Artist Spotlight: Yating Sun Interview
Where are you from originally? Where are you located now?
I am from China, mainland city called Qingdao. Now I am located at Los Angeles, California.
Could you give us a brief overview of your art background?
I have liked to draw since I was a kid, and the professional training for my artistic skills comes from high school. I went to an art high school and learned some very basic rules of drawing and painting, then I studied design in my undergraduate school. I came to the US for graduate school for my studies in major visual development. Now I am in game industry.
In one of my part time jobs, I had to render a character to completion. It’s really a process in which other people can help you to find your faults and help you correct them. Especially after you stare at an image for a long time, it is very important to let other people help you to find where you need to improve. I don’t think it is an artistic skill necessarily, but a very important skill to know.
Has working with GDG inspired you creatively?
Our GDG group has so many talented artists, each one of them. Their drawings really inspire me.
How would you describe your style?
Colorful and weird.
Do you have a preference between working with digital or traditional methods? Could you give a couple reasons why?
I prefer to work traditionally, it’s more about what you can touch and feel, and it is better for archival purposes than digital.
Are there any artistic disciplines that you have a passion for?
I want to try more fashion design and sculpture … I have a passion for all things related to art.
Is there a type of art that you’ve always wanted to learn?
Based on your professional experiences, do you have any advice for aspiring young women artists?
Find out who you are, and stick with it, and your art will naturally come out.