withanx asked: What, if any, education have you gone through related to art? did you go through a higher learning proces like university or college or did you go for something other than art?
Hello! I’ve spoken about this in my introduction video before.
I didn’t take any art based subjects in high school (cause the education system here didn’t have the choices, it’s a messy system, i don’t know how to explain) despite having an interest in design.
I currently have a Diploma in Visual Communication (a.k.a Graphic Design) that I studied for 4 years which was when I developed my art/design style.
ylildiana asked: hi would you make a video of your whole painting process? i'm really curious as to how you do it :)
Videos are kinda tough to set up and make and edit and all that but I’ve written a post about my idea/painting processes here
telephonebills asked: how do you scan your work for prints and stuff?
I use a 3-in-1 Printer/Scanner/Copier machine by Canon and there’s this software that’s given by them that you can use to help you with your scans. I use a preset that’s given but the resolution I scan in is 600 dpi, saving them in .JPEG
Sorry if this is too technical and confusing but I’ll write a post on this soon. Promise.
didyougetmytext asked: When will your last two prints be up on your shop? The "kiss her mind" and "when life is sweet" ones :)
I was talking about this on Twitter yesterday about how I can’t sell prints, etc for some of my paintings cause unlike John Green and Tyler Knott Gregson, a lot of authors are unhappy with the idea.
I’m sorry to disappoint a lot of you. Copyrights and royalties are very tricky and messy.
But I am going to send a message or tweet to Shauna Niequist (the one who wrote When Life Is Sweet, Say Thank You) to see if she’s alright with me selling prints of it. Hopefully she’ll say yes.
This week Charlie McDonnell put out a video on how he was scared and then Michael Aranda replied with a wonderful video.
I’ve had many conversations with friends about the same topic and Michael’s right: We are all scared but most of us are just better at keeping that fear to ourselves.
Earlier in the month I tweeted whilst I was reading This Side of Paradise that I’ve noticed that a lot writers have written the male protagonist to be a lot more sensitive and sentimental than how males are projected to be in society today. This shouldn’t be applied just for males, it applied for all of us, no matter who we are or who we choose to identify as.
This doubt and fear of not being good enough or being vulnerable is what makes us beautifully human.
Back in 2011 when I was struggling to finish college and wondering if I was worth anything at all, I remember watching a talk on TED by Brene Brown. In the last minutes of her video she said this: “You’re imperfect and hard wired for struggle but you’re worthy of love and belonging”
I always say this and I think I’ll keep repeating it— you can’t win with everyone. It’s not bad nor good, it’s those things that happen to just be what it is with no simplified, definitive answer nor solution.
Being scared of what others think of you, doesn’t make you weak and being weak doesn’t make you any less of anything either.
All of this, all it does makes you is human, a regular functioning one at that too.
last year around this time things were really heavy, overwhelming heavy with weights of unwanted feelings. but a year since that day, i’ve been doing alright. and you should know too even if things feel really tough, it’s slowly getting better.
have a good november and rest of 2012, everyone.
stillgus-ing asked: 3, 7, 11, 13, 17, 23
Probably internet addiction. And coffee.
7: Boys I trust?
Some of the boys I’ve been friends with in high school, they’re the absolute funniest and best. They read the tumblr I think, so hello to you indie basterds!
When I was 12, I set my mind that I was going to be a radio dj. I even had an email that said Ask Dj Mei.
13: Who I last hugged
My dearest friend, JuYi.
17: someone you cry to
Majority of the boys referred to in question 7 and most of the time to my J’s (2 girls with the initials J)
23: Turn offs
Indecisiveness. I don’t enjoy being toyed with or kept around when someone can’t decide on what they want. And people who complain too much, then do nothing about anything they’ve complained about.
1: Real (first) Name?
2: Current crush!?
4: How tall am I?
5: Relationship status?
6: Girls I trust?
7: Boys I trust?
9: Current mood?
10: how many followers?
12: Who I miss?
13: Who I last hugged?
14: Who understands me?
15: Someone who is always there for me:
16: Last Text?
17: someone you cry to?
18: Who makes me laugh the most?
19: Who I do the craziest stuff with?
20: Who makes me smile?
21: What am i listening to?
22: Turn on’s?
23: Turn offs?
26: Second confession?
27: What I hate?
28: Last person to give you butterflies?
I feel like talking, so let’s do this.
I get this question a lot and I want to clear it out that: If Society6 doesn’t offer the said product I can’t make it available to anyone.
I’m sorry that I can’t cater to the demands of everyone, do understand that manufacturing these things cost a lot of money and it would require a huuuuuge demand instead of just a few people. If I was to open my own store I’d probably be losing money instead of earning, businesses are big responsibilities and commitments, one which I can’t commit to.
I hope all of you understand and again I apologize there isn’t a wider scope for phone covers or other products but it’s something that’s out of my hands.
illustratedwords asked: Hi Mei, looking at your art makes me really happy. I wanted to ask you how you came up with your style? What were you influenced by?
Hello! I like your url, it’s what I’m good at doing: illustrating words!
My first attempt at my current art style was this painting and I was just trying to experiment with negative/positive spaces. I always see graphic/art styles, where they’re masking images into text and I thought of how you could probably reverse that, turning it into another style and how to recreate that by hand instead of digitally.
I did a lot of lettering work, in general I just enjoyed fonts and type, how they can be a design on it’s own.
I was also very inspired by Mark Rothko. I learned that colors on it’s own as a subject matter could evoke different feelings and I tried to infuse that with my lettering.