welcome to our new signing, Hingyi Khong!
Our illustration agents were thrilled to catch up with our new signing, Hingyi Khong. Determined to channel his creativity into positivity, Hingyi is a force of nature and a joyful addition to the Illo team. As a New Zealand citizen living in the USA and being of Chinese heritage, he is committed to engaging in an important conversation regarding diversifying the illustration world.
Read our latest Q&A to learn all about his dream project with Barrack Obama ...
Q: Hey Hingyi! We are so happy to partner with you, here at Illo Agency. Your work is so versatile, how would you describe your style?
A: My work is typography and portraiture based with a focus on animals, hand-rendered lettering and cultural icons. For my nature based pieces, I work with natural materials such as ink, watercolour and graphite.I render phrases and words with cultural significance using a timeless style to juxtapose their meaning within history.
Q: Amazing! It's fascinating to hear how you bring these techniques to life. How did you become an illustrator?
A: I've always gravitated towards illustration. It's a powerful form of communication. I studied Art at UCLA, then designed graphics for the apparel industry working with brands like Hurley and Nike, where I was a Senior Designer, creating tee graphics for eight years. Some of my favourite projects during that time included illustrations for the Olympics and the Super Bowl.
In 2018, I started my full-time freelance illustration career. I created posters for the U.S midterm elections, highlighting candidates I believed in, and watched as my work showed up all over the country. I also started to do more installation work, designing and painting sets for theatre. At the end of the year, I had the pleasure of painting two murals at a school in Tanzania.
Q: Wow, what an impact your work has created. What is your dream project?
A: My dream project would be to go back in time and work on Obama's first campaign poster!
Q: Hmm, I'm not sure we can make that happen! Why did you want to sign with Illo?
A: Illo stands out as a fresh new face in an established field. As a New Zealand citizen living in the Unites States and being of Chinese heritage, I was instantly drawn to Illo's commitment to diversity. The world is a diverse place and we have a responsibility to depict that. Illo is engaged in the conversation, working towards more cultural representation within the illustrators they hire and the work they promote.
Q: Lastly, do you see illustration as a force of change?
A: Illustration can definitely inspire positive change. No matter what is going on in the world, I can find beauty through creativity. Art is a universal that can delight, inspire, rally and unite people - no matter where they're from or what language they speak.
We couldn't have said that better! Want to work with Hingyi? Reach out to our team of illustration agents who can bring your creative project to life.
at Illo Agency, we pride ourselves in representing a collation of global illustrators, distinctly diverse in creativity and uniquely celebrated by like-minded clients across a range of commercial markets.