We had the good fortune of connecting with Yujie Huang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Yujie, how do you think about risk?
Risk-taking plays an essential role in my life. There are only two ways to improve myself in terms of creativity, drawing, and painting skills. One is continuous practicing; the other one is risk-taking. Constant practicing allows me to improve my skills slowly and stably. On the other hand, risk-taking brings me significant and unexpected improvement. The most considerable risk I have ever taken is choosing to learn illustration in a foreign country when I was 18. this decision changed my life; I have become a much more mature and skillful artist and person now. As an illustrator or painter, changing the medium or the logic of painting is also risky, especially when I can create high-level images with a specific medium. However, I always feel a new world open for me after doing works that I will never show people with new mediums or painting methods. I can create pieces with new styles and apply them to my indicated style and workflow. So I suggest people in creative fields get out of their comfort zones regularly. Still, we also need to calculate the cost of failure. for example, I will not try new mediums in commissions from clients.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an illustrator who also can do graphic design and motion design. My Illustrations focus on storytelling and otherworldly feeling. I love to include textures, colorful lines, and decorative elements in my works, so there is always a graphic feeling in my pieces instead of a super realistic style. My process to be where I am today is not easy but natural. I loved to draw when I was young; I always doodled on my notebook during that time. Then I got professional drawing training in high school; that was the foundation of my work. Then I got into the creative world, studying illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design. During my undergraduate years, I took many elective classes and online courses; that’s How I started taking graphic design and motion works. I think passion is the key to success. You love what you are doing and keep doing it till it becomes a part of your life; you will be at the top of this field.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friends visit Savannah for a week, I will invite them to visit River street, Forthsy park, SCAD Museum of Art, and Tybee beach. For food and drinks, I would recommend Flying Monk Noodle Bar, Fox and Fig Cafe, Foxy Loxy Cafe, The public Public Kitchen and Bar, and The Olde Pink House.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First of all, I must shoutout to my parents, who always support me in chasing my dreams. as I mentioned before, I am an international student learning illustration in the US. my parents’ encouragement and support are the main reasons and backing I could make this desoision. Next, I would shoutout to my friends who discuss art, share one another’s life, and hang out with me. that really takes out a lot of pressure and anxiety from me. It’s really important to balance my work and life.