By Yue Lynn 

Glad to have you back with us for The Level’s Artist Spotlight’s third installment! For this interview, we have Kendrick Ng aka Kendylife with us!

Describe yourself briefly so that readers get to learn more about you and how awesome you are!

I’m a double degree holder, one in Science (Information Technology) and another in arts (Multimedia, Digital Media), a Sino-Kadazan from Tenom, Sabah, Borneo, a self-taught doodle and comic artist. Skills-wise, I have an extensive profile, ranging from photography to Digital Marketing. I have also won several awards for my works which extends throughout the APAC region and have conducted workshops and given talks in different states locally and other countries like Australia, Singapore and many other places. On top of that, my works have been featured in many media including Mashable, SGAG, SAYS.my, Vulcan post, New Straits Times, Marketing Interactive Singapore and many more!

What do you do for a living? Also, are you an artist full time/part-time/freelance or etc.?

I’m a part-time/freelance artist. Under the brand name #Kendylife, I usually do or create my artworks on the go or when I’m on a break. Besides that, I am currently the Chief Business Development officer and a member of the management team at SocialGrooves.com.

How did you start out in the local art/comic scene and how long have you been in the local art/comic scene?

Since young, I loved to walk with a sketching pen inside my bag and everywhere I go, I doodle. It was just a hobby for me since I was still studying. After graduation, I noticed there were more doodle and comic requests coming in and I started to be actively involved in the ACG (Anime, Cosplay/Comic, Games) scene. When #kendylife reached its peak point, Facebook surprised me by honouring me a verified account! But due to my full-time job back then, I was forced to be on hiatus for almost 2 years. Since then, I’ve contemplated on changing my career path. However, being a beginner at that time doesn’t give you the privilege of changing your career without being concerned about your income. But on 2015, I took the leap of faith and switched to the agency line which focuses on content creation, building communities and digital branding. My reason is simple, to improve my knowledge in digital branding, building communities and assist clients with my work.

What are the tools you use to draw, and how would you describe your art style?

As a doodle and comic artist, I use both traditional and digital as my tools. If I work for a client or draw webcomics, I would use digital as my tool. For traditional, I use mostly ink pens and my favourite is uni PIN fine line.

As for style, people usually associate me with Chibi doodles. In my doodles, I usually combine tribal and abstract arts with my kendylife characters, thus making my work unique. For comics, I use my own characters to draw short comics that represents the daily dose of life.

Have you ever wanted to experiment with any particular form of art or story in your comics/works?

Well, I have an official fan group, a place where I experiment my comics and doodles with the audience. For me, my fans/readers/audience are the key to improve my understanding of my comics. So, this kind of thing has always been the foundation for my next doodle or comic project.

What is your inspiration/muse when it comes to your art?

I love making people smile and I noticed that the more I doodle/design, the more people will smile. I am in fact proud to be able to work in the creative field and give back to the society and community. Besides that, I love to build communities which involves collaborating with different artists to ‘make a masterpiece’. I do that by participating in events such as Animangaki, Comic Fiesta, VAX and personally inviting the artists to draw their characters into one whole artwork. And this fuels  my inspiration to do more art.

Who has been the biggest influence on you from outside the comic/art community?

It will be Albert Einstein as his quotes always made my day. Although a physicist himself, without imagination, he can’t be what he is ‘today’. His ‘never give up energy’ is one of the sources of my motivation.

How do you keep your creative side from depleting and how do you recharge?

This might be a tricky question when it comes to me, because as one of the members of a company’s top management, you probably think that I’m a busy bee. But to me, being creative in my full-time job is the key and goal in retaining my creative juice. To me, focus on work and then while you are resting, most of us might have the habit of doodling on your note books; well, I am one of them! For me, I will quickly jot down any comic or doodle ideas so I won’t forget them. This process takes time, but in the long run, you will enjoy it because you are balancing both work and creativity. From time to time, I will travel to different places or take an overseas trip simply to learn new things and be inspired. That is something I personally call “my super recharge mode.”

Describe your typical day of work.

Work? What work? Hahaha! Well, the truth is, to me every day comes with a set of challenges and interesting topics to solve. It is essential to be optimistic and be positive every time so that my creative juice won’t be affected :).

