Featured Artist

Yu-Ming was born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C. Editorials, movies, and public issues always become his inspirations. He uses illustration as his tools, and comes up with conceptual ideas to tell the stories to the public. Inspired by Japanese Manga and Cartoons, He is working on the style with Chinese Painting brushes ink line combines graphic style with textures in his illustration for expressions.

What stands out for you as one of your favourite career highlights so far?

So far, the career highlights for me which is I had honoured to get selected in 48th Golden Pen Of Belgrade, The 13th International Biennial Of Illustration in Serbia and represented USA. It is definitely one of the greatest affirmations for my illustration career.    

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am trying to bring my illustration to another level. I am hoping more people will like my works, and enjoy the stories I’m telling through the image. In December, I will have a solo exhibition in Taipei which is also the first time for me to do the solo exhibition. Accordingly, I am busy on preparing the show and hope people who visit will like it.

How’d you get started as an artist?

Comics and cartoons were two essential elements which accompanied me while growing up. During that time, I was extremely fond of imitating by drawing and doodling characters from cartoons and comics such as Slamdunk, Ranma ½, and Dragon Ball. Accordingly, from elementary school all the way to my senior year of high school, I was always enrolled in art classes. Without doubt, I continued this pursuit by studying Visual Art for my BFA. However, after I realized I have more interest  in concept art and production art, I entered the illustration field. First, I started to paint digitally and practiced the skills I needed. However, the more information I received from the illustration market and the medium I used, the clearer I understood that my strengths and preferences were more towards editorial and advertising. Accordingly, I started to work as a freelance illustrator.  

Who or what influences your art?

The ink brushes and line works of Chinese painting is very valuable, and fit with my aesthetic. When I was studying Visual Art, Chinese painting is always my favourite way to do art. After I saw Yuko Shimizu’s art, I was inspired, and hope that I can bring my own oriental aesthetic to my illustration creations.  

What is your creative process like?

I created work based on what I saw on news, magazine, movies, and life experiences. I always make it conceptual mix with lifestyles. Accordingly, to come up with conceptual ideas and eye-catching illustrations, I need to do a lot researches with some sketches. I usually do ink brushes on rice paper during the inking process, and scan into computer to do the colours.

How do you feel our Art + Brewing initiative can benefit emerging artists?

All the selected works have high qualities and great executions. Accordingly, it will make people believe that what Art+Brewing only select great artists. I believe this is important for young artists to have a chance and showcase their best works with other talented artists. The most important thing is people who buy the beer will see artists work, and might wondering who they are.

Most artists are lack of collaboration opportunities to prove they also have strong works, so I think it is a great platform, and hope there will have more collaborations coming up.




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Tumblr: Yu-Ming Huang Illustration

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