Creative Talk: Lenny Wen, an Indonesian Fantasy Illustrator

Fantasy is limitless. Fantasy knows no boundaries. But it’s abstract and since it’s not real, it could sometimes be difficult to bring to reality.


However, Lenny Wen doesn’t seem to have problem with it. The Indonesia-based artist has been working as a fantasy illustrator for years, and Gaekon has a chance to chat with her to find out more about what inspires her works.


Hi, how do you do?

I am doing well, thank you!


We have taken a visit to your page and see your works. It’s awesome. Where do the idea of your works come from? Is there any strong influencer? You can tell the story.

Thank you. My ideas come from anywhere. From movies, comic books, children’s books, novels, musics, photos (Pinterest and photographer’s social media are best resources) , another artist’s works or only spontaneous thinking. I got lots of influences especially from other artists like Kei Acedera, Sam Nielson, Charles Santoso,Chris Riddell, etc.


We see the humor, emotion and spooky characteristics in most of your artwork, is there any particular reason?

I like pictures which tell stories. And without emotions there’s no story. I also like pictures with good sense of humour and also a bit spooky illustrations.


Which one is your most favorite work? Tell me more about it

I enjoyed most of my works, so it’s hard to tell. Maybe an upcoming children’s book which will publish probably end of this year or beginning of next year.


We’ve just read your biography and your favorite genre to draw is fantasy, is there any reason?

Actually I like to draw lots of genre but fantasy is a genre which require more imagination and less shackled by many boundaries, so I like it.


What do you think about visual art development in the future?

I think the visual art development will be more and more crazy in the future because people and technology are keep improving.


Do you think internet can help visual artists/designers/illustrator to have professions they want to?

Sure, without any doubt. But with internet people can also lost their professions, so it depends how we use it.


What is “freelance” on your viewpoint?

Freelance means no income before you finish a project, freelance means you don’t have stable incomes and regular holiday or working time. But freelance means you challenge yourself to become the manager, worker, marketing of your own.


How do you think about creative industry and its development?

I think creative industry especially in Indonesia is keep going forward and improving. More chances and recognition for creative industry.


In your opinion, can Gaekon help the artists/customers to fulfill the demands?


I think every new chance means help. With Gaekon customer or businessman get more choices to get creative services. But also need to think the position of the freelancers. I have suggestion that maybe Gaekon can reduce the “unlimited revisions” into certain number so the freelancers don’t feel being used and able move to another projects after they finish one project.


Do you have any plan in the near time? You may tell about it.

My wish is I can produce my own children’s story book but right now my focus is keep improving and get more recognition before I create my own product.


Any words for us and our readers?

Work hard and keep improving!


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