We had the good fortune of connecting with Xiran Luo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Xiran, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
First of all, I have many relatives in my family who are in the art industry, they are painters, sculptors, and interior designers. So at an early age, I did not feel that the art and creative industries were undignified, unstable, and unworthy of pursuit. On the contrary, the beauty they created influenced me unconsciously, intriguing me to do the same thing. I didn’t learn drawing systematically as a child, and it was not until the year before my college entrance exams that I went to a class specifically to learn how to pass art exams and acquire basic knowledge of human anatomy and color. When I was very young, I used to use my fingers to pretend to be paintbrushes and draw things in the air that I imagined in my mind. In retrospect, I probably looked very creepy at the time.

Before college, there was an American TV series that directly prompted me to study art and design, it was MAD MAN. Whenever Don, the main character, showed a poster of an ad with a gripping copy, I was drawn to the power of the images. I felt that this was what I wanted to do, so I needed to be more professional.

After college, I entered the painting department, and at that time I was very interested in picture books and Zine. I often went to book fairs and bookstores and made many friends related to art publishing. It was these friends that kept me from straying from my art career and gave me the opportunity to get in touch with my first pop-up children’s book’s editors.

Then in graduate school, I saw my talent in film poster design during the MICA filmmaking branding workshop. I love typography and single images, and posters are a perfect connection for this. Since I am also a film lover, I launched my career in film poster design from my friends. This year, I designed a poster for a documentary that was featured in Busan International Film Festival 2022 and IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2022).

I think I’ve been following my talent so far, but I don’t feel like it’s my fate to work in the art industry for the rest of my life. I’m also interested in food sustainability and food insecurity, and I hope to have more opportunities to learn and explore agriculture and food-related fields in the future.

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.
Minerva’s drawing studio in Chinatown. Besides illustrator and designer, I also work as a life drawing model. Now I only work for Minerva’s drawing studio and artist Bruce William.

Here I met various friendly art lovers and educators, and I didn’t see the world from an artist’s perspective – I objectify myself. I use my body and gestures to intrigue, inspire, and lead the drawing. I feel like every model session is a mutual collaboration.

Mutual respect is the most important thing in this space, and I value it most.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
MICA Filmmaking department

Website: www.lobodluo.com

Instagram: l_o_boood

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/xiran-luo-b17415141

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