I drew when I got tired of looking at the same pictures. I could draw all day. I looked forward to the first day of every month because my mom would tear off the past month calendar page and give it to me to draw on. I always filled up the entire paper quickly and waited for a new month to begin.
When I was 17, my family moved to the States. My high school art teacher, Mr. Morris, put me in a special art program and guided me to go to an art college. College wasn't nurturing as my high school but it shaped me as a commercial artist.
Some would say pick one career and stick with it. I went the complete opposite direction. I wasn’t trying to be rebellious. I was just very curious. I started out doing magazine editorials, and book covers. Soon I got into designing home decor and it led me to other work designing jewelry, bags, greeting cards, package designs and so on. I dabbled in sculpting giftware as well. I have never turned down any projects even if I wasn't sure how to do it. I learned as I went and it was exciting. For the last five years, I have enjoyed designing window displays and holiday installations in all over New York City.
A picture book about a fluffy cat was my dream project for years. In 2013, something inside told me to go for it so I did. I quit my job as a display designer and worked on my book full time. My story was picked up by Hyperion-Disney in the following year. The picture book, ‘The Very Fluffy Kitty Papillon’ will debut in September 2016. This has been the most fun challenge I ever had and I’m very grateful to be able to experience it.
I am currently living in New Jersey with an adorably plump kitty, Papillon. I still juggle different projects everyday as a freelance designer and I am loving it.
A.N. Kang is represented by Elena Giovinazzo.