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TRACIE CHING

CURRENT RESIDENCE: WASHINGTON, D.C.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UNITED STATES

https://www.behance.net/tracieching

 

1. Describe yourself and your work.

I am a freckled digital artist and illustrator who blames her pork obsession on her Polish-Hawaiian heritage. I am most commonly known for movie posters featuring vector portraits rendered in a cross-hatching style.

2. How did you get started?

I earned a BFA in mixed media sculpture following the Great Recession—so, safe to say, I was unemployed for a while following graduation. It was during this time that I taught myself Adobe Creative Suite, finally latching on to Illustrator and the decision to attempt a pivot from fine art to design. I spent three years working 18 hours every day between two jobs—the one that paid my bills and the one that built my portfolio and reputation as a digital artist. Finally, I managed to hustle my way into a full-time freelance career and haven’t stopped since.

3. What piece of work best represents you and why?

If we’re talking movie posters, most would say my 2001: A Space Odyssey, but personally I feel my recent Politico covers underscore what I do best—lines!

4. What are you into currently?

Attempting to push myself out of my comfort zone. Over the past year I’ve engaged in projects that still involved vector illustration but manifested in new ways in the outside world. I designed sets of embroidered merit badges for a faux troop that came in custom packaging [below], a portrait rendered on 12 handmade ceramic tiles [above], and monotypes I personally printed and altered.

5. What are three things you’ve learned that young creatives should know?

Talent has an expiration date. Without constant tending, it sours. No matter how easy they make it seem, the best creative in the room is the person who is the most relentless—always striving to be better, stay engaged, and find the next thing to light their fire.

5¼. Favorite color?  Purple.

5½. Favorite website? Sarah Andersen’s Instagram. She’s my spirit animal.

5¾. Pet peeve? Soda without ice.