When was the last time you paid attention to the little details of an artwork?
It’s always troublesome for new artists to find a style that they can stick to. The process usually involves countless pads of paper, different materials, and art books to take inspiration from. But when you finally find your style, you have something that you can claim that’s distinctly yours.
Young STAR: What made you decide to adopt this intricate black and white style?
Mady: I’ve been asked a few times if I thought about putting colors into my illustrations and I thought about it, even executed, it but I feel like I can tell so much more with just black and white. A few years back was a really hard time for me. The experience made me develop anxiety and I became such an over thinker that it became unhealthy for me and the people around me. It was only through the intricacy of my works that I was able to relieve and drift myself away from anxiety. It became therapy for me to forget what happened and to cope with the effect that it left me.
Where do you take inspiration from?
My illustrations are often loosely based on all the Japanese animated films that I watched. I have always been fascinated by their attention to the most miniscule of details, that the people who are watching might not even notice at first glance or at all. I wanted to present that in my illustrations. I wanted to invite the person looking at it to look more closely and to discover that the cluttered desk, the glass of water on the table, the books spread out on the floor, the unkempt bed have an untold story.
Can you share your top three illustrations with us?
[The first one is] “The Saddest People Tell Their Stories at 1AM, Tell Me Yours.” The windows in the illustrations represent a real person and the stories I’ve listened to in the wee hours of the morning. It is a series I illustrated after a conversation with someone. I thought that, people, as negative as it may sound, have always been sad but never really showed it. Or they have a sad story that they wouldn’t tell to someone at 9:00 a.m. over coffee or at 12:00 p.m. over lunch. Instead, they [show] their vulnerability in the wee hours of the morning to someone who they know is genuinely listening.
“NSFW Series” is a series I illustrated out of my curiosity with the idea of cheating on someone. Is it as simple as having lust for someone? Or is it more complicated than that? Why did he/she cheat? Can you blame the cheater if he/she felt that his/her partner isn’t exerting enough effort to make the relationship work? [And other questions which led me to think] why it can be wrong and why the cheater can’t really be blamed in certain situations. We are taught that love teaches us faith and loyalty but the idea of cheating can also tell us that love can also mean betrayal to someone we love or used to love.
“Japanese Series” is a series I illustrated inspired by my love for Japanese culture and sceneries.
What’s next for you?
I have a lot on my mind right now but one of my goals is to illustrate a children’s book. There is something about children appreciating your work. They don’t play pretend and they tell you firsthand if they like what they see or not and I’d like to create something that they will like and have memories of reading when they get older.