After you view Hon’s portfolio you will definitely buy few tees. Chow Hon Lam is a very talented illustrator from Malaysia. He has been designing since 8 years and got into tee shirt designing after he subbed in his first illustration at Threadless 3 years ago. Since then he hasn’t stopped creating amazing designs. Visit his online store flyingmouse365.com, and continue reading to know more about him.
When did you start designing, and why?
I have been working as a freelance Illustrator since 8 years. I love designing characters, books and some covers. My tee shirt career began on 2007 after I subbed my very first design to Threadless. The response was great and it gave me confidence to do more of it. Now I love spending most of my time designing t-shirts.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Everything around inspires me. I always believe that everything has their own story, a cup of tea, a watermelon, a pussy cat, a cloud, or even a chair. I try to create a story for them. Maybe they have something to say, but just can’t speak.
How do you create your designs, and what tools do you use?
I usually spend about 6 hours to create one illustration. I start with a very rough sketch in Adobe Illustrator, then ink it and color it. Sometimes I use Photoshop too, depending on the amount of detail I need for that particular design.
Designers that you love and admire?
An Illustrator from Japan. Tatsuyuki Tanaka.