Sometimes all it takes to find great talent is a tweet asking for exactly that. Looking for the first expansion pack artist led me to Louie Chin, a Brooklyn-based cartoonist/illustrator. A quick peak at his amazing portfolio made me want to know more about this talented guy. I craved more of his work. I asked Louie a few questions about him and his craft and (with permission) am posting that below with some of his incredible work.
What is your background in Illustration?
I drew all the time growing up. I would doodle on all the scrap paper I could find and come up with stories in my head. When I was younger, I wanted to draw comics for a living. I went to school for advertising and design. I took a lot of art classes there but they were mostly fundamental courses. Still, it was a great resource to learn more.
What was your first paid creative gig?
Let me see! I think my first paid gig was from an online comic competition. The winner for that month gets their comic published! I didn’t win but I did get paid. I didn’t know losers would get payment so that was nice!
What does your process look like for animation?
I am still learning with animation. Right now, I am doing a lot of rotoscoping to learn about timing and also play around with editing. It’s a nice change of pace when I get bored of “regular” drawing.
What artwork are you the most proud of?
The artwork I am most proud of is the illustrations of my family. It’s more personal, thus have a deeper attachment.
What social network has been most beneficial for you as an artist? What one is the most toxic?
I would have to say Instagram. It definitely offered me some great opportunities. I don’t know if any of them are toxic for “work” purposes. If I had to choose one, it would be Facebook, since I would get sucked into people’s lives. It got to the point where I had to delete/disable it.
Any advice for future artists/illustrators?
Practice! Practice! Practice! Aside from that, use the internet and put your work out there. Go and meet people at all the events out there. You don’t need to show your work (it’ll happen organically), but it’s great to build a connection with people in the field.