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Meet Arcadia Freelance Illustrator: Christine Chang

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Chang.

Christine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Taiwan. Painting, doodling and art crafts were always my favorite growing up. I was very lucky that my parents never limit my interest. I went to elementary school and high school major in fine art, and that was where I learned the basic traditional art skills such as charcoal drawing and watercolor painting etc..

Right before I turned 21, I came to America with my younger sister and went to a community college in Seattle. The next year we both applied to Academy of Art University in San Francisco and started the best years of my life as an illustration student.

San Francisco really opened up my eyes and mind. I fell in love with the beautiful city, also the amazing creative vibe and knowledge the school got to offer.

After graduating, I got married and moved to LA with my husband.

LA to me was a brand new start. I began working with my agents now and also found myself some other freelance illustration jobs. I did children’s stories on an App called FarFaria, and took order doing watercolor portraits.

I was exploring more different techniques. Inspired by what I’ve always loved, children’s book, movies, and life itself.

Has it been a smooth road?
I would say my first challenge looking back, was the education style in Taiwan. I went to university for applied art before I came to the America, and that didn’t quite work out. I just didn’t fit in. But I would say that was also a blessing which led me to a totally different path in life.

I think my biggest challenge right now is working home while taking care of my 3-year-old boy. There is always so much to do. I get sidetracked a lot 😅

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Back in 2013, I was featured in a calendar project through IW group inc. in LA for McDonalds’.

It was a collaboration between seven different Asian artists, together the calendar celebrated and honored Asian traditional heritage and culture.

I did an illustration of Chinese New Year celebration, the year of the snake.

As an Asian artist, it really meant a lot to me to be part of this project.

Every story has ups and downs. What were some of the downs others might not be aware of?
And not every freelance job is as fun or inspiring as some others. When you’re in love with something it’s very easy to do the job. But when you are not familiar with the subject matter, you would need to do more research and spend more time to find your own voice. That can be a challenge to me.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I would recommend them starting out here. For being an artist, there are many galleries, shows, and events to go to. You can find resources from different communities and fit yourself in the ones that suit you best.

For me, however, was a big difficult, since I’ve spent more time at home the past 3 years after my son was born. Kids do change your life. I did all my freelance jobs during my free time to help supporting the family, but it really wasn’t enough. Being a stay home mom and freelance illustrator, LA might not be my first choice finance wise. But as a young artist fresh out of college, LA for sure is full of opportunities.

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