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Yellow Lemon Cat is one of the youngest artists profiled in this issue but they are on the cutting edge. Yellow Lemon Cat is an artist that is part of a recent trend of Anime realism that has recently been spearheaded into the public consciousness by artists like Guweiz and Ilya Kuvshinov. Koyorin, also featured in this issue, is another artist like this and both of these artists are ready to cite Ilya as a primary influence.
The effect Ilya Kuvshinov has had on the art world the past few years is gigantic and you can see the ripples of his effect throughout hundreds of other artists. I wouldn’t hesitate to cite this kind of Anime feeling art combined with classical realism techniques is a legitimate art movement at this point and deserves notice by art historians, curators, and collectors alike. It’s an avenue and a format that is here to stay. Yellow Lemon Cat’s feature is actually going to be fairly short because Yellow Lemon Cat has only been producing art for such a short time that she hasn’t even built up a large body of work yet. I’ll let that sink in for a minute.
Last year (2016) Urban-Muse posted Yellow Lemon Cat’s depiction of a cosplayer named Elly and it reached around 8,000+ likes very quickly making it at the time the most popular/liked image on Urban-Muse that year. That’s when took notice and thought, wow, she’s for real.
Follow Yellow Lemon Cat and follow along on their artistic journey.
Urban-Muse.com: You’re a Vietnamese artist, can you tell us what it’s like creating art in Vietnam?
Yellow Lemon Cat: I think it is no problem to discuss, if you like drawing, just draw it. In Vietnam, I had several classes that teach basic drawing, so there is nothing difficult if you have a mentor. The most important thing is whether you have the money to serve your passion or not.
Urban-Muse.com: What Does your name “Yellow Lemon Cat” mean?
Yellow Lemon Cat: It is the combination of fruits and animals that I love, besides my beloved cat has yellow fur too so my nickname was Yellow-Lemon-Cat. :3
Urban-Muse.com: What do you do when you create art? Is there any special process? What tools do you use?
Yellow Lemon Cat: I’m just preparing a favorite milk tea cup, a snack, room temperature stability, and a wordless song, do everything you like to have the most relaxed mood will make your inspiration flowing in. That is what I wish, in fact quite hot climates Vietnam, so you must use air conditioning, which makes electricity rates rising in my house and my mother is not happy about that lol.
– There is no any special process, all you have to do while painting is just be patient, very patient, that’s all.
– I don’t use Paint Tool Sai so it’s photoshop of course xD And sometimes I used Lazy Nezumi to draw lines.
Urban-Muse.com: What Artists inspire you?
Yellow Lemon Cat: Ilya Kuvshinov, Zeronis..etc
Urban-Muse.com: Last year one of your pieces, the girl with the glasses, was the most liked image on Urban-Muse for 2016 for a while! Can you tell us more about that piece? Did you do anything special?
Yellow Lemon Cat: I’m inspired by a cosplayer named Elly, the first time I felt attracted to her is from the color, light and expressive all perfect so I drew a portrait of her. I also asked a few comments from friends and modify it to make it looks better. What took me the most time to draw is the coat of Elly, at first, I did not know how to draw it, but then I found a way that is drawn doodle every hair on the fabric. This painting also took me almost a month to complete it (because in that time I quite addictive LOL and the Witcher 3).
Urban-Muse.com: How do you deal with people who just want to be negative?
Yellow Lemon Cat: I don’t care what they say because it will affect your mood. if they like to talk, let them talk, and my job is just to keep drawing.
Urban-Muse.com: What are your plans for the future?
Yellow Lemon Cat: I want to travel to Japan to learn more about the culture that country, perhaps my plan to make more money and travel around the world lol
Urban-Muse.com: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to Urban-Muse and it’s readers!
Yellow Lemon Cat: I use google translate because my English level is poor, hope you sympathize! Thank you and have a nice day