Q&A - Sean Ngan
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Sean Ngan, a Malaysian Chinese Graphic Design student studying at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom. I’ve always had an interest in Graphic design and I’m looking to enter the industry as a designer or illustrator after my graduation. As well as my studies at university I enjoy doing freelance work for various clients. I’m just a simple and nice guy with a genuine interest in what I do.
How do you go about creating your pieces?
I view Graphic Design as a second language with which I can communicate with others. As inspiration I found myself thinking of childhood memories, which filled my mind with many pictures and images. With this in mind I wanted to draw out these images in order to share them with others, this resulted in the creation of my work. The materials used are simple but effective, firstly drawing out the image using pens and markers. After this, I transfer the drawing into Photoshop to make any needed changes before adding the final touches.
What single element, person, object or real life situation, do you think has influenced you the most throughout your artist career?
As a student, I am constantly learning about different styles and artists, which I can use to my advantage within my work. Adrian Johnson is one of my favourite artists although if I had to pick one person to be my idol it would have to be Stefan Sagmeister. Stefan Sagmeister is a very influential Graphic Designer who inspires me further to create my work. Throughout my experiences so far I can’t say who has influences me the most, but I believe that I take everything I experience to create work which is true to myself.
What is your best piece of art to date?
In all honesty I like most of the art I create because they all have different stories to tell. However, if I had to say which piece I am most proud of? I would say ‘Childhood’ which is the print I have created for Unknownprints. This is my favourite because of its originality and my strong unique style, which is a feature of this piece. Another piece I would like to mention is work I have created for a competition brief for the company PaperCo in unison with my classmate Kirsty Wells. This particular piece managed to win the competition’s golden award. In short, the brief was to create a simple piece of direct mail in order to promote the PaperCo company and their merchandise. My colleague and I created a three dimensional tree shaped catalogue of the company’s paper stock, which could also be used as a notepad and promoted unique selling points of the company.
Any current projects/shows/releases you want to advertise?
This is my first piece of artwork, which has been published for the public to purchase. I am keen to continue creating work as a freelancer or working for a company whenever I meet the right person to work with. I really enjoy creating work whether it is for my personal use or as a commissioned piece. If you are interested in my work, simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be more than happy to answer your questions or share some more work.
Sean’s prints are available here.