This is a gorgeous book made by Perry Dixon Maple, Eastwood Wong, and Richard Chang. Its about magical girls that fight evil by being fabulous. These three dope queens are have an opening at Gallery Nucleus tonight, in which I am a participating artist!
This is my piece for the show, the "Violent Pink Gangsta Chain." Huge thanks to Avril Illejay for modeling and helping out with the shoot.
I did an interview with the amazing Alex Hanson on her zine, Herpothesis, a STEM space for creative young women. Here's a bit of it!
Lemonade, Paprika, and Virtual Reality: An Interview with Priscilla Wong
Priscilla Wong is a visual development artist for DreamWorks Animation. She is a master of transcending mediums, from digital art to painting to creating fantasy creatures made of cloth and other textured materials. I spoke with her about the role of technology in her work, her predictions for virtual reality’s role in her field, independent distribution, and being a woman a creative field. All the art featured is courtesy of Priscilla, and you can find more of her work on her blog, her Tumblr, and her Instagram. You’ll also find her visual influence on the Trollsmovie, set to release this November.
How would you describe your artistic style?
It’s like lemonade with a dash of paprika. I like using real materials, like fabric, and unconventional materials. I think part of that comes from my love for fashion. I love Project Runway. I like different disciplines within art and design: I love graphic design, I’m in animation, I love fashion and industrial design. I try to bring as much of those influences together as possible because I think it makes a unique look and makes it universally appealing. It has a sophisticated mix to it, I feel. What I mean by lemonade with a dash of paprika is that I like things to be fresh but also a little dramatic, a little spicy. I got that from loving Diana Vreeland. She’s a fashion icon and she liked to challenge norms. She pushed aesthetics along from the 20s to the 60s. So much happened during that time and I think a lot of that has to do with her.
What does being a visual development artist entail?
It really depends on the job. I’m very much of a purist, and I look at it as composing a pictorial symphony— that means figuring out design language, what shapes, proportions, color and textural quality. All the visual elements should feel harmonic and very specific to the story on an emotional level. You’re not supposed to notice it. You might think “that’s really pleasing,” or “that’s really beautiful,” but you’re always supposed to think of and be with the story in the film, book, comic or whatever.
Duplicitous personalities have always fascinated me. I am simultaneously indignant and impressed when I see someone pull it off. To a certain extent, everyone does it. Its a form of defense or adaptation to change.
On the note change, I feel like a different person looking back on this year. Coincidentally, a friend told me this is a common depiction is Janus, the Roman god of passage. One face looks to the future and the other to the past. The month of January is named after him.