Oriental Art Influences and Victo Ngai

Posted at 12 pm on August 25, 2010 by

Posted in: Digital Illustration, Painting, Paper Illustration, Photoshop

Beautiful line work with murky, mysterious colours from New York-based artist Victo Ngai. Victo has an interesting background, which she describes on her site:

She speaks Chinese (Both Cantonese and Mandarin), English and Japanese.

She attended Christian schools, but is not Christian. She holds a British National (Overseas) passport but is not truly British. She is a Hong Kong citizen but does not have a Chinese ID card.

Her parents live in Hong Kong; her grandparents are Chinese American living in the west coast of the States; and Victo goes to Rhode Island School of Design on the east coast.

Victo talked about her illustrations and more, below.

I work with both traditional and digital media. The lines are done with nib pens or rapidograph pens. The textures are done on different pieces of paper with various media, like graphite, acrylic, oil pastels. depending on what look I am trying to achieve. Afterwards, everything is digitally composed and colored in Adobe Photoshop.

My source of inspiration is very broad – from natural scenery, to great graphic design, to old and contemporary illustration masters.

I think I indulge in and absorb anything that is beautiful or interesting. If I were to have a preference, I think I am naturally more drawn to decorative and flat imagery because of my oriental art influences growing up.

Those examples would be: Chinese Shan-shui painting and folk art, Japanese wood block prints, Art Deco paintings.

I am currently based in New York, and am working on a project called “1200 Posters”, which is meant to inspire conversation and community.

The project is a collaboration between “Big New Ideas” and RISD students and alumni. I am one of 12 artists who will be working on a series of large silk screen posters that will be produced in limited editions of 100 (100 posters x 12 months = 1200 posters).

Each poster will be inspired by one line of a larger quote from Margaret Wheatley, and the text will be included as a graphic element in the design of the poster.  Our hope is to use the text along with artistic expression to inspire the kind of artistic community the quote discusses.

I am also building my online store for selling limited prints and looking for more editorial illustration work.

© Victo Ngai, 2010