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BIOWORKZ is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Los Angeles. Born in Taiwan, he's been drawing since he could use chopsticks, and is known for his highly detailed animal drawings. He's been a caseable artist since 2014, and we thought it's about time we delve deeper into this decorative world of his, and ask a few questions while we're there.
Interview with BioWorkZ
What three words best describe your work?
Ornately decorated animals.
What inspired your distinct style?
I've always been attracted to ornately detailed artwork, but Iain Macarthur really inspired me to practice this style.
You're obviously an animal lover. Tell us what your favorite animal is and why.
That's a tough question. I'm inclined to say " it depends on what category". The long-winded answer is: for flying animals; I love the Peregrine Falcon. For land animals; I love the wolverine, and for aquatic animals; I like the cuttlefish.
What do you find so compelling about the animal kingdom?
The diverse selection of animals from all over the world. They all have such unique traits, it always amazes me. For example, the way an octopus can camouflage and change the the color and shape of it's body is truly amazing.
What motivates you to draw such intricate and detailed illustrations? You must be an extremely patient person.
For me, it's a meditative practice. I am attracted to complex ornate artwork, but drawing it allows me to settle my mind and concentrate on making marks on a piece of paper or whatever medium I'm using. You would think that I'm a patient person, but my wife would totally disagree. Maybe it doesn't take too much patience to do something you already enjoy.
Whats your preferred drawing medium?
I'm really in love with the ballpoint pen because I love it's wide range of use. It's waterproof, I can shade with it! I like that such a simple, everyday tool like a ballpoint pen can be used to create artwork.
If you could meet anyone (alive or dead), who would it be, and why?
My answer varies wildly depending on my mood. But right now, I would like to meet Alphonse Mucha to see how he worked. That would be incredible!
What does the future hold for Bioworkz?
I intend to continue doing what I'm doing, and venture out into more fine art-orientated spaces. Also to work larger and larger. Hopefully my work is well received.