Ligang's mantra is simple: ''Life is hard, let’s make art.''
Ligang Luo, Brooklyn-based illustrator and story-teller, recently obtained his MFA in Illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Originally from China, Ligang studied sculpture, installation art, and woodcutting throughout his undergrad. Ligang’s artistic endeavors didn’t begin at college, though. “I’ve always loved making images. My dad says I made my first drawing when I was one. I loved to draw with charcoal, on the floor or blackboard.”
“When I work, I always have a story in mind. Some of my illustrations are wordless, but they still have a story behind them.”
In addition to constructing narratives, Ligang often works intuitively. “For each illustration, there are actually a lot of different versions – all done very fast. I don’t like images to be too detailed or specific.”
Ligang's aesthetics are notable with the use of bold colours and hues, pure geometries and forms, and subtle gradients. Those elements set the tone of the stories in his illustrations, almost creating an atmosphere for the viewer.