We had the good fortune of connecting with Alan Jiang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alan, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
Claude Monet once said, ”color is my day-long obsession, joy, and torment.” I believe colors can convey feelings and emotions. I’m always fascinated by working with bold and playful colors that make one feel optimistic. I believe art & design can spread positive energy to the world and bring pleasure to everyone.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m an illustrator, motion and graphic designer currently based in L.A. I create illustrations for motion graphics and also design motifs for surface design and branding projects. What sets me apart from others is that I grew up in a Buddhist family and love to incorporate Asian elements into my designs. One of the lessons I’ve learned along the way is always be brave to try something new and venture outside the comfort zone. When I first started college at ArtCenter, I was an illustration student with an emphasis in surface design. I discovered my interest in motion and graphic design when I was in my junior year of college and eventually changed my major, which begins my motion and graphic design career.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve been living in L.A. for many years, and some of my favorite places are Huntington Library, The Getty Villa, and Mission San Juan Capistrano. It’s always fascinating to visit the botanical gardens in Huntington Library and it’s the perfect place to spend with friends and family. I’ve always loved eating Sichuan food and Southeast Asian cuisine. My favorite restaurants are Sichuan Impression, Chun La Hao Hot Pot, Summer Rolls, Na’s Bistro, and House of An. Some of my favorite boba places are Omomo, Tan-Cha, and Tiger Sugar.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There was a point when I was really sure that I wanted to study fashion design for college. In my sophomore year of high school, I went to a fashion design program at a local college and I realized that I only enjoy drawing fashion figures rather than making patterns or sewing fabrics. I feel extremely lucky to have supportive parents who encourage me to not give up on art. Knowing that I still have an interest in drawing, I decided to study illustration for my undergraduate degree at ArtCenter College of Design. I was really unconfident with my work in the beginning. I began to question myself about what I really want to do in my future career and decided to take classes from different academic tracks. Under the mentorship of Elaine Alderette, Ming Tai, and Fiona Blankenship, I discovered my interest in motion & graphic design and began my education in motion graphics.