• A portrait of Anita Tung
  • Anita's rendition of the Oribe goddess is an exploration of color
  • The Jelly Plant, digital painting
  • Forest Creatures, gouache and colored pencil
  • The Leap, digital painting
  • Little Creatures, digital drawing
  • Future Love, India ink with digital color

Anita Tung

Anita Tung grew up in a small town in Michigan and attended the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. We were captivated by Tung’s colorful renditions of imaginative worlds filled with offbeat characters and asked the talented illustrator to join our Artist Series. Read on to find out more about the inspiration behind her colorful design, the best advice she’s ever received and her greatest talent outside of art.

Tell us a little about your background in art. When did you know that it was your calling?

I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, but I didn't think about making art for a living until high school. Before that point, I was sure I was going to be a veterinarian. I don't think it was so much a "calling" as it was a slow realization that I would never be happy unless art was a central part of my life, so I decided to make a career out of it.

How would you describe your artistic aesthetic?

I try to infuse a sense of curiosity into my work, which focuses on the idea of exploration, strange worlds and a sense of wonder. I strive to make weird things appealing.

Describe your artistic process. Where do you typically find inspiration?

Inspiration comes and goes, but if I don’t sit down and work every day, I'd never finish anything! I've learned to trust myself to work through creative blocks and push myself to just keep making things (even if they're bad). I know something good will come of it in the end.

If there's any artist you could collaborate with, living or dead, who would it be and what would you do together?

Hayao Miyazaki—he's probably been the biggest influence in all of my work. His sense of storytelling and design always amazes me. I’d love to make an animated movie with him.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

I've been lucky enough to have a plethora of incredibly smart and inspiring mentors. There's loads of advice they've given me that has shaped my work and my life, so it's difficult to pick. One of the things they taught me is how important it is to keep learning—not just about art, but about anything and everything that interests me. They also taught me to keep talking to people who are passionate about different things.

How would you describe your personal style?


How do you normally wear your hair?

Either straight and down or up in a bun. I like to keep it low maintenance.

Why did you decide to design the Oribe logo the way you did?

I wanted to experiment primarily with color since it's such a huge part of my own work. Additionally, the sweeping lines of the hair in the logo suggested movement and energy, and I wanted to make that even more vibrant.

Your greatest talent outside of art?

I can eat ice cream really fast. I'm also very punctual.

Are you working on any upcoming projects that you're particularly excited about?

I'm working on creating a video game with friends. I'm doing a lot of the design work for the background and environments. I also have a more personal project bouncing around in my head with some of my recurring characters, but that's in the very early stages of development.
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