An artist’s life intersects with the world of pens. A simple scribble leads to a bigger picture. You keep writing random notes and making doodles at the back of your book without ever realizing you’re just about to create your first masterpiece. As long as you keep it hanging on your wall and let others see it.
The Designer Wall got a chance to interview an illustrator on the rise from Kuala Lumpur, Vince Low, whose style illustrates the distinct nature of random doodles and scribbles that metamorphose to completely nonrandom illustrations. He shares with us his insights on how an artist can achieve success and how important it is to show his works to the world and not keep it underneath the bed sheets.
TDW: Welcome to The Designer Wall! Thank you so much for joining us for this interview! Please introduce yourself.
Vince: I’m Vince Low. Low Sun Wing is my Chinese name and I’m from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.
TDW: Could you tell us how you got started in the field of illustrations?
Vince:I always wanted to be an illustrator after I graduated with a diploma in Illustration from The One Academy. But I couldn’t get one until five years ago when my current company, Grey Kuala Lumpur, wanted to set up an Illustration Department. In the beginning, our department was only doing key visual and story board. I find it boring and I started to draw many other interesting illustrations and stick them on my wall until one day, one of the many art directors saw my work and collaborated with me to do a campaign and it won some awards in some international advertising award shows. Since then, my work keeps getting more interesting as I explore more in other illustrations for advertising.
TDW: There are many people who probably had the same beginnings as you did but some would always think that illustration is not an easy field to be in, but for you, what pushed you to take the path to become an artist?
Vince:A very interesting question. As I have many other illustrator friends having the same problem, I think the biggest enemy is still yourself. To me, a successful illustration is how other people see it and not only in the joy you are having in your drawing. If a work of mine gets 6 out of 10 people to understand and love them, I consider it a successful one. Let the work speak itself. To do this, you must first love your work. Ask yourself “Will I be proud to hang this new piece on my wall for everyone to see?” every time you finish an illustration. I find many other people who just keep it under their bed after simply doing it. If you don’t respect yourself, others will not.
“I think the biggest enemy is still yourself.”
TDW: What do you like best about being an illustrator?
Vince:I love to make all my imagination into a piece of paper. I love to express myself in a different way. The most unforgettable moment is when I simply drew a character on a white board and it was a priceless moment that touched these orphans in. A drawing can give you something money can’t buy.
TDW: Your style is very unique and if someone sees your works for the first time they’d be jaw-dropped and out of words just like us before. Please share with us how this style of yours came about and what is it in your every illustration that makes it Vince Low’s.
Vince: It started from my Dyslexia campaign in Malaysia. My creative director asked me to prove myself as a successful dyslexic person to everyone in that campaign. My intention is to use something that everyone can relate to that even those who doesn’t draw can feel the impact. Scribbling. Scribbling style is not something new I create. I’ve seen it long time ago but just different finishing.
TDW: Every illustration has a story, a meaning. How do you want people to feel when they see your work?
Vince: It’s depend who I want to talk to ;p seriously~
TDW: How does it feel knowing a lot of people who are starting in the same field as you, walking along the same road you have treaded on?
Vince:I think success is never easy. I’m so glad I became a designer then an art director to creative group head until today as an illustrator. Without the design and art direction skill I learned in the past, I will never be what I am today. The more you learn, other than illustration, the greater illustration you can create.
“The more you learn, the greater illustration you can create.”
TDW: What advice can you give these illustrators and new-born artists who are currently building their portfolios?
Vince: It’s hard for us to do what we like in the beginning. ‘Cause we all need money for food and bills. To me, your best time to do what you like is after your work hour or weekend. Illustration is always about exploring and practice. Never keep your work under your bed. Show it to everyone. The more people complain, hate and laugh at you, the more info you get from everyone.
TDW: A personal question, kindly fill this up, “Ten years ago, ________ and ten years from now _____.”
Vince:Ten years ago, I was Designer and ten years from now I will be a person who can change something that it usually needs thousands of people to do it.
TDW: Thank you again for the opportunity to have you with us for an interview, Vince! Are there people you want to say thank you to or do you want to make a shout out to your fans?
Vince:Ermmm… I don’t have anyone I can think of to thank. For the fans, do what you like and like what you do~ Thanks The Designer Wall.
Vince Low is currently preparing for a gallery in Singapore around April next year, a Buddha illustration for Bhutan country and many other advertising illustrations.
To see more of his works, you can visit his portfolios in Behance and Follow him on his Facebook Page.
Lynx Manalo is a 21 year-old writer who has recently started expanding her skills to online content marketing and blogging on graphic design blogs. She has been writing novels, fiction, fan fiction songs and prose, just about anything. Follow her Twitter for her micro blog in 140 characters.