This weeks score brings you digital illustrator and mystical imaginator, Brian Luong. He hails all the way from South California so welcome him with open arms. Oh, and he’s a bit of a wizard on the old Wacom...
Tell us what you can see from your window right now. If its your hometown of South California, please don’t make us Londoners too jealous.
I see a quiet suburban neighborhood on a slightly breezy day. The weather is great, especially since the past couple of days have been a little too warm.
Yep, jealous. So tell us, what's your next project coming up?
I don't want to be too specific and spoil some surprises, but a lot of great projects I've worked on will be unveiled in the coming months! There are also a couple projects on the table at the moment as well, but those are hush hush at the moment.
The illustration work on your site is mainly client-less. Do you sell enough of it to make a living or do you have a day job too?
I get enough client jobs to get by. The scarcity is also caused by me being picky about which projects/pieces get posted up on my portfolio and media sites, so not all of my client work gets posted on those outlets.
How do you find the time to create such a detailed and expansive body of work outside of a paid job?
Freelancing is pretty much my day job. After I "clock out" for the day, I have free time to work on personal projects. There are also times when I don't have freelance jobs going on, so that's when I'll work on personal pieces.
Would you want to quit your job and just sell your prints if you could?
I don't think I would completely quit my job (my freelancing). Maybe I'll take on less projects so I can focus on completing even more personal projects.
Your work is very mystical and otherworldly. What was it that inspired your particular style?
I always enjoyed art of the fantasy genre when I was younger. Anything not out of the ordinary sometimes feels boring to me, so whenever I work on a new piece I'm always aiming to create something that I could be excited about. Looking at a lot of different art was something that inspired me to developed the style my work portrays nowadays. Whenever I see a piece of art that I really admire, It makes me look at my own art more closely. I end up asking myself why I like a particular piece of art, and I'll make a mental note of the answer and use that knowledge to improve my own art.
For those who don’t know, how do you produce your work?
I produce my work digitally! From the very first sketch to the final piece, everything stays inside my computer during the creation process. I use a drawing tablet and Photoshop as my primary tools.
What's your creative process?
First I'll roughly sketch out my illustration in Photoshop and tighten it up as I go along. If I'm not quite sure what I want to draw yet, then the sketching phase usually takes a while as I try to develop a concept along with the sketch. After my sketch is done and tightened up a bit, I'll start working on drawing out the final linework. Getting the lines drawn out usually takes me the longest. After the lines are established, I'll start filling in areas, adding colors, and finish up the piece by adding effects and some subtle textures.
If you could relocate anywhere, where would you go?
Hard to say. I guess somewhere vacation-like so that my friends and family can visit and stay over at my place whenever they want.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be?
I would be greatly terrified if I had the opportunity to collaborate with any of the artists that I've admired, primarily because I'm afraid that I would make a mess of things and make a fool of myself! Out of the number of artists that I can think of, I would be greatly honored to collaborate with Zach Johnsen because seeing his work was what sparked my interest in becoming an illustrator in the first place.
What piece of advice would you give to young creatives?
You may experience shortcomings or failures at some point during your journey as an artist/illustrator, and that is completely fine and normal. Try to take something positive away from the situation, learn from your mistakes, and never give up. You'll often learn more from your mistakes than your successes.
Thank you so much for talking to us Brian. We look forward to seeing what those future projects hold!
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