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Meet Abby Chen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Abby Chen.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
In my works, I’ve always taken female figures and natural plants as my main characters. Recently, I’ve been trying to play it in a more experimental way.

I have been drawing since when I was very little, though I took it as a habit and never thought I would make it as a living. I started in the art field as a graphic design student in National Taiwan Normal University, where is a place emphasizing on educational teaching. Actually, I was going to be an art teacher when I was a senior in university.

However, in the following year, I got selected to an exchange program at Artcenter in Pasadena. This one-year opportunity had changed my life. Being an exchange student at Artcenter, there was less stress for me. Though I’ve enrolled in as a graphic design student, I was taking more illustration classes and tried a few illustration commissions outside of the school.

Beyond my expectation, these experiences triggered the hidden passion for drawing in my heart. This is where I started the career as an illustrator.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely not a smooth path, but it’s been really fun. I haven’t been an illustrator for too long, but I can almost say that I want to do it for the rest of my life. There are many struggles along the way. From building the visual identity as a brand to finding the right client. So many little things can cause anxiety, even doubting myself about the decision of being an illustrator.

There are pros and cons of being a freelancer. We can control our working time freely, but there will be some time that no projects are coming. Keeping up the motivation of drawing as a daily routine is really important, which may be a good chance to experience something that could be limited by commercial projects.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I work for myself as a freelance illustrator, most of my works have a very wide range from editorial, book cover, magazine and to establishing style frames for video production.

Since I’ve worked as an advertising motion designer before, it’s been a huge help for my storytelling and the sequential way of thinking visually. No matter which media is being used, converting words into pictures always shares the highest value.

Recently, I am working on an illustrative book without words about a special relationship of a lonely journey with loved ones around us. It’s going to be very fun and challenging!

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I believe that imagination comes from observation. I hope I can arrange more time on traveling. I’d love to visit cities with chaos and mountains with silence. Being an art maker, I spent a lot of time alone. So I’m trying to put myself with friends and family more as long as I am free.

As for the vision to the career, I am looking forward to working in a team to make something more exciting.

Illustration has a huge potential with various media. Such as music videos, movies, advertising, VR and so on. Especially these days, we have lots of opportunities to share our ideas.

Last but not the least, making more art!

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Jessie Mar

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