Interview: Jonathan Wong
Mon, 08/04/2008 - 16:59
We've seen some works from depthCore already, a great group of designers. One of them is Jonathan Wong, a great designer living in Ireland. He gently answered a few questions for us, and now we got a great interview for you guys!
1. First of all we would like to thank you for taking the time to provide Abduzeedo with this interview. Please tell us more about your art and design background and what made you become an artist and designer?
You're welcome, Abduzeedo! Anyway, my name is Jonathan Wong. I live in Ireland in a city called Limerick. I've always had a passion for art. Ever since I was young, I would draw and paint a lot. I never really saw it as a possible career for me. It was not until I discovered digital art that I realised that there was a big opportunity in designing. With this realisation, I applied for art college in Limerick and got in. I am currently going into my second year in Graphic Design.
2. Which tools do you usually use? Both "traditional" (pencil, markers...) and digital.
Traditionally. I use a lot. Pencils, paints(acryllics and oils), Pitt Pens, biros etc.. Anything that makes a mark really, I'll try. And digitally, I use a Wacom drawing tablet and a big ol computer.
3. Do you work in a office? What is your routine like? What are your research resources?
I don't work in an office. I freelance from home for the most part. I wake up. Catch up with some friends during the day and then burn the midnight oil with my art at night. For research, obviously the internet is something I use but I also like to read books. Not really if I want to research something for a commission but just to get inspiration for myself for my own personal work.
4. Could you describe for us your typical 'start to finish' workflow when working on a design?
Typical start to finish. It goes from my mind to some paper to my computer. Or sometimes I may just skip the middleman and just go freestyle on the computer. It all depends on my mood.
5. What, for you personally are the pros and cons of being a designer?
Well at the moment, I am a freelance designer so I'll tell you about the pros and cons about that. The cons for me personally is that there is never a steady income. Sometimes you may go through patches where there is not many great offers to take on that you want to pursue further. Deadlines can be very tight at times for clients so that is also a con, though it must be said, tight deadlines come with the territory anyway. However, there are many positives. The fact that you can work at home, that you are your own boss. You also get to freely decide what projects you want to take on as opposed to being an inhouse designer where you have little or no power over what projects you take on.
6. How does your job as an artist and designer influence your life? Do you feel that you see things around you differently for example?
I think as a designer, I feel I have a greater appreciation for design in general. Where some people may take everyday designs for granted, I don't. Designers work in visuals everyday too. We have to work in images, so when I see things that may seem banal to an ordinary personal, I don't see it for what it is but for what it might be.
7. We like to know what artists do in their spare time to get some fun. What do you do? Sports, television, movies?
In my spare times, I love spending time with my girlfriend and my friends. I love football so I'll watch that when it is on. I don't watch television that much because I will normally have whatever TV series I want to watch on my computer. I'm a big movie buff also.
8. What are your favorite 5 websites, and why?
- http://www.depthcore.com - Great people, great art.
- http://www.evokeone.com - Been a member there for quite a while. Still really enjoy being there. A lot of nice artists there too.
- http://www.youtube.com - Who doesn't love youtube?
- http://www.artofwong.com - What is an interview without a shameless plug?
- http:/www.imdb.com - Awesome movie database
(And of course Abduzeedo, an awesome sourse of inpiration and design news!)
9. Once again , thank you very much for the interview. As a final word, do you have any tips for upcoming artists and designers?
You're welcome again! A final word? Hmm, just enjoy what you do and the rest will fall into place.