Dingding Hu is a New York based illustrator and designer. She is a life observer, color lover, and storyteller who is aimed at making juice out of everyday ordinary. She specializes in illustrating scenes, characters and objects, and is passionate about illustrated product. Dingding has made stickers for Google Allo, illustrated map of Chinatown for MOCA NYC, as well as designed characters for TED talk, among other projects. Dingding has exhibited her work around the world, and have received a silver medal from Comic and Cartoon Annual by Society of Illustrators.
Raised in the spicy food heaven, Szechuan (China), and settled in the global food headquarter, New York, food has been Dingding’s destiny all along the way. In 2016 she started to create her own product line, Hu is Hungry, a stationery and gifts collection that celebrates everyday life through food themed illustration.
Ding Ding loves to travel, and her favorite trip was to Sao Tome and Principe in Africa in the summer of 2012. She is now living and working in NYC, where she is either drawing or busy feeding her stomach and mind, as well as researching new ways of fulfilling her ever-persistent hunger.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Phone: 443-838-1706
MIT Media Lab / TASTE / Department of Transportation NYC / Google Allo + Anyways / Museum of Chinese in America / TED talk with Chris Milk / Art Director's Club / American Greetings / ANNAKIKI / Johns Hopkins Health Review / Air Canada enRounte Magazine / The New York Times / Lucky Peach / Time Out New York / Time Out New York kids / Anorak Magazine / Put A Egg On It! / The Cleaver Quarterly / Hopes & Fears / PlanAdviser / PlanSponsor / Chief Investment Officer / 1626 Magazine / Sugoi Books / BellyKids / Better Chinese LLC / Land Gallery
Lonely Planet / Designboom / Art Director’s Club / Inkygoodness / People of Print / Ape on the Moon / Sir Magazine / No Culture Icons / Illustration Friday / Illustration Mundo / Brown Paper Bag / IDN Magazine / Scribble Project / SinoVision TV Channel
MOCCA Awards of Excellence / SOI students show jury / Comic and Cartoon Art Annual (Silver Medal) / American Illustration (chosen) / Creative Quarterly (winner) / Cheltenham Illustration Awards
I have put together some common question that I have been asked on the Internet here for your reference. Hope it is helpful at one point :)
1. How do you come up with your ideas?
My ideas usually based on the actual project. When I receive a brief from my clients I will first of all do a lot of research on the subject matter I am illustrating, be it an article or a character design, and from there I will move on to narrow down the information I have gathered and further on develop my ideas in the sketchbook. And for sure sometimes when I hit a creative block, doing exercise, riding the train and other relaxing activity would help generate more creative spark!
2. What are some of the ways that you get inspiration?
My inspiration comes from many different channels. It can come from daily life, such as food I eat, TV shows I watch and people I encounter. It can also come from other artists, but not limited to illustrators. I believe different forms of art are all connected and it is important for me to keep myself up to date on what is going on in the art world, and I constantly find inspirations from art genre that is different from my own practice.
3. How did you develop your particular illustration style?
Decide on what is the kind of art you want to do and find the people who does that kind of art best to learn from them. Try many different ways of working until you find the one that you are best at, and keep working hard and create new work. Your style will develop based on your art influence, life experience, as well as amount of practice.
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