When your first-grade teacher draws Sailor Moon characters to celebrate your good work, you understand how special art can be at an early age. Alexis Jang's teacher inspired her to draw her own characters, and she has never looked back.
Now, Jang layers ink and gouache with digital brushes to create ultra-textured drawings.
Jang's mood largely influences her work. She likes to draw what she sees, creating illustrations that feature womanhood, human psychology, movies, and the everyday things people say and do.
"A lot of times I witness random encounters on the street, and find them really endearing, letting them marinate in my head for a while. And then one day I have an idea on how to make it into an illustration."
Jang is a bit of a nomad. She was born in Daegu, South Korea, and moved to New York City when she was nineteen. After living there for seven years, she has finally settled in Berlin, Germany. She has studied at both the Queensborough Community College in New York, and the Miami Ad School in Berlin.
She hopes to start every day with a good breakfast, meditation, and reading. Meditation has become important to her in the last year or so.
Her mantra is, "Work hard and be nice to people!"
Since moving to Berlin, Jang has noticed how her year is divided in two. The seasons change the city into two very different social environments.
"In the summertime, I would usually go out to have a couple beers with friend by the canal or parks. In winter, it's quite tame - stay at home drawing, cooking, or watching stuff online."
Do you believe in ghosts?
"Sometimes, only right after I watch scary movies, and then I forget about them."
"Yes, but I think they're too far away from us to ever be proven true!"
In an effort to experiment, Jang makes small, postcard-sized color tests with a limited palette of only two to three ink colors. Each takes about thirty minutes, and she finds it incredibly satisfying to look at them.
Shout it from the rooftops!
One of her most recent accomplishments was getting an illustration featured in the New York Timesa dream she's been harboring for quite a long time.
We're so proud!
Keep up with this experimental marvel on Instagram.