Taking each day as it comes, relaxing, drawing and getting paid with Mark Wang
Mark’s colourful, sun kissed illustrations rock this world! Read more about his workspace below
Interview by Hugo Ross
Illustration by Mark Wang
Jul 17, 2019
VM: What is new?
MW: Nothing much. What’s new with you? But for real I just bought a hand vacuum and I’m excited by prospect of not having to sweeping. I got options now! Very convent. Very cheap.
I’m also just finishing up a handful of larger projects, so I’ll have time to get back to my personal projects.
VM: Home accessories are the best. Been looking into a hand steamer for a while now!
How do you seek inspiration and how do you document it?
MW: I try not to seek inspiration too much, but when something looks cool I’ll definitely take a picture or make some sort of note of it somewhere. If it sticks it sticks, and don’t fret the small stuff….I buy books that I like and I read them.
VM: What daily struggles do you have to overcome, working Freelance or on your own?
MW: Planning. I’m still hit all my immediate deadlines. I just don’t have any long terms plans. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years? In 10 years? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ My career as a freelancer is still relatively early, and I honestly have a hard time telling what shape my career will take. Impulse and honesty have driven a lot of my life’s decisions for better and worse. I just want to draw and have fun doing so. I will address all problems hampering this desire when and if they come up.
VM: It’s nice to hear someone be so honest and stoic; take each day as it comes! Are you particularly interested in any sub-cultures or genres and if so how do these play into your working practise.
MW: I’ve been in a teenage daze since ’05 and I still think ska is cool. At times I can be a somber and sedate dude, so it’s nice to pretend I’m still angry at things. Some people say you can’t sustain a life on break up songs and rom-coms, but I like to prove them wrong.
VM: How do you overcome remedy writers/designers block - (hobbies, sports or activities?)
MW: I don’t really have any specific activities, as long as I’m creating distance. Art-wise I trust my intuition and my training to get at least 75% of the way there in terms of creating a functioning illustration. I can draw, it’s just sometimes it takes a little while to see what I’m drawing. Successful concepts tend to linger, and a striking composition looks good no matter how long it’s been.
VM: Talk us through your perfect working day.
Here is a general break down of an average day.
11am-1pm Check emails, social media, and other updates.
2pm-4pm If there is anything that needs to be written or if I need to produce sketches it is usually done then. Otherwise I’m just drawing.
5pm-6pm Break time
8pm-3am is when the bulk of my work gets done.
If I can I would love to be able to work on whatever whenever. I have been resisting a strict schedule for most of my career. As long as I’m able to hit my deadlines. I love the ability to insert a 3 hour long walk in the middle of the day for no reason. No kings...no rules...everything is just right.
VM: Who is your dream client and why?
Well paying ones. I’m interested as long as I get to draw and the money is good. I want that James Jean x Parada money that let him “quit” illustration and gave him the opportunity to just paint for a few years. I mean the real answer is that I want to do work for me. I want to find time to dive deeper into personal work. Work with some real growth and joy. I’ve been slowly planning out a comic over the past year, and assembling a children’s book pitch.
That being said if there are any bands that need some cover art or any music festivals that wants to buy my drawing; I am so down.
VM: Thanks for taking the time Mark - keep on keeping on :-)