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LiGang Zheng

Zheng is a concept artist based in Los Angeles, where he is a prolific fine-art painter and draftsman.

Interview with the 2020 Vega Digital Awards Winner - LiGang Zheng

1Please give us a brief bio of yourself and your background.

Ligang Zheng work as a concept artist in Los Angeles. and he is also a prolific fine-art painter and draftsman. He notes that in drawing such as Awareness, he doesn't necessary draw what he sees. "I draw what I feel," he says.

2What made you become/why did you choose to become a digital designer/artist?

I love drawing and play video games when I was young.

The times they are a-changin, where the painting is also improving. The digital painting is that the road after all for contemporary artist.

3What’s your favorite kind of digital design and why?

I love the art by Craig Mullins. His digital painting is bold, free, and solid.

4To you, what makes a “good” design?

I draw what I feel. The good design can explain what the artist want to express.

5Describe your design style and its main characteristics.

I like paint something between reality and abstraction. I like rich impressionism, subtle colors, and bold strokes.

6Tell us about your design process.

I like to start my designs with shape and brush strokes, and then add color before finally refining it.

7Where do you draw inspiration from?

I draw my inspiration from traditional artist such as John Singer Sargent and Peter Paul Rubens.

8What current trends in digital design (or really anything digital related) are you most excited about?

I am really excited about VR painting.

9Congratulations! As the winner of the 2020 Vega Awards, what does it mean to you and your company and team to receive this award distinction?

As the winner of 2020 Vega Awards, it gives me more motivation. I am starting to believe in my art career.

10Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2020 Vega Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

I really like to play Warcraft III when I was young and even for now , I still play this game. I use Orc, so I chose this project.

11What was the biggest challenge with this project?

The feeling of deterrence is very hard to catch. I really hope the audience could feel this man is the king of killing.

12How has winning an Award developed your practice/career?

I spend all the time on drawing and painting. I went to a lot of workshops when I was in school.

13What are your top three (3) favorite things about the digital industry?

Digital painting is high efficiency.

Digital painting has endless possibilities.

When we play a game or watch a movie , we can say:" we are working now"

14What makes your country specifically, unique in the digital industry?

I come from China, and it is a country with a profound cultural background and long history. the art student who come from China usually have solid basics of painting.

15Where do you see the evolution of digital industry going over the next 5-10 years?

The software update will more faster and much easier to operation and learning over the next 5-10 years.

16If you were a student entering this industry or an aspiring Vega Award submitter, what advice would you give them?

Keeping a good taste of art is very important, where you can spend all your time to focus on your art.

17What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to improve their skills in the design industry?

Xuelun Liu is a respected teacher in my life. He is the turning point of my life. He helped me when I was in a very hard time in my life.

18Tell us something you have never told anyone else.

I used to have own so many comic books that it fully filled one side of my bed!

19Who has inspired you in your life and why?

Xuelun Liu is a respected teacher in my life. His appareance is also the turning point of my life. He helped me when I was in a very hard time of my life.

20What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

Working hard will make you feel like it's an achievement.

21Do you have anything else you would like to add to the interview?

Enjoy your art life.

Winning Entries

Kill King | 2020

Interview with LiGang Zheng, Academy of Art University, United States

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LiGang Zheng

Zheng is a concept artist based in Los Angeles, where he works as a prolific fine-art painter and draftsman.