Camily Tsai, a creative artist currently based in Los Angeles. She was born in Taiwan but spent most of her youth in the USA. By day she works as a designer at Buck Design; while at night she juggles between being an illustrator, a translator, and a karaoke enthusiast.
Camily recently helped JumpFromPaper customized the cartoon bag below.
Camily's design thinking may inspire you. Let's check it out.
Could you please us name your cartoon bag?
Camily: The name of my bag and design is called "More, or less"
What is the core concept/value of your painting?
Camily: The design is inspired by a personal print pattern that I’ve done a while ago, redone with some new shape languages that I’ve been using recently. The white shapes supposed to vaguely spell out the word "more," but you can’t quite find the "e". For me, playing with shapes is all about finding the perfect place between more or less. The expression "more or less" to reflects this ambiguity and middle ground that I really like as well.
Could you please share with people why you want to become an artist?
Camily: As a kid, I drew to escape from reality. But, as an adult, I draw as the mean to process the reality. Making art that is inspired by my surroundings gives me a way to figure things out--kind of like untying a knot in order to retie it, but in a slightly different manner. That being said, I don't think it's just about introspection. I believe that art can also give new perspectives to the viewers as well. That kind of potential draws me in (no pun intended haha) deeply.
What advice would you give to young artists?
Camily: Even during the slowest hour, believe that all the practices, explorations and thoughts that you've done are never in vain. Know that you're amassing the necessary power and tools to get you through when that big opportunity comes by. Also, keep your coffee close--but not too close!
Would you like to share with our fans one of your comic illustrations?
Camily: This is a comic interpretation of an excerpt in Haruki Murakami's novel "South of the Border, East of the Sun" where the narrator ponders about the woman he loves.