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Meet Jenny Lu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jenny Lu.

Hi Jenny, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I am a Taiwan-based illustrator. When I was 13, I was lucky enough to get into the best art class in Kaohsiung and decided to become an illustrator. At age 18, I headed to the United States and studied at San Francisco Academy of Art University. I received my BFA in Illustration degree to further my dream of becoming an illustrator. During my art school years, I went to every figure drawing workshop I could go to hone my drawing skills. In my junior year, I was one of the two students in the United States to receive full scholarships from Streamline Publishing to attend the Figurative Art Convention & Expo 2019 in Williamsburg, Virginia. I now work as an in-house designer at a national performing arts center in Taiwan to create main visuals for various programs and events, and I hope I’ll be able to develop and illustrate my own stories in the future.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I felt a bit lost after graduation. Post-graduation life is scary because I am unsure whether I can make a stable living as an artist or not. I think about giving up on my dreams all the time. Luckily, one teacher is always willing to guide me and give me feedback on my work even after graduating from school. His name is Adam Caldwell. He once said that pursuing art as a career would be hard and uncertain at first, but everything will be OK in the end. He said, “As my favorite magical books say: “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” So I guess I will not give up on my dreams yet. Instead, I will keep trying and see what my passion for art will bring me in the future.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I always seek to communicate my imagination and sense of humor through my artwork. To me, the use of colors and repeated themes seem to be what makes my work look cohesive. In terms of my specialty, I specialize in both children’s and adult book illustrations, editorial illustrations, and licensing art for both children and adult consumer products. I also do commission paintings and personal work for private collectors and galleries. Last year, I designed a set of custom birthday cards for clients, including BNP Paribas, did one large commissioned painting for an art collector, and started offering private art lessons for adults and children. After graduating from art school, I now work as an in-house designer at a performance arts center to create main visuals for various events and programs. In the past three months, I’ve designed tickets, handbooks, ID badges, event backdrops, a certificate for completion, and flyers for a five-day acting summer camp for teens.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
Studying abroad was one of the best experiences I have ever had. Attending art school and being surrounded by art folks for five years changed my life forever. I will never forget these wonderful times. Besides, I was lucky to have met people willing to support my art while I was still in college. I sold about forty illustrations in my senior year. And it’s about the number of pieces I’ve created since middle school. Words can’t describe my gratitude towards all the people supporting me and my artwork. I feel luck played an important role in my life, and I am very grateful for that.

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