Ranqi Li, or Rain as she’s also called, is a very talented artist that I’m excited to show you all! I can feel her dedication from the way she made an effort to put her best foot forward for this feature. As usual I gave a short interview in which Rain gave me some pretty in depth answers! I’ve posted more of her art beneath the interview so check her out!
What are your goals as an artist?
I would say most aspirant to intermediate artists share similar goals. I sometimes worry about my future, and hope that I will be able to bring enough on the table as an artist. Despite all that, and say I’m at industry-standard level without many issues whatsoever; I may then have real goals.
During my high school time, a teacher once told me that it’s very common to change majors in college, and a number between 6 to 8 is usual. I did not believe it, because it just sounds so ridiculous. I thought to myself, “why would I give up something so dearly to me?” Funny thing is that, we all grow up, and things change. My goals changed from animator, 3D animator, 3D modeler, rigger, storyboard artist, illustrator, to concept artist. I never knew there were so many different sections under the “Art major”.
After all these nonsense, I hope my intention is clear. I no longer dream to work for Disney, Dreamwork, Pixar, etc. Nor want to make a game, being a part of animated movie, and make comic books. Before I get to where I need to be, nothing is worth mentioning. All that said, Let’s work hard together.
Are there any projects you’re working on?
yes, I’m working to get some finished character concept arts done. I also like drawing (and watching) anime very much, so I will always have that part going on during my free time. For the other times, I will have random illustrations that come from nowhere.
Why do you want more viewers and what do you feel you have to offer your audience?
I do want more viewers, but at the same time I don’t. I feel like there are just things we should not force. It’s slow, but I can definitely see the progress on viewers and my art skill. I don’t usually offer people stuff, well in some cases I do. I get requests for tutorials, but I feel like I should not make them until I really know what I’m doing.
How often do you update and how serious are you about your art?
I try to not slack off, but my updates are still random between a week to a month. Some projects take a long time, I have to keep fixing and twisting things. I’m really strict about my drawings, so they are usually good quality.
What are your biggest influences?
My childhood anime series such as Sailor Moon, SlamDunk, and Cardcaptor Sakura. I then get really into video games and MMOs, so anime and video games. (maybe I should add cup-of-noodles)
I try desperately to run through the sand
As I hold the water
In the palm of my hand
Cause it’s all that I have
It’s all that I need and
The waves of the water
Mean nothing to me
But I try my best
And all that I can to
Hold tightly onto
What’s left in my hand
But no matter how
How tightly I will strain
The sand will slow me down
And the water will drain
-Twenty | One | Pilots
Again I was inspired by my favorite band and drew this in my sketch book on the flight back from Texas. The lady next to me was underlining nearly every sentence in the book she was reading, tapping my lightly and consistently with her elbow at the end of each line. It was annoying but I held my tongue and continued to draw until I was finished and she had the nerve to get me attention with a nudge and tell me it was good. What is wrong with people? Or a better question would be what the hell was she underlining every sentence for?