By Yue Lynn

Thanks for sticking around and joining us for our fifth episode of The Level’s Artist Spotlight! For this interview, we have the wonderful Jennifer Teh with us!

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

I am a varied artist who dip my hands in with both traditional and digital medias, and I am also an animator specializing in 2D animation, digitally.

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

I work as an animator by day, and a freelance digital artist by night or during weekends. We all know an artist has to have more than just a full time job in order to sustain a living.

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

Art and animation have always been my childhood interest, I grew more passionate during my teenage years and decided to pursue a career in it. More fortunately, my parents were supportive and they enrolled me into a multimedia course. So after graduating, I just pushed myself through. Nine and a half years later, here I am!

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

Japanese Ink brush pens, Copic markers and Micro Pigma pens for traditional artworks while Adobe Photoshop for digital art. My art style is heavily-influenced by Disney, a bit of Marvel and Toriyama’s proportions as well, since I grew up with their content and learned to mimic their respective visual styles.

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

I’ve always wanted to paint illustration montage art like how Drew Struzan did with his iconic movie posters for George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Other than that, I also wished I could strive and draw like Alex Ross’ semi-realistic comic art for DC Comics; but alas, it’s something I can dream for now and also, practice harder maybe?

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

My family, my boyfriend and sometimes, oddly enough, my work life with my colleagues who are also animators because these people are so animated to the point that they just give me ideas to create something! Other than those, the regular things such as movies, video games and comics do inspire me day to day.

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

If this has nothing to do with the art industry, I guess I would say my boyfriend has so far influenced me the most, as he is a musician and he can relate to most artists’ struggles; so he always motivates me to do better and to strive harder in order to reach my goals.

What do you think can be improved on in the local art/comics/animation scene? And where do you see the local comics/art/animation industry headed?

Our creative content needs to be more compelling with its storytelling quality and also, accompanied with appealing visual aspects. Sometimes I also feel that we need more local support from the audience since Malaysians don’t have much faith in local artists, they end up gloating at contents made by the Westerners and Japanese. We should just take a page from them!

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

I maintain my creative sanity by just playing more quality video games, reading more novels, watching more Netflix shows and of course the most essential of all, drawing frequently. Sometimes when I have the budget and time, I travel around outside Malaysia for inspirations as well.

Describe your typical day of work.

I enter the animation studio and think about solving my daily animation scene, every animation scene is a challenge, based on different projects, characters and styles.

What is the most memorable fan encounter you had?

Those who commissioned me to draw something personal for them and when I’ve finished the sketch; be it their loved one as an animated character or their own persona as the subject. The best thing that could happen is when they are ecstatically happy with the outcome. A happy customer or fan does make an artist happy!

What is your artistic/art pet peeve?

I can’t seem to create abstract art that actually defines a concept effectively, that it could place an impact on someone. No matter how much I try, if anyone could share, please do!

What was your most favourite project to work on?

My previous and more-to-come montage fan art illustration works are always challenging and tedious to produce, but the final look is always very satisfying.

What advice would you give newcomers to the scene?

If you want to do art, make sure you really want this and also be courageous enough to push through it, make sure you don’t stop creating and learning as art is a boundless process. Go draw something!

 

To see more of Jennifer’s work and connect with her, do follow her on the following pages: The Wolf Pack Facebook page, Instagram and DeviantArt!

Note: All photos are courtesy of Jennifer Teh.

Want to read more artist spotlights? Click here to read Rociel’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

Thanks for sticking around and joining us for our fifth episode of The Level’s Artist Spotlight! For this interview, we have the wonderful Jennifer Teh with us!

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

I am a varied artist who dip my hands in with both traditional and digital medias, and I am also an animator specializing in 2D animation, digitally.

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

Japanese Ink brush pens, Copic markers and Micro Pigma pens for traditional artworks while Adobe Photoshop for digital art. My art style is heavily-influenced by Disney, a bit of Marvel and Toriyama’s proportions as well, since I grew up with their content and learned to mimic their respective visual styles.

What do you think can be improved on in the local art/comics/animation scene? And where do you see the local comics/art/animation industry headed?

Our creative content needs to be more compelling with its storytelling quality and also, accompanied with appealing visual aspects. Sometimes I also feel that we need more local support from the audience since Malaysians don’t have much faith in local artists, they end up gloating at contents made by the Westerners and Japanese. We should just take a page from them!

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

I maintain my creative sanity by just playing more quality video games, reading more novels, watching more Netflix shows and of course the most essential of all, drawing frequently. Sometimes when I have the budget and time, I travel around outside Malaysia for inspirations as well.

Describe your typical day of work.

I enter the animation studio and think about solving my daily animation scene, every animation scene is a challenge, based on different projects, characters and styles.

What was your most favourite project to work on?

My previous and more-to-come montage fan art illustration works are always challenging and tedious to produce, but the final look is always very satisfying.

What is the most memorable fan encounter you had?

Those who commissioned me to draw something personal for them and when I’ve finished the sketch; be it their loved one as an animated character or their own persona as the subject. The best thing that could happen is when they are ecstatically happy with the outcome. A happy customer or fan does make an artist happy!

What is your artistic/art pet peeve?

I can’t seem to create abstract art that actually defines a concept effectively, that it could place an impact on someone. No matter how much I try, if anyone could share, please do!

What advice would you give newcomers to the scene?

If you want to do art, make sure you really want this and also be courageous enough to push through it, make sure you don’t stop creating and learning as art is a boundless process. Go draw something!

 

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

I work as an animator by day, and a freelance digital artist by night or during weekends. We all know an artist has to have more than just a full time job in order to sustain a living.

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

Art and animation have always been my childhood interest, I grew more passionate during my teenage years and decided to pursue a career in it. More fortunately, my parents were supportive and they enrolled me into a multimedia course. So after graduating, I just pushed myself through. Nine and a half years later, here I am!

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

I’ve always wanted to paint illustration montage art like how Drew Struzan did with his iconic movie posters for George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Other than that, I also wished I could strive and draw like Alex Ross’ semi-realistic comic art for DC Comics; but alas, it’s something I can dream for now and also, practice harder maybe?

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

My family, my boyfriend and sometimes, oddly enough, my work life with my colleagues who are also animators because these people are so animated to the point that they just give me ideas to create something! Other than those, the regular things such as movies, video games and comics do inspire me day to day.

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

If this has nothing to do with the art industry, I guess I would say my boyfriend has so far influenced me the most, as he is a musician and he can relate to most artists’ struggles; so he always motivates me to do better and to strive harder in order to reach my goals.

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

If this has nothing to do with the art industry, I guess I would say my boyfriend has so far influenced me the most, as he is a musician and he can relate to most artists’ struggles; so he always motivates me to do better and to strive harder in order to reach my goals.

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

If this has nothing to do with the art industry, I guess I would say my boyfriend has so far influenced me the most, as he is a musician and he can relate to most artists’ struggles; so he always motivates me to do better and to strive harder in order to reach my goals.

To see more of Jennifer’s work and connect with her, do follow her on the following pages: The Wolf Pack Facebook page, Instagram and DeviantArt!

Note: All photos are courtesy of Jennifer Teh.

Want to read more artist spotlights? Click here to read Rociel’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!