bonnie pang interview

Seven Creative Questions for Hong Kong Illustrator Bonnie Pang

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Bonnie Pang is a 26-year-old illustrator from Hong Kong.

We saw Bonnie’s images recently at an event in Wanchai, were very taken with her Roar Street Journal creations, and wanted to know more about her.

Here are our Seven Creative Questions for Bonnie.

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NAME: Bonnie Pang

AGE: 26

COMPANY: Self-employed

HOMETOWN: Hong Kong

CURRENT TOWN: Hong Kong

OCCUPATION: Illustrator, comic artist

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TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Hi! I’m Bonnie. I’ve been drawing since I could hold a crayon, and now I’m happily creating art as a profession. I studied geography for my bachelor’s degree, then pursued an MFA in illustration. I love making others happy and caring for the environment.

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PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR ART:

I mostly illustrate western children’s books. My art style is colorful, warm and textured, with lots of animals. I also write and draw my award-winning webtoon Roar Street Journal … (updates twice a week!) It’s a slice-of-life, heart-warming comic of a group of animals that live the same life as ours.

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1. How long have you been an artist? And what is your earliest art memory?

I’ve been drawing as long as I remember, but as a professional artist, it’s around three years. I remember I loved drawing on blank spaces between the texts on dim sum papers when my parents took me out for a meal. I’d create an underground city populated by people and animals.

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2. Who is the best new artist to emerge in the last five to ten years? Why?

There are so many talented artists in every art field, I can’t really choose one. For digital illustration, I really enjoy Loish‘s work. Apart from her beautiful paintings in alluring colors, her success through posting art online marks a new era and market: the Internet.

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3. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve heard (business, dating, or otherwise)? And do you follow it?

Good artists copy, great artists steal. It’s especially helpful when I was having a hard time finding my “art style.” There is no 100% original idea in the world, we are just creating new combinations from existing things. It helps to take away bad feelings when I take inspirations from other sources.

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4. What is your favorite place to shop, anywhere in the world, and why?

I don’t shop much apart from necessities, but I’d love to visit all kinds of farmer’s markets over the world.

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5. What music, movie, book, or magazine gets you ready to paint, sketch or brainstorm?

Fiction books and movies often get me wanting to draw fan art. I prefer to remain in silence when I brainstorm ideas. When I’m working, I listen to my favorite albums from pop and RnB.

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6. What is the question a person should ask you, and how would you answer?

Many people ask me is it enough to be making a living being an artist. I’d rather they ask me how I write so many meaningful stories in my comic. My answer would be, I’ve been through tough times and I’d like to share my learning with others so they won’t fall into the same place as I did. The world has enough problems going on, I want to make people’s days better.

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7. If you could only spend US$250, what art piece or pieces would you buy right now on eBay?

I would buy art books of animation features and children’s books with beautiful illustrations.

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All Images Courtesy of Bonnie Pang (http://www.bonniepangart.com/)

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OTHER “SEVEN CREATIVE QUESTIONS”

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