I’m happy to present my featured artist for July 2013 – also my first featured artist for my site – Xu Wei Huai.
First of all, I really have to thank Wei for giving me the chance to interview him as my 1st featured artist in my website. Thanks again Wei!
As someone who had always been a big fan of him, I took the chance of interviewing him and I’m happy that he happily agreed. I’m really thankful to him because despite his busy schedule, he was able to make room for my interview. Now is my chance to finally ask him questions I’ve wanted to ask him and probably his other fans too.
One of the things I always wanted to ask you is when did all this started? When did you start drawing? And at that exact moment, did you immediately feel that it’s the path that you want to pursue in your life?
Well…. I have been drawing since I was a kid but I stopped for a very long time. It was around September 2011 (somewhere around that time) when I bought an Intuos 4 and started drawing again. I never expected that you’re also someone who stopped drawing for a long time. I also experienced that before and it’s really hard to go back to the level I was before. But you, your works are awesome!
So now that you’re back on track, more of, you’re actually killing it, how long does it take you to work on an artwork (3D&Digipaint), plus the conceptualizing?
In the past, I used to work for like 4 to 5 days on one artwork. Sometimes, even for weeks. Thanks to my non-stop practice and hard work, nowadays, I can pretty much create an artwork within a day. Wow! That sure is a huge improvement. I bet that really took a lot of hard work. For me, it’s really all about working fast and producing good quality work at the same time. ☺
I’ve seen a lot of your artworks and I have to say you really have a lot of different styles. You seem to have a wide range of inspiration. If you don’t mind, would you like to share where you get your inspiration? And how do you keep it flowing especially there is really a tendency that you could lose your inspiration from time to time? Or maybe you don’t? Haha!
I don’t really lose inspiration but I do get lazy XD I guess that’s one of our worst enemies. Haha! Art is so broad and fun! It’s more of like you pretty much have too much inspiration that you don’t have enough time to bring them to live. Haha! Bring them to live? Like to illustrate/draw them out on paper/digital haha! And also, I get inspiration from many things like classic paintings, movies, music and cool story. So I was right! You really have a wide range of inspiration. Yeah, actually I get my inspiration from almost everything XD
So besides doing 3D and digital painting, is there any other art field that you’re interested in? Or any other things you’re interested in?
I do love photography and traditional art. And of course, I also spend a lot of time playing games XD I also like to play a lot of games but we’re probably not playing the same games. Recently, I’ve been hooked to Starcraft 2. Ok I take back what I said. Haha! I’ve been a fan of Starcraft but I haven’t tried playing Starcraft 2. I’m more of an oldies who stick to Starcraft 1 Haha! Starcraft 2 is definitely better. Besides, this is also the industry that I want to work in, in the future. ☺
You even love photography too? You sure are a multi-talented guy! For someone who’s as talented as you are, you probably had participated in any kinds of competition or exhibit? If you did, what are these competitions and exhibits?
Unfortunately no. I haven’t participated in any competition or exhibit. Like what I said, I started doing this last September 2011. Think about it. It’s not even 2 years lol. I still have a long way to go before I would think that I’m good enough to compete in any competition. Maybe after 2 more years ☺ I’ll definitely be looking forward to that.
As someone who’s also an artist, I tend to get stressed and frustrated whenever I don’t get the result I have in mind. Do you get to feel the same too?
Actually, I feel stressed all the time. Especially whenever I see younger artist that are super good! Grrrr! But they also become a motivation for me. It only means I have to spend more time and work harder in order to catch up with the younger artists. What do you normally do whenever you feel stressed? Like for me, I would stop working on the artwork then I’ll relax while listening to music. How about you? Do you have some kind of routine of your own? Sometimes when I really don’t feel like doing art, I just play a bit of games.
When it comes to your artworks, is there any specific areas you need improvements or you’re planning to spend more time working on?
THERE’S SO MANY! I don’t even know where to start hahaha! Pretty much all the foundation basics, anatomy, perspective, machinery etc. lol
I bet your fans and co-artists are looking forward to your future works. Do you have any works you’re working on or any works you’re planning to release soon? Do you mind giving me an idea what it is about?
As of now, I’m doing a daily sketch project, which you probably noticed. Yeah. I’ve been seeing your recent posts in your Facebook. I still can’t believe that it only took you few hours on working on those artworks. That’s pretty much what I’ve been doing recently. It’s just me doing a sketch everyday and posting them on Facebook (but been skipping a lot of days too lol) And yeah, soon I’ll start doing a lot of environments paintings. This is something new. I haven’t seen any of your environment paintings. All of us would really love to see all your future artworks.
Of course! We both know that I’m not your only fan. Any message or words of wisdom you want to share to your fans and co-artists? You’ll never know your words could actually change someone’s life and inspire them and make them strive more towards their goals.
Never give up. It’s all about working hard and dedication. Maybe some time in the future, I’ll post a comparison of an art of mine from 2011 and now lol. That would be great! I bet everyone would love to see it. It would be great to see how much you’ve improved through the years. You’ll see how shitty my old work was back then XD Don’t say that, all of us went through the same stage.
Once again thank you for giving me this chance of interviewing you. Thank you. Thank you for interviewing me. It’s such a fun and amazing interview. I really learned a lot from you. Hope you had a great time too. Yes, I did! ☺
Here are some of his artworks.
My personal favorite artwork from him.
If you want to know more about Wei and his artworks, you could simply add his Facebook account. He even told me that he encourage his fellow artist to add him and don’t hesitate to ask him any question as long as it’s art related. ☺ He always loves to share his knowledge with everyone and also, he loves to learn from other people too. Don’t hesitate to add him, he’s a really nice guy and approachable too! If you don’t know me personally, then take my word for it. ☺