Tuesday, December 11, 2007

OIC INTERVIEW #2 : ANDY YANG

Where did you get your training? And what made you want to do illustrations full-time?
Was trained in graphic design at this old art school by the name of Malaysian Institute of Art (MIA) about 14 years ago. It was so old school that what they taught there had more fine art subjects than graphic design. Well, after being in a visualiser, visual merchandiser to design executive I found out I can't take the 9 to 5 job torture no more. So.... here i am.

What's your dream illustration project?
Actually kinda just completed it. The no no nonsense, no ego trip, raw and free flow collaboration with Mike. kaka. For now.

In your opinion, what steps should one take to become a great illustrator?
Not really sure because I am still striving to be one. Based on observation, most of the great minds were open to criticism, egos aside and learn like a child everyday. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. They open new doors.

Which great artists do you learn from? And what can you learn from each?
Picasso, he is known to party hard and work hard as well in his time.

Which illustration style/medium are you currently obsessed with? And why?

The combination of the liquitex soft body and super heavy body acrylic. The diluted soft body acrylic creates a watercolour type ambience that never fails to amaze me. Together with the super heavy body acrylic sculpted with palette knives it makes the painting have it's own dimension. Damn. hope this makes sense.

Share one of you oldest and...


...newest drawings you are proud of.


Share an andy yang tip or illustration technique we could learn from.
Learn like a child. Don't be afraid to ask.

Show us your studio.

6 comments:

mindflyer 小飞人 said...

Andy is da man if you need to know anything about art materials especially acrylic paint and stuff.

Always willing to share techniques and observations (and his studio space)!!

We are indeed very blessed to have him on board OIC.

Love all the cool art tools ( and "ahem" collector's magazines ;) ) he collects!! You guys should find some excuse and pay Andy a studio visit !!

F L E E said...

Andy Yang (for people who are not familiar to him) is THE art supply store. He have the strangest if not obscure art materials/equipments. He's a very open minded artist, he'll try anything once (well, for illustration that is..)
Oh, and also... he got the most amazing CD collection too!

Cant wait for the next interview!
Good one!

andyyang said...

Alamak, Flee a.k.a. Studio Neighbour and Maikal Mindflyer. You guys are too kind. I am more of a kalang guni man with a hefty amount of dirty jokes to share. Kakaka...

twisstii said...

He's the Newman (Seinfield) of Potong Pasir, salesman of art materials and da man of tonnes of weird impersonations. nyahahaha.

AG said...

"Based on observation, most of the great minds were open to criticism, egos aside and learn like a child everyday. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. They open new doors."

-andyyang

i like this quote very much. :D

drewscape said...

Yeah i agree that being always willing to learn is one of the most important traits to become greater.