Each artist has their area of interest. Some paint, some sketch, some make music, some take photographs, and so forth. And even those that paint often concentrate on a method, or constantly paint on one thing particular like cutlery, pottery, partitions, and so forth.
However then I got here throughout Mew Hui of MewDoodle, who can draw on virtually something she will get requests for. Footwear, baggage, cups, macarons, and even desserts—it’s virtually like you may simply hand her an merchandise you’d wish to customise, and he or she’ll get the job accomplished for you.
“About 5 years in the past, I used to be sitting in a café and began doodling on my espresso cup. After I shared it on my social media, my associates began to love and touch upon it,” Mew Hui shared with Vulcan Publish.
“I doodled extra each time I used to be in a café with completely different themes, characters, tales, and once I traveled abroad, I additionally doodled on cups elsewhere I visited as a pleasant souvenir for myself.” Over the subsequent few years, she would proceed honing her artwork.
Her aha! second
Someday 3 years in the past, she introduced her artwork over from cups to attire and sneakers. She was visiting her sister in New Zealand sooner or later, and so they have been procuring collectively once they got here throughout a pair of white sneakers.
“I instructed her why not let me paint you a pair as a present. Since that day I’ve been portray sneakers continuous and have painted virtually 300 pairs,” she prided in her work.
Her work started gaining extra traction on-line, and he or she started taking in additional requests, which have been often to color on primary white sneakers. Mew Hui now fixes the value at RM280, and it features a new pair of sneakers, her artwork, and delivery.
These primary slip-ons aren’t the one canvas she paints on although. Mew Hui additionally will get requests to color on designer purses, which she felt have been the toughest to work with as a result of any mistake would price her a bomb.
Constructing belief together with her prospects
One factor about doing commissioned work is that you simply’ll generally come throughout tough shoppers who may give artists a headache in the event that they demand too many corrections, or in the event that they’re unable to correctly talk what the artwork ought to seem like.
To repair this situation, some artists set arduous guidelines for his or her work to keep away from getting taken benefit of, like limiting the quantity of occasions one can edit or change their work.
Mew Hui nevertheless shared that she doesn’t actually have any of those, and virtually by no means needed to do any corrections for her work earlier than.
“Usually, the client will inform me what they need or what they like, and I’d give them some concepts of what I feel would look nice. As soon as they comply with the thought, I’ll present them a sketch on the shoe,” she defined, and added that more often than not, her prospects belief her.
However for many who are extra specific about particulars or whatnot, she’d replace them alongside the way in which as she works on the artwork and ask for his or her enter as properly.
There are occasions when a buyer received’t know what they need, so Mew Hui would try their social media or ask them some inquiries to get to know them higher earlier than she proposes an thought. Normally, they’d love her concepts properly.
No stranger to portray on stranger issues
As talked about earlier, Mew Hui can work on all types of “canvasses” together with her artwork. Different extra common issues she paints on are masks, tote baggage, bowls, and so forth.
Nevertheless, she will additionally work on baked items like macarons, cupcakes, and desserts. She did notice that as a result of she isn’t a baker herself, she simply does these for enjoyable and doesn’t promote them as a lot because the apparels, baggage, and sneakers.
As a result of individuals might come to her with virtually something to color on, she’s additionally had her fair proportion of bizarre gadgets to color on like scuba fins, guitars, 3D collectible figurines, cigar instances, and extra.
Personally, what I discover most fascinating about her artwork is how there isn’t a hard and fast artwork type she has, which is kind of fascinating seeing that almost all artists often have a signature, recognisable type of their very own.
Should you look by her Instagram feed, you’d discover that she’s in a position to attract sensible work, comic-style work, cartoonish ones, and extra, which reveals how extremely versatile of an artist she is.
From ardour mission to facet hustle
Mew Hui truly runs a enterprise of her personal, and MewDoodle is one thing she does on the facet which she thinks of extra as a ardour mission.
“Typically, it’s a bit robust balancing my time between engaged on my artwork and operating my enterprise, particularly when the queue for requests is lengthy and a few prospects have deadlines like a birthday or an occasion,” Mew Hui instructed Vulcan Publish.
On common, she will earn about RM1,500 to RM2,500 per thirty days from her doodling work, however in the end it will depend on what number of requests she will get per thirty days.
Proper now, she’s in search of alternatives to color some wall murals (MewDoodle x Chaigo, anybody?) and even do glass artwork. “Something is feasible, actually,” she confidently stated.
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Featured Picture Credit score: Mew Hui of MewDoodle