We had the good fortune of connecting with Adriane Tsai and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adriane, why did you pursue a creative career?
Most kids love to create, whether it’s drawing with crayons or building Legos. As kids we don’t care what people think and we create because we want to. But somewhere along the way, we are told our drawing doesn’t look right or that we need to pursue a stable job. Expressing ourselves creatively gets put on the backburner and often never gets picked back up. There’s a quote by Pablo Picasso that always stuck with me: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
As a kid, I was always creating things–from doodling to making jewelry, stuffed animals, and cards, to performing in musicals. I guess the difference between me and anyone else is that I knew I couldn’t give that up. I knew I wanted to keep that childlike creativity alive in myself and to create things that could remind others of their creativity. The arts is what keeps that childlike imagination alive–when you watch a movie, go to a gallery, or see a musical, it brings you back to when you were a kid and could dream of anything. It lets you live in that world for a while. And I get to live in that world every day!
How did you get into art?
I have been creating since I could remember. I started taking art classes at age 5 and if I wasn’t drawing, I would find other things to create like jewelry, cards, stuffed animals, and clothes for my Barbie dolls. I started homeschooling in 1st grade when my mom asked what my favorite subject was in school and I said “recess.” Homeschooling ended up being the best thing for me because I had more time and was able to do theatre, archery, and take more art classes! I would say I really started studying art at the age of 13 when I started taking art classes at my local community college. There, I started getting into digital art specifically and learning more about art as a career path. I was taught by amazing teachers who really encouraged me. By the time I graduated high school, I had completed 2 art certifications in Entertainment Arts and Illustration. Soon after, I received the opportunity to work as a Freelance Graphic Illustrator creating characters and illustrations for animated videos.
Currently, what keeps you busy professionally?
Now I currently work as a Digital Arts teacher for 5th-12th grade at a homeschool learning center, so it really came full circle! I also work as a freelance illustrator, sell art prints in my Etsy shop, and am currently working on my own children’s book. I’m excited to see where the future will take me and I hope my art can add a bit more happiness and wonder to the world!
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My perfect day in LA would be eating a delicious sushi lunch at KazuNori, shopping around at Reformation, seeing what amazing artwork and goodies they have at Giant Robot 2, eating dinner at my favorite dipping ramen place, Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle, and finishing it off with yogurt green tea and nutella taiyaki from NobleTea!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shoutout my parents for always supporting my desire to pursue art as a career! They homeschooled me which allowed for extra time to explore, provided me with art materials, and enrolled me in art classes at a young age.
Other: Etsy shop (art prints): https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittleAdrianeArt