Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Chung.
Linda, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My parents were refugees from Vietnam and came to California in the ’80s to start a new life. Growing up, I was strongly encouraged to have a career in the medical field, but I was rebellious and decided to switch to art after a year in college. They weren’t exactly thrilled with my choice to be a creative and were not supportive for many years. My time in college was a little rocky but I persevered and graduated with honors.
At the same time, this was happening, I got offered a dream job at an animation studio. They were very supportive and accommodating. I’m still working there and am very thankful for the friends I’ve made and the experiences I’ve gained. It’s crazy to think that I couldn’t walk without crying in pain, and now I can run a mile. Sometimes my sciatica flares up, but it’s very manageable and I’ve become very cautious in my activities. I consider myself very lucky to recover as much as I did. I just got another MRI scan to follow up and I’m feeling pretty good about it. I don’t know the results but I hope this is a chapter I can close so I focus more on my art. Right now, I just want to figure out my voice and on what stories I want to tell.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Honestly, I feel like I’m all over the place! Right now, I’m focused on making digital art in Photoshop–it’s just an incredibly fast tool, and after a long day of drawing at work, I just want to relax so I try to push out something quick and light-hearted. I hope I can make people laugh with my art. Whether it be something cheeky or a short little comic, I feel more connected when my art makes people smile and laugh.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I think the biggest challenge artists face today is burnout. While I love my job in animation, I am creating content for someone else and I need to remember to put time and energy for my own personal art. As creatives, we have so many ideas buzzing around in our heads but not enough time or energy to put it on paper. I have so many unfinished projects and, if I could, I would stay up all night just to work on them but that’s not do-able anymore–I rather get some sleep so I can feel motivated for the next day!
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be found at my website lindachungart.com or on my instagram: lindachungart. People can support by liking, following, or sharing my art.
- Website: lindachungart.com
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- Instagram: lindachungart