What do you think can be improved in the local art/comics scene? Additionally, where do you see the local comics/art industry headed?

As a community builder, I can see that our country is improving in certain aspects and we have more artists joining the creative scene, thus helping the economy grow. But I do believe in our local scene that if we do more of this and collaborate with each other, the scene will improve by itself and the community will flourish.

What was your most favourite project to work on?

One of my proud achievements till date is the honour to work with Malaysia Airports on the Toilet Series. The idea of igniting public awareness on airport toilets was brainstormed together with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and my digital agency SocialGrooves.com, where I am both the resident artist and partner.

What is the most memorable fan encounter you had?

To be frank, I didn’t believe I have such fans but to me one of the most memorable one was when a group of fans from Philippines and Japan who visited Malaysia simply to buy my zine!

What is your artistic/art pet peeve?

My pet peeve would be me being overly tired due to my full-time work while at the same time, yet I want to complete my comic or doodle because I have the inspiration to complete it!  It annoys me as I stubbornly don’t want to delay my artwork! But I’m learning to control that by understanding how to balance my schedule.

What advice would you give newcomers to the scene?

All you need are three words: creativity, passion and perseverance. As what Albert Einstein said, “try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.” The society today is moving fast, especially with the introduction of social media. My advice is to create your artwork with passion, never give up and don’t begin anything with the intention of gaining profit because you need perseverance to improve your skills so the society will understand your value as an artist. Here’s a bonus to all newcomers, being one of Malaysia’s only verified accounts in the category of comic and doodle artist, I wish to meet all of you and I wish to promote you through my channel as my dream is to create a community which supports each other in their own skills. Looking forward to meeting you, and let’s collaborate!

To see more of Kendylife’s work and connect with him, you can follow his works on the following pages: Facebook and his fan club page, Twitter, Instagram and DeviantArt.

Note: All photos are courtesy of Kendrick Ng.

Want to read more artist spotlights? Click here to read Arif’s Spotlight!

If you’re an artist and you want a chance to be featured on The Level, feel free to drop us an email (editor@thelevel.my). We don’t bite!

 

By Yue Lynn 

Glad to have you back with us for The Level’s Artist Spotlight’s third installment! For this interview, we have Kendrick Ng aka Kendylife with us!

Describe yourself briefly so that readers get to learn more about you and how awesome you are!

I’m a double degree holder, one in Science (Information Technology) and another in arts (Multimedia, Digital Media), a Sino-Kadazan from Tenom, Sabah, Borneo, a self-taught doodle and comic artist. Skills-wise, I have an extensive profile, ranging from photography to Digital Marketing. I have also won several awards for my works which extends throughout the APAC region and have conducted workshops and given talks in different states locally and other countries like Australia, Singapore and many other places. On top of that, my works have been featured in many media including Mashable, SGAG, SAYS.my, Vulcan post, New Straits Times, Marketing Interactive Singapore and many more!

What do you do for a living? Also, are you an artist full time/part-time/freelance or etc.?

I’m a part-time/freelance artist. Under the brand name #Kendylife, I usually do or create my artworks on the go or when I’m on a break. Besides that, I am currently the Chief Business Development officer and a member of the management team at SocialGrooves.com.

How did you start out in the local art/comic scene and how long have you been in the local art/comic scene?

Since young, I loved to walk with a sketching pen inside my bag and everywhere I go, I doodle. It was just a hobby for me since I was still studying. After graduation, I noticed there were more doodle and comic requests coming in and I started to be actively involved in the ACG (Anime, Cosplay/Comic, Games) scene. When #kendylife reached its peak point, Facebook surprised me by honouring me a verified account! But due to my full-time job back then, I was forced to be on hiatus for almost 2 years. Since then, I’ve contemplated on changing my career path. However, being a beginner at that time doesn’t give you the privilege of changing your career without being concerned about your income. But on 2015, I took the leap of faith and switched to the agency line which focuses on content creation, building communities and digital branding. My reason is simple, to improve my knowledge in digital branding, building communities and assist clients with my work.

What are the tools you use to draw, and how would you describe your art style?

As a doodle and comic artist, I use both traditional and digital as my tools. If I work for a client or draw webcomics, I would use digital as my tool. For traditional, I use mostly ink pens and my favourite is uni PIN fine line.

