When you come home from a long and tired day, what is more comforting and loving than the presence of your pet?

 

To be able to see their furry little faces, so innocent and full of love for you, anyone would be able to smile.

 

We look through the lens of our next artist collaborator, Min, and pay tribute to our furry companions with the two new covers: Comfort Cat and Dog Chase.

 

Read on to learn more about her colour blocking style, her career change into a full time artist, and more—

 

 

Hello Min, We're excited to have you here! How about a self-introduction to begin the interview?

 

名涵你好,很高興你能抽空回答專訪。在我們開始之前,不如來個自我介紹吧!

 

現居台北的專職插畫家,擅長在可愛的畫面中帶點衝擊的色彩、奇怪的故事。 興趣是吸狗。

 

I’m an illustrator, currently residing in Taipei. My strong suits include colour blocking and bringing out the weird and the curious in what is meant to be a cute artwork.

 

Also, I love dogs!

 

 

The two cover designs you did are adorable! They remind us about the simple joys in everyday life. Tell us about your creative process behind them.

 

你創作的兩幅封面都超級可愛,讓人想起日常生活中和小毛孩的的幸福點滴。可以描述一下這兩幅封面幕後的創作過程嗎?

 

主要是從跟毛孩相處的日常取材,試著擷取那些好氣又好笑的畫面。

 

I mainly found inspiration from my daily interactions with my furry child, and I tried my best to capture those ‘not sure whether to laugh or be mad’ kind of moments.

 

 

What do you wish our users will feel when they get your covers?

 

你希望你創作的封面可以帶給用戶們怎樣的感覺?

 

希望能讓大家一看到就覺得「對對對!我家的貓/狗就是這樣!」有同感並且能會心一笑。

 

I wish everyone, especially those who own pets, find the covers relatable and would think: “Yes! That’s exactly how my cat/dog acts!” upon seeing them.

 

 

We've found that pets or animals are common subjects of your artworks. Why is that?

 

從發現你的插畫帳號開始,我們就很喜歡你描畫人類與毛孩之間的互動。在這麼多繪畫主題當中,你就選擇了動物作為創作對象,為什麼?

 

從小就很喜歡動物,很愛看動物頻道,甚至曾經志願當獸醫,成長過程中也養了各種動物,這些都成為了觀察的對象,也就畫得更得心應手。我也真的很想用圖畫來表現出他們的美與可愛與滑稽的一面,讓大家更認識這些動物。

 

I’ve liked animals since I was young. I loved watching animal channels and even once dreamt of becoming a vet!

 

Growing up, I’ve had many different pets who grew to be subjects I observe a lot, so drawing them came much easier and naturally.

 

I also really wanted to showcase the beautiful, adorable and goofy facets of these animals through my drawings, and let everyone get to know this side of them.

 

The subjects in your artworks have quirky proportions and you seem to have an affinity for colour blocking. Tell us more about your art style.

 

你的插畫大致上都使用衝擊性的色彩搭配和逗趣的構圖。請形容你的個人畫風和影響你的風格的原因。

 

其實我也嘗試過各種風格,最後發現個人實在很粗線條又沒耐心,因此太細緻的畫風不適合,並且我又對配色有很大的興趣,於是就演變成現在這種色塊的風格了。大學時期主要是學平面設計,這也多少影響到我的構圖方式。另外我喜歡作品是有故事性的,因此也常會做一些切割,讓大家自行想像畫面外的場景。

 

I’ve actually tried my hands at many other styles, but I came to realise that I’m a straightforward person with little patience, which is why detailed art styles don’t suit me.

 

This, along with my strong interest in colour combinations, has contributed to the development of my current style.

 

Having studied graphic design in college has also influenced the way I think about composition.

 

Besides, I like artworks that tell stories. That’s why I often crop my illustrations and leave it to the viewer to imagine the rest.

 

 

How would you describe yourself as an artist?

 

身為插畫師,你會如何形容自己?

 

沒什麼煩惱,盡全力後就相信船到橋頭自然直,挺樂天的人吧。(但感覺插畫確實在這種狀態下是最容易有好作品的~)

 

Well, I think I’m a happy-go-lucky person, the sort that doesn’t worry much.

 

I just do my best in everything and believe that everything will work out in the end.

 

(But it surely seems like being in this state enables me to produce good work most easily)

 

 

We’ve read that you’ve become a full-time illustrator in 2020! How do you feel about being able to pursue art as a career?

 

聽說去年(2020年)你開始轉型成為全職畫家,恭喜!能將喜歡的插畫當作謀生方式感覺如何?

 

很開心!從只畫自己的作品到接案嘗試更多題材,覺得成長很多,但同時也感受到工作與創作時間分配上的困難,目前慢慢調適中,不過這應該是所有全職創作者都會遇到的煩惱啦~

 

Very happy! From being able to work on personal projects to receiving new projects of different themes, I feel like I’ve grown a lot.

 

However, at the same time, it’s harder to separate the time between drawing for leisure and for work.

 

I’m slowly trying to adapt, but I guess this is a common hurdle to be faced by all full-time creators.

 

 

Could you share with us your sources of inspiration that might surprise us?

 

生活中的靈感無處不在,請告訴我們一些可能會讓人驚喜的靈感來源。

 

也許是潛意識作祟,常常在睡前或半夜起來上廁所的時候腦中浮現一些畫面,就是非常突然「啪!」一聲蹦出完整的畫面跟顏色,有記得的話我就會畫出來,但滿常沒有記下來隔天醒來就忘記了哈哈。

 

Maybe it’s my subconscious mind messing with me, but I get my inspiration either before bed or during my midnight bathroom detour.

 

It’s often very sudden, like “BAM!” and a complete scene would appear.

 

If I remember it, I’ll draw it out, but it’s quite often that I didn’t note it down and forgot about it by the next day, haha.

 

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring artists out there?

 

對於夢想成為藝術家的後輩們,你有什麼忠告?

 

多畫就對了!Just draw more!

 

 

Trivia question! What is your favourite comic and which character would you be? 

 

最後來個輕鬆一點的問題吧!你最喜歡哪一部動漫?如果任選一選,你會是哪部動畫的哪一位角色?

 

最喜歡「獵人」這部漫畫!想當西索這種很強又變態變態的角色,超帥!

 

I really like Hunter x Hunter! It would be cool to be the character Hisoka who’s incredibly strong but also psychotic!

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Min is an artist based in Taipei, Taiwan and you can find her on Instagram @minminmin_111 and her linktree here.

 

Our new covers, Comfort Cat and Dog Chase are now available for Planners, Notebooks, and Sketchbooks so check them out now!

 

Reminisce your daytime adventures during your nighttime ruminations.

 

We hope you enjoy these covers as much as we do! Remember to tag us with your unboxing clip @mosseryco on Instagram so we can share it!

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