Lisa Perrin and I conducted another interview with an illustrator of our Píccolo Print Project, a campaign we are also running on Kickstarter. This interview first appeared on our Tumblr.
Through the Print Project, Píccolo has had the opportunity to work with 4 talented illustrators. But, who are the people behind the images? We interviewed them in our series, Píccolo Portraits!
Píccolo: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?
Michael C. Hsiung: My name is Michael C. Hsiung and I was born in Chinatown, Los Angeles. I wasn’t always making art for a living – I actually graduated with an English Degree and was working in schools, museums, and even at a background investigation company before even thinking of making art. I’ve been really lucky to have had such a nice run so far, and I attribute it to my facial hair.
P: What was the inspiration behind your piece for the Píccolo Print Project?
MCH: My love of the circus and performers (clowns/muscle men/stiltwalkers) was the inspiration behind the Piccolo piece.
P: What are your favorite techniques/mediums to use when you create your work?
MCH: My favorite medium would probably be ink, micron pens, and rapidographs, and my favorite technique is patterning with semi circles.
P: Do you think the field of illustration is changing? And if so, how?
MCH: I think the field of illustration is changing as far as I can tell, though not really being an illustrator in the traditional sense, but I think that its easier for artists to get his or her stuff out there now with the various social sites, forums, and community groups.
P: What are your favorite small things in life?