F&T: Name something you love, and why?
My name. It's more of a motif, rather than my real name, but I think that it expresses me best.
F&T: One staple thing in your workspace?
My laptop. I'm never without it when working!
F&T: What themes do you pursue?
I pursue daily affairs and the feelings associated with them, including scenes of everyday life that I reinterpret.
F&T: Any memorable responses you have had to your work?
I remember the first drawing request that I had come to me; on account of the the fact that it enabled me to start working as an illustrator.
F&T: A real-life situation that has inspired you?
Particular places, and my general surroundings are very important inspirations. I like to visit locations I want to draw, and take pictures.
F&T: Favourite motivational phrase?
Live by doing!
F&T: Last thing you doodled?
I recently doodled a sketch for a new illustration work. My process goes like that- I continue to work on it if the sketch appears to be promising.
F&T: Where do you see illustration going, in the future?
For me, I hope I'll be working as illustrators do, across children's book illustration, posters, packaging and something more..!
F&T: Any tips for newbies on how to develop their own style?
I'm still relatively new but I'd say, really think through what your favourite and most attractive style is. There are many that I love but it's important to find what works.
F&T: Whose work do you admire, past or present?
My favourite japanese illustrator is "cocomidori." She draws simple and emotional illustrations with coloured pencil- they make an impact without including unecessary details. I really, really love the colour and ambience of any work that illustrates daily scenery.
All images belong to Chassam.