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Words to describe Hsiao-Ron Cheng’s paintings: dainty, pretty, kinda weird, friggin’ cool. The Taipei-based artist uses a muted palette to create imagery that you’d probably find in your dreams on a night when you’ve eaten too much cheese, but whether it’s children sporting cupcake heads or giant flower-faced felines, we think her work is pretty ace. Here’s what Hsiao-Ron has to say about her art.
What is your name and how old are you? My name is Hsiao-Ron Cheng and I’m 27 years old.
Where were you born and where do you live now? I’ve been living in Taipei, Taiwan since the day I was born.
How did you get started with this medium? When I first saw a Wacom tablet on my boyfriend’s table, I played with it a bit due to curiosity and immediately fell in love with digital tools. It’s something I knew right away. Some artists are better with pencils, some are better with brushes, and I’m good at digital tools. You just know it.
Please describe the space where you do most of your creation – whether it’s your art studio or kitchen bench! Everything happens while I’m sitting in front of my computer in my current studio/room. Nothing cute or special!
What makes your work unique and truly your own? I believe everyone is unique and special, but you need constant practice to discover your own voice. I just happen to be the lucky (selfish) one, who disregards the opinions of beauty and style by most people around me, and never really cares about what kind of person they think I should be.
Tell us a little about your creative process. I always start a piece digitally from beginning to end. I usually get inspired by numerous images and articles, and when I find something interesting I’ll start to bring the ideas into my work by doodling. Most of my personal works are half experimental. I’m always trying to explore more possibilities in my illustration skills, style or ideas so I’m able to contribute the specialness back to my clients.
Bjorn Hansen has worked within the photography industry for over four decades. During the early years as a photographer, he was employed by a newspaper within his hometown and had also taught photography in evening classes, whilst also working with portraits, fashion shows and other events. During these formative years as photographer, he recognised and appreciated the power of an image and the story it was able to convey.
This had led him to experiment with the merging of images into a single, synthesised composition.