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Catherine Huang

College Student
USA

@cathyrox_art

My name is Cat, I’m an art school student, and I study illustration. When I was 4 years old I went to a very strict, very religious preschool where the people in charge would tell us when to eat, when to pray, when to have class.  The most free time I had in that school was drawing class. Essentially I could do anything I wanted, and one day I drew a portrait of myself and my cousin. But I wanted to write my name, and I didn’t remember how to spell my name. So I put all the letters I did know:  A-B-I-L-I-O in that order, ‘ABILIO.’

When I brought that drawing home, my mother was amazed by this portrait. She thought it was very beautiful and she framed it, and she hung it up in the house and I thought:  ‘Why did she do that?’  But the more I looked at this drawing, the more I realized that it was a charming picture, and I really enjoyed myself.  Then I realized that maybe art and drawing was something I could do for the rest of my life.

The work I do is 2D based, I really enjoy working with comics. A lot of the work I do is narrative based with a moral at the end. For instance, I was tasked to illustrate an argument in the comic form, and the character I had were an exhausted mother size and an incessantly crying baby.  The mother tries all sorts of ways to get her baby to quiet down. Eventually she yells at the baby because she’s so exhausted.  However, at the end, the conflict is resolved through pure love.  

I hope in the future that I’m working with narrative work as always, maybe in the form of movies, or games, or even comics, which I’m very passionate about.  However what I really want to do is travel the world, learn about new cultures and languages, and draw the whole time.”

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3 responses on "Catherine Huang"

  1. Profile photo of Casey Roonan

    You have such a strong narrative sense, Cat! I especially love to see how you use color to this end – particularly in that illustration of the kitchen, which totally blows me away. The palette in the one color comic included here also works extremely well, and I can’t wait to see what you do in the future as you hone these two skills!

  2. Profile photo of Lauryn Welch

    Nice to meet you, Cat! Clearly you’ve been practicing since day one. Your technique is incredible. I love in every image how you construct spaces. I get lost in the details, it feels as if I’m there in each image. I’m so glad your mom encouraged you and kept your drawings from when you were little (and I’m so glad the ABILIO drawing still exists, omg hahaha). My dad and I would go to this diner every morning when I was really little, and we would draw on the paper placemats with crayons. I made this picture of yelling Cs (also titled “Yelling Cs”), best drawing I’ve ever made! It’s amazing how those little drawings start us on the path towards being a working artist!

  3. Profile photo of Deepti Menon

    Oh man, I love the “ABILIO” story! I definitely remember creating a bunch of family portraits in preschool that were hung up all throughout my house (most of them with names spelled completely wrong as well).

    The comic of the tired mom is awesome!! I love the layout of the pages, and the character designs are also so great. That image of the mom yelling with tears shooting out of her eyes is amazing.

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