Oolong's Art & Design


What does “Rakuyou” mean?

Rakuyou is written as 落陽 in Japanese and it means setting sun.

Why Rakuyou?

I like poetic words and puns. In my own mind, I made a tie between the words rakuyou and rakugaki, with rakugaki meaning sketch. It’s not that much of a pun, but oh well.

How long have you been drawing?

For a very long time. Probably since I was 4 or 5. I became more serious about it in 6th grade when I was 12 years old? I really wanted to be a mangaka during that time. And then in high school, I started painting and drawing with conceptual themes.

Why did you study design?

I have been drawing and painting for most of my life and I wanted to try something different and learn about a creative field that I didn’t know much about. Later on, I learned about how much of an impact design has on society and people and I find that incredibly fascinating.

Can you draw something for me?

I don’t do requests unless I really feel like it. But I barely have any time to sleep, so it’s doubtful.

Do you take commissions?

It depends on the timing. I don’t have much free time, but if I do, then I do take commissions. Just ask and I’ll let you know. I don’t have a set price chart as it depends on the project and how much time I think it’ll take.

Can you give me a discount?

If you want a discount, you will get discounted work. I’m a firm believer in you get what you pay for.

Can you teach me how to draw?

I’m not really good at teaching people without actually being there with that person. There are a lot of great online resources, but I highly recommend taking a class. It might seem lame and boring, but that personal interaction and having someone see your progress and be able to help you along the way is really helpful. And learn the basics before you go into developing an art style.

Have you ever made a manga?

Nope. I hope to someday, but I’ve never really gotten the hang of panel compositions and I’m so lazy when it comes to a lengthy project… That and I don’t have a full story to illustrate yet, haha.

Do you do tattoo designs?

Yeah, sure. Why not. Although it makes me nervous to know that something I make could be on someone for the rest of their lives (maybe), if you trust me to help you with that, then I’m happy.

Also, my high school aptitude test told me I should be a tattoo artist, hah. But to be honest, I can’t think of anything that I’d permanently want on my body.

What inspires you?

What doesn’t inspire me?

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.


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