Here we go, im so late with the meetings!! they are so many, i didnt had time to make them all, when i will start with this one in Hong Kong. Yoko and her work, i knew it from facebook and i really like her style, so i asked her to meet and she said yes! we met for lunch and talked all day long,
here is the illustrated meeting
you want more…. here is the interview about her work
Where are you from and where do you live right now (city)?
How does the city you live in influence your work?
As a former British colony, Hong Kong is often described as a place where “East meet West”, a city that carries multi-cultures. Maybe this is why people thinks that my works look like Japanese style, sometimes Taiwan and sometimes British.
Would you consider your work as part of an asian style?
I think so. Since most of my work contains Chinese words, it projects a strong Asian image to people.
How do you define your style?
My style is in bold lines and painted with contrasting colors. An iconic element of mine would be the orange noses on all of my characters.
Any Asian favourite artists?
So many!! Aya Takano is my favorite Japanese artist, you can see many crazy ideas in her work. 100% orange, also Japanese, their work appears in many products and posters in Japan. Nara Yoshitomo, famous Japanese artist who draws the little grumpy girl. Siuhak and Tak, illustrators from Hong Kong who draw comics with local humor. John Ho, also Hong Kong’s local artist, he paints by acrylic and creates beautiful pictures to tell his real story. EmmaAparty, a group from Taiwan that mainly create animal tee prints.
Are you familiar with European/American illustration? If so, can you tell me some artists that you like?
Eric Carle who draws “The very hungry caterpillar”, M.Sasek from Switzerlandwho draws beautiful books about different countries, Gemma Correll who draws wonderful comics that mention her cute pug.
What do you think about travelling?
Learning different culture, languages and meet wonderful people.
If you were an animal, which one would you like to be? And why?
Cat, they observe the surroundings and make decisions, clever animal.
Which music do you listen to when you work?
I have an online playlist called “music for night workers – http://www.xiami.com/song/showcollect/id/5327534”. I like soft music such as the songs of The XX, bossa nova from Naomi & Goro. Sometimes soundtracks, my favorite is the soundtrack of the animation “The illusionist” and the movie “Submarine”. If I need to brainstorm, I will choose jazz.
Your favourite food in your country
Chinese Sausage and Chinese Broccoli Stir-Fry
And your favourite city/place in your country?
Tsim Sha Tsui. It is in the middle of Kowloon Island and Hong Kong Island, a major tourist attraction where you can see a lot of foreigners. You can take my favorite transportation, the Star Ferry to enjoy the world-famous view of Hong Kong – the Victoria Harbour, as well as the city’s skyline.
check her work online, its beautiful!
Yoko, Ng Ka Yan