As for style, people usually associate me with Chibi doodles. In my doodles, I usually combine tribal and abstract arts with my kendylife characters, thus making my work unique. For comics, I use my own characters to draw short comics that represents the daily dose of life.

Have you ever wanted to experiment with any particular form of art or story in your comics/works?

Well, I have an official fan group, a place where I experiment my comics and doodles with the audience. For me, my fans/readers/audience are the key to improve my understanding of my comics. So, this kind of thing has always been the foundation for my next doodle or comic project.

What is your inspiration/muse when it comes to your art?

I love making people smile and I noticed that the more I doodle/design, the more people will smile. I am in fact proud to be able to work in the creative field and give back to the society and community. Besides that, I love to build communities which involves collaborating with different artists to ‘make a masterpiece’. I do that by participating in events such as Animangaki, Comic Fiesta, VAX and personally inviting the artists to draw their characters into one whole artwork. And this fuels  my inspiration to do more art.

Who has been the biggest influence on you from outside the comic/art community?

It will be Albert Einstein as his quotes always made my day. Although a physicist himself, without imagination, he can’t be what he is ‘today’. His ‘never give up energy’ is one of the sources of my motivation.

How do you keep your creative side from depleting and how do you recharge?

This might be a tricky question when it comes to me, because as one of the members of a company’s top management, you probably think that I’m a busy bee. But to me, being creative in my full-time job is the key and goal in retaining my creative juice. To me, focus on work and then while you are resting, most of us might have the habit of doodling on your note books; well, I am one of them! For me, I will quickly jot down any comic or doodle ideas so I won’t forget them. This process takes time, but in the long run, you will enjoy it because you are balancing both work and creativity. From time to time, I will travel to different places or take an overseas trip simply to learn new things and be inspired. That is something I personally call “my super recharge mode.”

Describe your typical day of work.

Work? What work? Hahaha! Well, the truth is, to me every day comes with a set of challenges and interesting topics to solve. It is essential to be optimistic and be positive every time so that my creative juice won’t be affected :).

What do you think can be improved in the local art/comics scene? Additionally, where do you see the local comics/art industry headed?

As a community builder, I can see that our country is improving in certain aspects and we have more artists joining the creative scene, thus helping the economy grow. But I do believe in our local scene that if we do more of this and collaborate with each other, the scene will improve by itself and the community will flourish.

What was your most favourite project to work on?

One of my proud achievements till date is the honour to work with Malaysia Airports on the Toilet Series. The idea of igniting public awareness on airport toilets was brainstormed together with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad and my digital agency SocialGrooves.com, where I am both the resident artist and partner.

What is the most memorable fan encounter you had?

To be frank, I didn’t believe I have such fans but to me one of the most memorable one was when a group of fans from Philippines and Japan who visited Malaysia simply to buy my zine!

What is your artistic/art pet peeve?

My pet peeve would be me being overly tired due to my full-time work while at the same time, yet I want to complete my comic or doodle because I have the inspiration to complete it!  It annoys me as I stubbornly don’t want to delay my artwork! But I’m learning to control that by understanding how to balance my schedule.

What advice would you give newcomers to the scene?

All you need are three words: creativity, passion and perseverance. As what Albert Einstein said, “try to become not a man of success, but try rather to become a man of value.” The society today is moving fast, especially with the introduction of social media. My advice is to create your artwork with passion, never give up and don’t begin anything with the intention of gaining profit because you need perseverance to improve your skills so the society will understand your value as an artist. Here’s a bonus to all newcomers, being one of Malaysia’s only verified accounts in the category of comic and doodle artist, I wish to meet all of you and I wish to promote you through my channel as my dream is to create a community which supports each other in their own skills. Looking forward to meeting you, and let’s collaborate!

To see more of Kendylife’s work and connect with him, you can follow his works on the following pages: Facebook and his fan club page, Twitter, Instagram and DeviantArt.

Note: All photos are courtesy of Kendrick Ng.

Want to read more artist spotlights? Click here to read Arif’s Spotlight!

If you’re an artist and you want a chance to be featured on The Level, feel free to drop us an email (editor@thelevel.my). We don’t bite!