Upon Studio Answers...
Share 1-3 things about your technical process. (ie. how do you color separate?, how do you decide which colors, binding method, or paper to use?, is your process traditional, digital, or both?, if it's collaborative what does the back and forth look like?)
For color choice, I usually have the palette ready in the Illustrator file, but it's all up to what drum is available to use at SVA Risolab (where I go to print). Sometimes I switch to another color as someone else is using or that color drum is broken, but end up with interesting results I would never design myself. , , My zines are mostly in 16-page format, saddle-stitch binding. I use International Paper Springhill White 67lb. It has a nice solid weight, with a bit rough surface, taking Riso ink well. I work in both Silkscreen and Riso, this paper is pretty good for both. , , I'd also like to share my dummy process, it's about finding pagination for the final production file. In the dummy, I'll sketch out the content, then pull out the pages to figure out how to arrange two spreads economically. (IvyZheyuChen_Q2_1, IvyZheyuChen_Q2_2)
Share 1-3 things about your creative/conceptualizing process.
All my zines share one simple intention- explore anything for fun and experience. If anything got me curious, or shocked, touched, obsessed, I'll look into it. Each zine is a journey triggered by a random subject.
What did you have on your mind when you were working on this project/piece (or in general)? (ie. Does your work (this or other) relate to a particular current movement or concept?)
I was in an Emoji phase you know. Emoji just says so much that words can't say, with all these subtle feelings/ emotions. I'm from China, WeChat is an app we use all the time. WeChat smiley looks really creepy to younger generations, but not to the older. It got me looking into "smiley" in general. The subtle eyes, subtle smile, is it "happy" or a mood of "subtle unhappy"? What do you feel when you look at a smiley?
If you would like to include your own Q&A that you would like to share or re-word any of these questions in a different way, add it below -
Q- What's your story with Dummy Smiley? I mean, it's pretty rough, not like the other issues more put together, why do you do it?, , A- It's a story of change– I used to think I suck at drawing. Trying it as a consistent practice a few times, I'd give up eventually, partly because I think I suck at it. One time I was going through the old stuff and found these dummies made quickly for page assignment before production. Honestly, I felt the drawings are quite wild and good. , , It's not that my drawing improved, it's my eyes that have accepted the drawings. This may sound trivial but actually changed my life, removing the block of self-doubt and self-judgment. The new me thinks the raw and casual quality of my drawing is good enough, and I wanted to share that moment.