Artist Introduction – Hazel Cheng (Hazel Illustrates)

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I’m Hazel Cheng, an illustrator! I work digitally, and occasionally dabble in watercolour and inks. Cute characters and whimsical subjects are my thing, just a way to have a good time and spread some fun and colour. My art blog is @http://hazelcheng.tumblr.com/. I’ve also got a facebook page @https://www.facebook.com/hazelillustrates/.

Who / what inspires you?

When one works indoors, plugged in all the time, taking a breather outside is refreshing. I’m always impressed with nature and animal life! Honestly, I’d say everything inspires me, but you just never know when it will strike.

What are you trying to accomplish with your work?

I always have some grand idea of changing the way people look at things, or inspiring them to take action. I believe that illustration has the power to achieve these ends, so maybe some day.

What does ‘being creative’ mean to you?

Just making things.

What is a piece of advice you could give to newbies?

There’s nothing I can say that hasn’t been said, but I always like to say that fancy tools don’t make the artist. I appreciate good paper though, a good foundation is everything.

What other hobbies do you have?

I like hitting up thrift stores and garage sales for cute things. I collect a variety of toys, from little ponies to fashion dolls.

I’ll play nice, so drop me a line. I’m super excited to meet everyone!