16-year-old Daniel Wu Rui Xian (from Taiwan) first realized that he was interested in art when he was in preschool. When the other children were throwing tantrums and basically doing nothing, he would always sit in a corner with a friend, doodling away with colour pencils on paper. When he started school, students were allowed to create art, using media such as clay and watercolours. That ignited his interest in art. Daniel felt that he could give full play to his understand in art, compared to academic subjects. This is still the case for him today.
Daniel’s watercolour painting of this lizard is one of our favourites. His techniques in pencil rendering and watercolour have never failed to impress.
This is Daniel’s entry to our MASH THEM UP art competition. Daniel’s creativity and excellent colour pencil rendering of his character, Domino, impressed the judges, awarding him with the second prize in category 2. You can see the winners and finalists of this art competition here.
今年Daniel参加了本刊的MASH THEM UP创意绘画比赛，获得了第二奖！他天马行空的想像力和色铅笔画功很受评审团的青睐。
Cat in Colours | Van Gogh
Colour pencil rendering
彩色猫 | 梵高
A Frog’s Adventures (3) | A Frog’s Adventures (2)
Colour pencil rendering
蛙旅游记（三） | 蛙旅游记（二）
Fish Market | Creative-expression: Snorkeling — Watercolour
4k 水彩照片临摹 | 创意表现 浮潜 — 水彩
Lion | Tiger
Watercolour | Pencil rendering
狮子 | 老虎
水彩代针临摹 ｜ 色铅笔照片临摹
Daniel created this piece of pencil rendering when he was in secondary school. It was done for his graduation art exhibition.
这是 Daniel 中学（国中）的毕业展作品—铅笔画。
Some of Daniel’s early work, which he did when he was in primary school:
Monkeys (watercolours) | Halloween (poster colours) | Birds (colour pencils)
这些是 Daniel 早期的作品，都是他在小学（国小）时创作的。
欢庆猴年（水彩）｜ 万圣节 （不透明水彩）｜ 鸟儿（色铅笔）
There’s no denying that Daniel is a true artist! We had a chat with him to know more about him, what makes him tick and what he likes to do during his free time. Read on to find out:
1. When did you start art lessons? 你是几岁开始学画画？
I began formal art lessons at my high school, which I chose because it offered art classes. After three years of art lessons, I gained a lot of experience and picked up a variety of techniques. Although I did not continue my art education at senior high school, I learnt much and got to know many others who shared my interests.
2. Who is your favourite artist? 最欣赏哪个画家？
My favourite artist is Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh’s works convey emotions, and impact the soul while expressing emotions intensely. His works display an unique tranquility on the surface, which contrasts strongly with bold, curved strokes. His artistic style, filled with emotion, holds a strong attraction for me.
我最喜欢的画家是梵高 (Vincent Van Gogh)，梵高的作品著重于情感的再现，其作品震撼人心，並強调感情的宣洩。画面总表現出一股特殊的宁靜，却与粗犷弯曲的线条产生強烈的对比。這种富含情感的画風深深吸引着我。
3. What’s your favourite colour? If this colour has a smell, what would that be? 最喜欢什么颜色？如果这个颜色有味道，那是个怎样的味道？
My favourite colour is aquamarine. Its scent should be like that of the waves, with the light fragrance of the ocean.
4. When do you usually do art? During the day or night, why? 通常在什么时候作画？白天或晚上？为什么？
I do art at night, as I am still a student and have to attend school in the mornings. I can only practice my hobby at night, after completing my schoolwork. This is also why I post images of my new works on Instagram in the wee hours.
5. What’s on your playlist when you do art? 画画时喜欢听什么音乐？
When I paint, I usually listen to Chinese and Japanese music. If I were to recommend a Chinese song, it’d be Matzka’s Back to the Roots (回到原点). Matzka is an indigenous singer from Taiwan, and his compositions and singing carry a strong reggae influence. However, this track is rather pure and simple compared to his other ones. The Japanese song I’d recommend is Dry Flower (ドライフラワー) by Yuuri. His singing technique is excellent and he can handle high and low notes with ease. The way he interprets his songs is also impeccable.
在画画时我通常会听中文及日文的音乐。中文歌我会推荐Matzka的作品-【回到原点 Back To The Roots 】，Matzka是來自台湾的原住民歌手，从创作到唱腔都能感受到浓浓的雷鬼风格，而这首回到原点有別于其他作品，反倒带点朴实及简单。日文歌曲我會推荐优里（Yuuri）-【乾燥花/ドライフラワー】 ，这位歌手有着非常优秀的唱功，不管是高音还是低音都发挥的很好，对歌曲的诠释也是无可挑剔。
6. Describe your artistic style. 形容一下你的画风。
I don’t think I have a particular style. I have lots of room for improvement in terms of style and technique. Currently my style should be one that leans towards softer colours, while I try to make my strokes finer and strive for greater gradation in light and shadow changes. I hope those who see my artwork can do so in a relaxed state and be fully absorbed in it.
7. Which one would you rather be, a sock or a duck? 袜子还是鸭子？想当哪个？
I’d be a duck, since they seem so carefree and placid every day. Everyone should live life according to their own pace and preferences.
8. If you are Superman, what super power would you like to have? 如果你是超人，你希望自己有什么超能力？
I hope to be able to teleport, so I can, with minimal effort, take in beautiful views around the world and experience their myriad forms.
9. Besides art, what other hobbies do you have? 除了美术，你有什么嗜好？
I enjoy listening to podcasts of ghost stories and lifestyle topics during my free time and when I paint. This helps me relax quickly and enjoy the process of creating images.
10. If art is a snack, what would that be? Why? 如果美术是一种零食，它将是什么零食？为什么？
I think it would be a sandwich cookie. Every artist’s work has different layers like a sandwich cookie, and the audience can savour each layer while gradually understanding the ideas that the artist is trying to convey.
11. Artistic people tend to be a tad weird. Do you agree and why? 搞艺术创作的人都有怪癖，你同意吗？为什么？
Artistic people tend to be more sensitive than normal folks. Those who study art are able to better appreciate beauty, and this makes us more sensitive towards our demands for beauty. These “excessive” demands compel some to gradually find their own style, and they appear different in the eyes of others as a result, but actually this is only because their perspectives are different.
12. What is/are your weird habit(s)? 你的怪癖是什么？
When I paint, I like to prop myself up on my chair with a lot of blankets and pillows, so that I can be nearer the table.
To see more of Daniel’s work, please follow him on Instagram @daniel1210ig, or click the IG icon below.