Read on to see a curated collection of affordable art prints by artist Peony Yip.
Peony Yip, also known as The White Deer is a Hong Kong based illustrator. While researching Yip to write this post, I discovered two things. The first is that Peony Yip considers herself to be an amateur, the second was that writing the introduction was going to take me much more time than I had allowed because I couldn’t tear myself away from admiring her art prints.
Peony creates beautiful, detailed illustrations that demonstrate her skills and abilities as an artist even if she doesn’t consider herself to be good enough yet to take the title of ‘artist’ comfortably.
Peony’s Society6 store The White Deer sells affordable art prints with prices starting at US$22; she also has throw pillows, t-shirts and tech cases available.
Artist Interview with Peony Yip – The White Deer
Your compositions and technique are exceptional. How many years have you been drawing for? How has your art evolved over the years?
Thank you for your kind words! I can’t really remember when I haven’t drawn, even as a child I was always drawing but never really took it seriously until I went to college. I would have to say I have been drawing seriously for maybe around 8 to 9 years because I want to improve my skills immensely. Throughout the years I can see that my work has become more nature related and I’ve opened up more to try different medias. Hopefully, in the next few years, I can explore more and also to improve on many areas.
You use many different mediums to create your illustrations. How do you choose which medium suits each series? Do you have a favourite medium?
When working with the series, I have a picture in my mind of how it would come out, like do I want it to be bold or something on the softer side. This helps with which mediums I would like to use. Wanting to experiment with a certain medium also helps with the decision.
I think my current favorite medium is the ball point pen, I just really like the strokes and the texture it gives to the artworks.
What is you favourite Peony Yip illustration?
That is absolutely a hard question as I always see things to improve on in every one of my pieces. If I have to choose I would say one of my older series I did for a group show called “Lost Humanity”.
I love your new series ‘It Aches’ Could you tell us what inspired this collection of affordable art prints?
I wanted to do something to show pain and being hurt resulting in death, so the pieces are more like paying respect to these victims. The nature elements are to portray a respected funeral which they can be at peace and rest with nature.
You say you are a weekend artist, what do you do with the rest of your week?
I work full time on the weekdays as a Graphic Designer for a toy company. It seems to sound a lot more fun than it really is though, as I don’t really get to be creative at all so I put my creativity into my drawings.
I have noticed sets of three circles in a lot of your more recent illustrations. Do these spots have a special meaning?
I’m very happy you noticed! It’s actually what I will be placing to all my future drawings because it’s supposed to be like a mark or a signature of mine. Yes, they do mean something! It might be a bit silly, but the 3 dots are Morse code for the letter “S”. Both my parents’ names begin with “S” and so does my middle name, and I wanted to be reminded that they help me get to where I am, and they mean the world to me so the dots hold a personal meaning to me.
I am intrigued by your “Stand up to Bullying’ series. Bullying is something that has affected most of us in one way or another. I think you did an outstanding job highlighting this issue in a powerful and very emotive way. Can you tell us a little bit about why you created this series?
I remember watching a documentary about Bullying, and it really broke my heart because I went through that phase as a child too. I can’t really say it was a similar situation because I was bullied for my race and it was not something I could change, so I felt very helpless. At that moment I thought, why should I have to change for anyone for something I should be proud to be born in? Being overwhelmed, I wanted to create something with meaning to help share this message that it is such a huge problem which is constantly happening. Therefore, I hope creating this series helped people to rethink their actions or even help others when they see bullying.
If you could change one thing about the world what would it be?
There are so many things I’d like to change but let’s start simple by having everyone be able to do an act of kindness. A simple gesture can go a long way 🙂
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