This month we caught up with Nod Young who was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to answer our interview questions all the way from China.
Please tell us about how you create your artwork. What is the process and what tools do you use?
Most of the time I only use the simplest geometrical elements, so when I have a concept in my mind, I combine the basic factors on my computer, then complete the works using collage. I care most about the rhythm of the illustration, concentrating on the relationship and distance between every element, and once I’m satisfied with the form I modify the colour and details.
What are your main sources of inspiration?
This question gets harder and harder to answer. In the past I have always said my inspiration comes from things such as music, films, travel and general life, but actually they are unspecific answers, maybe I was unsure of what my true inspirations were at the time. We can find resources on the Internet easily, but true inspiration is a totally different thing. Today I am still not sure where my inspiration comes from, but maybe that’s because I never try to find out.
How did you get into illustration?
I love art, because art can build a self-oriented world for me. It is unique, individualised and boundless.
What are you currently working on?
Outside of my daily work, I am painting a poetry comic called Where Are You. The painting is between representational and abstract and without any words. Now I have completed the first chapter, which contains 20 pages. I plan to create 10 chapters which I will complete over the next two or three years.
What advice would you give to aspiring illustrators?
Even though it seems like we have a lot of time to create things, in reality chances to showcase our creativity can be sparse. What we have to do is grab every opportunity and make it perfect.