Tang Yau Hoong/ 25
I never had any professional training in art and design. Instead, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Why/How Did you get into design?:
I think i am really into art and design and trying to make a living at it even though I could get myself an engineering job much easier.
After graduated, together with a friend, I did some hand silk screened t-shirts for sale. Everything started from zero and it was just some sort of hobby stuff and we didn’t do this for long until I found out some online t-shirt design contests and started to take part. It was my first win at Threadless.com that brought up the thought of making a living from drawing and taking this into serious consideration. This might be the first time I wanted to get into the career of an artist/ designer.
Favorite Project(s) that you have done:
I haven’t have many opportunities to be involved in some really exciting projects. Most of my freelance work are art directed by clients and I can hardly say they are my best since the theme and concept were already provided. My favorites work would be some of my own illustrations which I submitted to contests and a few of them should be coming out very soon! Do check my flickr folio if you have time, it has my most complete gallery.
As I didn’t go to any designing course I am pretty much influenced by the daily things and stuffs around me. Ever since I started taking part in online t-shirt designing contests, I have been surfing the internet for inspiration and this is by far my major learning process. Some of the artists that I am quite heavily influenced by are The Head of States, Frank Chimero, Nick Dewar, James Joyce, Luke Best, Josh Keyes, Paul Blow, Pietari Posti, Christoph Niemann, The Small Stakes, Emiliano Ponzi and many more.
How would you describe your Style:
This is hard to say, as I love doing more than one style. I always tend to create some conceptual based illustrations. I actually find hand drawn and clean vector quite ‘compatible’ as I think these two different approaches could be combined perfectly and the result is really fresh to me. Instead of describing my drawing style, it would be easier to define my work in terms of theme and concept, and they would be illusion, nature, universal and conceptual.
Is this your full-time gig?
I don’t think I have fully established myself as a professional artist/ designer but at this moment I have no day job and my income are purely from freelance illustrations. So the answer should be, yes. Anyone who happen to read this, please get in touch if you like my work!
One Piece of Advice:
Learn, practice, think, and work hard. Be confident about your work.
Ink and paper, watercolor.
Favorite Band at the Moment:
Not really listening to a lot of music recently, some of my all time favorites are Sigur Ros, Mum, Mogwai, Coldplay, The Strokes, Radiohead, The Arcade Fire, Belle and Sebastian, Club 8, Kings of Convenience, etc.
Favorite Clothing Line:
My fave would be Uniqlo from Japan, also 2k by Gingham, Rockwell, Youreyeslie, Sixpack.