Artist Spotlight: Cindy Duong | Sakura Dragon

Cindy Duong is a Los Angeles based illustrator and designer with a degree in visual arts from UCSD, as well as an enthusiastic foodie. For three years, Cindy has brought her branded art, Sakura Dragon, to the Night Market for 3 years after hearing about the event from a friend. With no experience as an outdoor vendor before signing up, the the Art Walk community welcomed her with open arms, and has felt the same kindness and support since.

What are your favorite mediums and why?

My favorite mediums include watercolor and Photoshop. I often get questions about my decision to do both traditional and digital mediums. In the art community, there is a lot of discussion about the value of one over the other. Despite this debate, I don’t feel that one medium is better than the other. They both have their pros and cons and require a unique skillset to master.

What are the pros and cons with both mediums?

I enjoy the free flowing, whimsical nature of watercolors and having something physical after I’m done painting. However, I love that digital mediums allow such a high level of control. It’s a very valuable tool for learning and experimenting. However, I do feel like that flexibility leaves no room for forgiveness. Since Photoshop allows you to undo everything, it leaves you very little excuse for mistakes.

What do you hope people take away from your art?

I love to create fun, brightly colored illustrations for everyone’s inner child. Much of my inspiration comes from Nintendo, Disney, Studio Ghibli, and pretty edible things. I am greatly interested in the power of colors and visual storytelling. I find enjoyment in small, often overlooked, things in life and hope to share those experiences through my creations. When people look at my work, I want them to remember what it was like to be a kid and enjoy doing things for fun.

Any advice for rising artists?

If I were to give advice to rising artist (or to anyone doing creative things) it would be to relax and enjoy the process. Achieving a high level of technical skill should not be the goal when making art. Having that kind of critical mindset will be stressful and make the process difficult to enjoy. Instead, make art out of love and enjoyment or the process. The skill will come with practice.



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