japan Ukiyo-e style which was quite popular with my fans.
What does your creative process look like?
Usually I start with sketches on paper or directly in Adobe illustrator. I then refine the art work by re-tracing the line art, and lastly I will color the line art with Photoshop.
Do you have any recommendations in terms of good books, programs you use, or media choices you’re willing to share with us?
For all artists, I recommend this book Threads not dead which provide some basic knowledge on building a career in Art. This book is also very reader friendly and easy to understand.
Do you have a special place or object that boosts your inspiration and helps your creative drive?
I don’t have, but i do watch a lot of movies if i run out of inspiration.
Could you describe how a productive day would look like from your point of view? Which are the most important hours for you?
My most productive hours are in the day when I’m all alone at home – my wife will be at work and my 2 kids will be at my in laws’ place. I will work on whatever project I have on hand. I will also set aside some time everyday to surf the web, post comments on my Facebook page, and check out work done by other artists. I make a mental note not to spend too much time at the computer, and will take a break once in a while to stretch out stiff muscles. I also go for a jog in the evening.
What is your stance on today’s ever growing opportunities enabling artists to take on remote design work?
The internet has opened up many opportunities to connect artists to freelance jobs all around the world. I would encourage all artists to keep an open mind and take advantage of this opportunity. Communication is also key, as most work discussions will be conducted via email.
What would you prefer: a steady, well paying job in a local agency, or the freedom and often stressful life of a freelancer? Why?
I prefer working as a freelancer from home, as i have more flexible hours and i can focus more on my personal portfolio. The work life balance is also great as it allows me to spend more time with my 2 young sons and help out with household chores. I have worked in an animation production company before and did not like the long hours and bureaucracy.
How would you describe “the ideal project”? Did you have any recent opportunities to come close to this?
To me, the “ideal project” depends most on the client himself. If the client is clear in communicating what he wants, has an open mind and trusts me to deliver quality work, it allows me to be creative while keeping the client’s needs in mind. Once in a while I do have clients like this, and they are a pleasure to work with.