A Cup of Tea with Joanie and... Maggie Chiang

A Cup of Tea with Joanie and... Maggie Chiang

Please describe your current job role...

I am a freelance illustrator, and do illustrations for magazines, newspapers, publications, and once in a while show at galleries, and do artwork for all sorts of things!

I work at home so I usually wake up around 8am, and get started on a list of things I'll be needing to work on for the day then I head off into the shower. I don't usually have breakfast, but once in a while I'll have a cup of juice or tea along with fruit (usually a nectarine if they are in season).

I have two very distinct memorable work moment, the first time was when I got my first editorial job with BitchMedia and the second time was the first time I got to do an editorial for the New York Times. After work, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend when he comes home (to our little apartment) and we eat dinner and watch TV together.

What's your typical Friday night go-to drink?

Hmm, Friday night I usually like going out with some friends and grab dinner. Maybe once in a while we'll grab a nice cold beer.

What can you not leave the house without?

Every time I head out of the house, I always have with me the typical keys, wallet, my tote bag, and I always have a sketchbook with me.

In your wardrobe, what item can you not live without?

Sweater/ Hoodie! I love comfy clothing, ever since I was in elementary school I had always loved wearing hoodies.

You're given a plane ticket titled 'anywhere!'... where do you go?

I have never been to Europe, I would love to be able to go to Paris, London, Venice, just throughout Europe someday!

What would your spirit animal be? Why?

I think my spirit animal would be a rabbit, I've since grown out of it but I used to be very timid and painfully shy. Like rabbits, I can be hesitant or nervous but also be ambitious.

What's your favourite book? Why?

I have a fond memory of when I was a kid, I loved reading the Roald Dahl book. I even tried to make a collection of all the Road Dahl books I could get.

If you could give your 16 year old self any advice, what would it be?

Just keep working hard, and don't let the words of others affect you, and just do the things that make you happy! (I was bullied during that age, and even been told I sucked at making art.)

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