我想自小時候起，畫畫已經是我的終生志業，但如果要說的話，我會說五年前是真正的轉捩點，插畫突然變成了我的現實（Suddenly became me），我的全部工作就只有插畫，而這也是我想要的。我全力投入在畫插畫，因為我認為持續的練習就是我現在要做的事。我還有很長的路要走，而我仍然處於旅程的開始階段。
我經常在 YouTube 上聽串流音樂，就是會播放環境音樂（Atmospheric music）的那種。 我喜歡沒有歌詞、可以創造一種讓你把自己敘述融入氛圍的那種音樂。通常有許多 Trip-Hop、Electric 和 Jazzy 的混音，那取決於我的心情。有時候我會轉聽我喜歡的 Motown Classics 或者像T. Rex、Dire Straits 和 Queen 這樣的七十年代搖滾樂隊。
我最欣賞金政基(Kim Jung Gi)，他是我見過最多產、最熱情、最敬業的藝術家！ 真正的大師。Kim Jung Gi ｜https://www.instagram.com/kimjunggius/
Storyteller and Illustrator：Nic Mac｜https://www.instagram.com/nicmacillustration
1.How long have you been drawing? Beside illustration, do you work on other projects?
At the moment most of my other projects still revolve around illustration in some way apart from writing, which is predominantly a hobby of mine, though I have been slowly incorporating it within my work, such as a series of poetic Zines I’m working on that explore mental health.
As with, how long I’ve been drawing, it’s been a life-long vocation since I was a kid. Though I would say, that 5 years ago was the real turning point where illustration, suddenly became me. It was all that I was doing and was all I wanted to do. I had fully committed myself to practicing, as I think that that is all it is, practice. I’ve a long way to go and I’m still very much at the beginning of that journey.
2.Try to describe your illustration style?
I’m glad you used the word “try” as it’s never easy. To be honest I think I have always kept the word “style” as far away from my vocabulary as possible as I never really want to pigeonhole myself. So I like to experiment a lot and break out of any routine I may find myself in.
Predominantly a lot of my work is very digital and colourful, but I will vary it up, from the heavy black and white ink drawings, to softer illustrations with delicate gradients because I enjoy the freedom of dancing between styles and keeping the door open for new ventures that might inspire me. I feel style shouldn’t be set in stone, and rather be allowed to walk a path where it’s free to evolve and change….y’know?.
3.What is your typical day like?
I work from home so I am fortunate to have the freedom of when and sometimes where I work. Though mostly it’s me at my desk drawing at varying hours of the day. I enjoy working outside when I can and so when I’m in the planning stages of a commission I take the opportunity to work outside somewhere with my sketchbook like in a local coffee shop or art gallery.
4.Where do you get your inspiration?
Everything has the capacity with in it to spark something, so I couldn’t single it out into a certain topic or theme, but I would say the real inspiration comes from the simple act of ‘Thinking’. Thinking about something that has caught your attention for whatever reason and when you start to playing with it in your mind, and letting it stay there while your thoughts quietly interact with it…and as long as there’s curiosity there, keeping it held up to the forefront of your mind, more and more ideas inevitably attach themselves, like a snowball effect that turns simple observations into interesting thoughts, and interesting thoughts into, hopefully, interesting ideas!
5.What kind of food do you like the most?
That’s a very hard question, though I would say most of my favourite foods are from Asian cuisines, such as curries/sushi/pho/stir fries etc, anything with Rice Noodles and lots of soya sauce will always win me over.
6. What kind of music do you listen to when you draw?
I play a lot of the live music streams on YouTube. That play atmospheric music. I like stuff without lyrics that just create a vibe that you can put your own narrative into. A lot of Trip-Hop, Electric and Jazzy mixes usually. Depends on my mood. Sometimes I’ll switch it up with some favourite Motown classics or 70’s rock bands like T Rex, Dire Straits and Queen.
7. Tell us a story/ experience that is most memorable to you
Getting into an Art School that my teacher said I wouldn’t be able to get into. The day I got in and told them of that news was one of the best moments of my life. Their face that day will forever be memorable!
8. If you have an airline/ ferry ticket, where would you like to go?
Sydney Australia, there is a lot of illustrators down there that like to meet and maybe even
9. What kind of animal you would like to become in your next life?
An octopus, that can completely camouflage into its surroundings! I’d pick a good hiding spot
and observe the magic of the deep! Also I feel that swimming around down there would be so freeing, almost like flying.
10. Which illustrator do you admire/despise the most?
I admire Kim Jung Gi the most, hands down one of the most prolific, passionate and
dedicated artists I’ve seen! A true master.
Image source: https://www.instagram.com/nicmacillustration/