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What is your specialty, what makes your work unique? Or place your artist's statement.

In my work, I explore the translation of issues into approachable, simple, and lovable illustrations that pack a ton of personality and can be enjoyed by all members of society. I am keen on working out the smaller details that help capture and represent the core feelings of common experiences and atmospheres. This makes the fictional characters I create, who typically engage in everyday life activities, feel very relatable and personal to many of us. But don't be fooled, while most of my work has a gentle and humorous lining, they often come with a serious attitude towards society.

What are your ambitions? What do you want to be in five years?

Although I would like to remain open to opportunities in terms of work and direction, I feel that my ambition lies with setting up my own company along with a wide variety of illustrated products. I currently have an online store where I sell illustrated products, which is seeing a steady increase of customers along with the occasional custom requests (including tattoos!), and for the upcoming year it would be great to focus my time and energy on further growing this. In 5 years my goal is to expand this into a brand that is recognizable enough to draw customers to my own website (company). I know this is perhaps a somewhat lofty goal, and will include substantial more effort on the management and promotion side of things, but if there is anything that I wish to have achieved in 5 years, it must be this. Aside from the cards that I am selling now, I would love to include other items such as bags, clothing, ceramics and stationary.

What is the most important thing you have learned during your studies?

I feel that I've grown to be a much better illustrator during my study at the HKU, in part through the many experiences that nudged me outside of my comfort zone as well as all the things that I probably wouldn't have tried or considered before, including various new techniques such as silkscreen printing. I also learned that there are so many different ways to work with illustrations, and that the field is much bigger than I initially realized. But one of the most important things I developed over the years is my critical thinking ability. I used to often draw things without giving it too much thought, but I now notice that I frequently question myself "why do I make this, and for who? And what is the best way to make this? Is what I think or believe correct?". I remember that I had a tough time reflecting on my work and finding appropriate responses to these questions when I started my study, whereas now addressing these questions seem to come more naturally as part of the process.