We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Book and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, why did you pursue a creative career?
I’ve known for a majority of my life that I loved to draw and paint but I never took it seriously until I had to apply for college my senior year. I looked at every major from S.T.E.M to humanities but the only one that I truly had an interest and passion for was art. I didn’t want to live the rest of my life studying something I had little interest when I knew that could be drawing instead. I decided to take art seriously and pursue an education at Art Center College of Design because I love to paint and draw and it’s something I want to do for the rest of my life. Being able to do what I love all the time is a blessing and pursuing art has been the best decision of my life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m most inspired by fairy tales, mythology, and sometimes draw inspiration from my own life and memories. I love painting and playing with light and colour but when it comes to choosing what kind of art I like to make the most, I wouldn’t be able to choose! I enjoy drawing characters, painting environments, composing illustrations, and I love to do both digital and traditional artwork. I am still a growing artist but I love to learn and explore new ways to draw. I am most proud of how much I have improved in the last 3 years since I entered college but I am most excited about making an indie video game project with my closest friends. The biggest challenge I have faced was being social. I have always been an introverted and shy person but I have slowly learned to socialize with those around me and make more friends rather than keeping to myself. I am still battling this challenge but I have come a long way.
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 would take my best friend to all the museums in the area! This includes, The Getty, Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Natural Science Museum, Huntington Library, and Griffith Observatory. LA is home to lots of exhibitions and they are always a great place to see some amazing works of art and science. As for food, I would bring them to eat some of my favorite Cream puffs at Beard Papa’s, then some Galbi Jim at Sun Nong Dan, followed by Matcha Shaved ice at Oakobing. Other great places to eat would be at King Taco, Bacari W. 3rd or Matcha Maiko!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Firstly, I have to thank my parents for supporting my decision to pursue art. My parents sacrificed and endured a lot when immigrating to America and have given me the best live I could have. I have been presented with so many great opportunities because of my parent’s efforts and love and for that I am so thankful for. My parents trusted and allowed me to do what I love despite art being an unknown and unstable career path to them. My success is all due to their sacrifices and I am and always will be grateful for the time and money they invested in my life and passions.