Gu Zheng Wei is a digital artist based in Singapore. This guy is talented, hardworking and his story is inspiring.
This is one of those illustrator artbooks from 3dtotal Publishing made possible through crowdfunding. The Kickstarter campaign for this book was backed by 5,590 backers for a total of £311,608. Incredible.
This large format 152 page hardcover book features the character illustrations of Guweiz complete with plenty of first person commentary on his art career, motivation and advice for beginner artists. There are also several step-by-step tutorials which show his workflow and conceptualisation. There's plenty to insights to be found.
FYI, Singapore is a country with compulsory conscription and Guweiz served two years in the army. Serving the army is kinda mind numbing but this guy actually used his weekend to draw and practice. After he got out of army, he studied pharmacy in university but eventually dropped out to focus on his illustration career. That's discipline and dedication. He also talks about motivation in a way many can relate to. For example, he talks imposter syndrome and artist mentality, like how artists should not just copy the style of other artists, and just like everyone you know, he also has bouts of procrastination.
So this artbook is not just about art but a personal look at Guweiz life and the work he did to make him become what he is today.
This is a fantastic book for his fans and digital artists.
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