Today we’d like to introduce you to Xudan Zhou.
Xudan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am originally born in China, My grandmother and mother both love art. Sometimes I think my art gifts from my mother’s family. When I was a little girl, my grandmother started to teach me Chinese painting and traditional handicraft. And I found I have talent and ability on create art project and drawing beautiful things.
When I was 8 years old, our family moved to Paris, France. Paris is a wonderful city with artistic atmosphere. I started to touch western artists. In school, I had an art appreciation course in Louvre Museum. On free time, My family love to visit art shop and art market. I loved those art related things and class. One years later I backed to China, and started to learn Sketch, watercolor and oil painting… My mix life experiences influence my artwork.
On my forth year in University, I found I am really interested in digital art and interactive design. I choose to design an interactive game as my final project, had a great success. In 2012, interactive design haven’t been as popular as they are today in China, and I decided to study in United State to learn more about it.
When I moved to United State, I had chance in depth study Interactive design, motion graphics and digital art. I really enjoy it. After graduate, I got a job opportunity in LA and move to this city. Now I already live in this city almost 3 years. I love to visit art museum, gallery, and market on my free time. This sunshine city give my a positive mindset, which influence on my artwork.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Currently, most of my work is digital art and design. I use illustrator, sketch or after effect to make it. Usually I try to explore a subject matters first. For example “food combine with architecture”. Then establish a theme to start drawing or design. I usually stick with one theme and design lots of piece art. such as cake combine with castle, donut combine with tunnel..
My inspiration from my daily life, I use my artwork show my moods and my understanding of life. For example I design a mandarin duck, the idea from my wedding and marriage. I get marry this year. Red stands for lucky and joyous in the traditional culture of China. My husband and I like the pair of mandarin ducks, around with each other in happiness atmosphere.
I really hope people feel fun and creative when they see my art work. I want to bring people positive mood, and give them another angle to see the world.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Design/Art trend always change. And this will influence every designer/Artist. I remember on my first year in graduate school, my thesis theme discussing skeuomorphic design and flat design. Before 2013, designer pursue skeuomorph design, try to design anything as more realistic as possible. However, in 2013 Apple pushes flat design, everything going to flat. In recent year, People tired of seeing flat thing. Gradient and 3D popular again.
I try to keep my design style up with design trend. Because I open to new things – in art, design and technology.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
If you like my design or want to give me suggestion, please contact me! email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://xudanzhou.com/
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- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xudansketch/
- Other: https://dribbble.com/xudan