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Super Unique T-Shirts! The Brilliant Illustrations of Chow Hon Lam

Like unique t-shirt designs? Of course you do! Everyone does. Meet multi-award winning t-shirt designer Chow Hon Lam and his fanciful illustrations.  Whether or not you’ve read my post on 3 Awesome Shirt Designers You Need to Know, be sure to add Chow to your list of snazzy shirt designers to follow! I don’t know how I didn’t find this guy earlier in my life, he’s absolutely amusing. He takes totally simple objects and gives them a clever narrative – all within the brief context of a shirt. When I first found his work, I had to ask if he’d be willing to do a quick interview; he agreed, beware the giant baby chicken:

WHEN YOU STARTED DRAWING DID YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR INSPIRATION?

No, not really, I started drawing during primary school, when I was about 10 years old – and I realized

“ANYTHING AROUND ME CAN BE MY INSPIRATION”

– a cup of tea, a watermelon, or a giraffe, anything. I am always trying to create a story for them. I believe everything has its own story, even things you wouldn’t necessarily think would have a story.

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Lean – that’s a suave tower.

WHAT PERSUADED YOU TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL DESIGNER?

I really like  drawing and the support I got from people about my art was a huge encouragement to keep drawing. I feel so lucky that I can do what I love as a job.

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Summer Sushi – I wonder if the water fish are proud or jealous.

HOW DID YOU INITIALLY GET IN THE DESIGN FIELD?

I didn’t have a chance to attend an art school. My first job was working in a small design house as a part time final art artist, at about

“$1.50 PER HOUR.”

I started my design life there.

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Harvest – I can feel Bug Bunny’s envy from here

WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH?

All of my art is digital. I find it is very convenient and I am able to reach the execution I want. My sketching is also done digitally.

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Independent – perhaps my old teddy Scruffy would still be here if he only had such a daring and developed personality

MAC, PC OR SOMETHING ELSE?

Currently I’m a PC user. Mostly I am using Adobe Illustrator CS4. My designs are usually for tee shirt printing and Illustrator makes it is easy for me to prepare the file and make changes if necessary to the design. And I can enlarge to any size I want. I use Photoshop CS4 also when I need to do some texture.

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So Long, My Friend – never leave orange juice in the vicinity of oranges – where’s the sensitivity?

HAVE ANY CURRENT TRENDS HAD ANY INFLUENCE ON YOU?

Not really. I’ve been doing some pop culture art recently, I personally feel the old and classic characters work better. 

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Pizza Lover – go Donatello! I thought it would’ve been Michelangelo able to hang

WHAT UPCOMING PROJECTS DO YOU HAVE PLANNED?

I will put more time in my own brand Flying Mouse 365, and probably partner with someone to open a market in other countries. As for projects, I’m currently working on a project called Story Tees: some people tell their story through movies, novels, comic books, or blogs. For me, I’m telling my story through tee shirts. And of course, I will continue the popular Part Time Job series.

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Milked Out – fun interpretation of a pretty gross phenomena

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ASPIRING ILLUSTRATORS?

Just keep drawing,

“DON’T LET PEOPLE FORGET ABOUT YOUR WORK.”

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No Fun for Giraffe – Everyone thinks it’s easy being a giraffe, but Chow knows the truth – he knows the pain

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THANKS CHOW! I LIKE YOUR READING MATERIAL.

I hope you liked Chow’s work and even support him by buying some of his shirts. Do you have a favorite of Chow’s? You better!

Chow here! Get your Chow here!

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John Hansen

John Hansen

John Hansen is a Los Angeles based graphic designer. Loves typography and messy illustration. Digs cats, reading books and cooking. Blue.

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