Yifan Wu Illustrator Interview

Yifan Wu

View Portfolio

Can you recall the first time you realized you were going to be an illustrator? What were your earliest impressions?
That was after I graduated from college when I found that I don’t want to go to an interior design firm after a week’s internship. I decided to learn another major abroad, so as to escape from the reality where you don’t know what to do with your life. Eventually, it is those little impulses making me choosing this career.

Why did you choose illustration as your life’s work instead of, for example, filmmaking, law, or even medicine?
I guess that’s the only thing that I enjoy while I am good at while it pays the bill.

Did you study art in school?
I studied illustration practice at Maryland Institute College of Art.

Where does your inspiration come from; your impulse to make art? Do you have a source for your ideas?
Most inspiration comes from conversations with other great minds. The impulse comes when I really want to share my own view with the world. Having a life and doing different things help create new ideas.

How would you describe the process of creating art?
It is easier when you are full of ideas and motivations, other time it is torturing and tearing you apart. A good idea can come while I am in the process of working, so I don’t worry too much about not having ideas. But the execution is the most difficult part, especially if you are making your own animation.

Do you have a favorite artist? What is it about that artist’s work you like?
Roland Tapor. He is a sharp social commentator. His work is insightful, thought-provoking and has a sense of dark humor.

If you could do something else, other than creating art, what would it be?
A dancer, but I’m not sure that would actually work.

Do you have a favorite artist supply, a favorite method, or favorite location, where you like to create artwork?
I loving making art in a studio sitting in nature with ample light. Right now it’s just me working lonely in my home studio. I want to work with people or even animals.

If you could give a viewer clues to understanding your art, what would you say?
It has an undertone of philosophical thinking and makes comments on society.

Why does art matter to you? Why might it matter to the world?
It’s the ultimate tunnel for self-expression. It makes the world less unbearable and prompts people to think.

If you could look back or forward 100 years, do you think the life of an artist was or will be better than today?
The life of everyone will be better than today 100 years later, so will the life of an artist.