1. Píccolo Portraits: Michael C. Hsiung

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    Through the Print Project, Píccolo has had the opportunity to work with 4 talented illustrators. But, who are the people behind the images? We interviewed them in our series, Píccolo Portraits!

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    If you love Michael’s work, be sure to support our Kickstarter and purchase one of his prints!

    Píccolo: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

    Michael C. Hsiung: My name is Michael C. Hsiung and I was born in Chinatown, Los Angeles.  I wasn’t always making art for a living – I actually graduated with an English Degree and was working in schools, museums, and even at a background investigation company before even thinking of making art.  I’ve been really lucky to have had such a nice run so far, and I attribute it to my facial hair.

    P: What was the inspiration behind your piece for the Píccolo Print Project?

    MCH: My love of the circus and performers (clowns/muscle men/stiltwalkers) was the inspiration behind the Piccolo piece.  

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    P: What are your favorite techniques/mediums to use when you create your work?

    MCH: My favorite medium would probably be ink, micron pens, and rapidographs, and my favorite technique is patterning with semi circles.

    P: Do you think the field of illustration is changing? And if so, how?

    MCH: I think the field of illustration is changing as far as I can tell, though not really being an illustrator in the traditional sense, but I think that its easier for artists to get his or her stuff out there now with the various social sites, forums, and community groups. 

    P: What are your favorite small things in life?

    MCH: My favorite small things  are probably dice, like 20 sided dice because I’m a lover of all things fantasy and Dungeons & Dragons related. [Sara’s note - This made me very happy because I too am a D&D player.]

    P: What’s on the horizon for you - any exciting projects you’re working on?

    MCH: I’ll be having a two-week solo show called So Far, So Good, So What! February 8th at THIS, LA gallery in Highland Park. I’m really excited because it’ll be my first time in a long while showing works, and I plan to have lots of drawings, a print, and a reprint of a zine that recently sold out called Booze, Dudes, & Bears.  Also, I’m be doing a print with Poster Child Prints sometime this year which I’m very excited about, as well as participating in a group show Out of Towners which opens sometime in April at the Seeing Things Gallery in San Jose.    

    Thanks, Michael!


     
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