Portland-based illustrator and graphic designer behind Sunny Side Up

Artist Interview with Lan Truong

What were you like as a kid? What did you want to be?

I think I was a pretty shy kid. I hung out with friends and other people, but I also kept to myself at times. I don't think I've changed much in that aspect. I wanted to be a doctor or psychologist. I actually majored in Psychology (and Communications/Media) in college.

How has your art evolved in recent years, whether it is your approach, tools, subjects, etc.?

I can't say that my work has changed or evolved much recently. I work in a specific way and in a specific style. It took me a bit of time to reach this place, and I see myself being here for a while because I like it here.
But every now and then, I'll step out of that place and experiment with different tools, materials, techniques, etc. just for the heck of it.

Who or what are you inspired by right now?

Other illustrators!

What is an important lesson you've learned recently?

It's okay to do nothing every now and then.

Whiled is about embracing downtime and slowing down. If you had one day with all the free time in the world...what would you do?

This isn't very exciting, but I'd spend the entire day watching anime while eating bánh mì sandwiches.

What does the world need more of?

The world needs more people creating positive change.


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Headshot courtesy of Lan Truong.