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Cara Wang

Cara Wang

Cara Wang - illustrator

Drawing in a style that is natural, naïve and fun, Cara Wang is a New York-based illustrator whose works capture the feeling and fabric of everyday life with charm and innocence. The forms she creates are quirky, the proportions and perspectives improbable, but using characters, colours and textures the meaning and emotion shine through.
Cara’s inspiration comes from a fascinating source. Growing up in Guangzhou, China, her grandmother used to take her to the countryside to honour their ancestors. Where her grandmother once worked the salt fields, Cara saw bright patterns across the landscape, with oxen-drawn ploughs and farmers in clothes splodged with dirt and salt. This gave Cara her earliest notions of mark making and the idea of transporting viewers to different worlds. The beauty of this story continues in illustrations imbued with sensory elements – mainly evoked through Cara’s unique application of texture and pattern. The motion of cars and people, the scents and sounds of the city, and the candy-coloured clothing of New Yorkers today give Cara further inspiration, following the completion of her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Approach

Cara collects the textures of everyday life, from a grandmother’s dress to crumpled paper to trees and flowers. She sketches in Procreate, then works in pencil on paper, adding colour and texture in Photoshop to finish the image.

Key software

Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign.

Style

Naïve, authentic and full of nuance, Cara’s work connects us to the real world in unexpected ways. Full of detail and hidden meaning, her dramatic compositions range from the conventional to the unexpected.

Languages

English, Mandarin, Cantonese.

Client list

Cara’s clients include Philips, Forest Child Clothing, Phoenix Publishing & Media, Ronshin Group, Tomorrow Publishing, Campus Literature Magazine, Steel Rolling Pictures, Dimo Music Studio and more.
Traditional Lunar New Year festival painting
Cara Wang
Peaceful girl sleeping illustration for kid's picture book
Cara Wang
Cartoon depiction of a cute rabbit family
Cara Wang
Garden map of the countryside
Cara Wang
Cartoon artwork of stories from Grandpa
Cara Wang
Exploring growing up in a unique period of Chinese history
Cara Wang
Watercolor of a baby and mama juggling during the day
Cara Wang
The cute kids climbs the tree
Cara Wang
Cara Wang
Cara Wang
A Chinese flea market drawing
Cara Wang
How to run a sustainable florist business: Practical tips for success
Cara Wang
Dog park spread for children's book
Cara Wang
Black-and-white drawing of Temu's shoppers
Cara Wang
Cartoon illustration of farm girl
Cara Wang
Line and color drawing of a farming boy
Cara Wang
Kid's puzzles product by the company Pin Jie Le Tu
Cara Wang
The classic advertising slogan for Absolut Vodka is "ABSOLUT WOMEN"
Cara Wang
A short story about "The Meeting" by Alix Ohlin
Cara Wang
The story of a retired factory worker
Cara Wang
Collage sketch of people on the streets of Guangzhou
Cara Wang
Targeting Asian immigrants for a casino
Cara Wang
An editorial about Earth Day
Cara Wang
Painting of a smelly lunch at kindergarten
Cara Wang
Acrylic painting of a city explorer
Cara Wang
Cara Wang
"Life is Like a Map" series illustration by Cara Wart
Cara Wang
Chinese middle-aged and senior individuals painting
Cara Wang
Drawing of some funny Chinese faces
Cara Wang
Cara Wang
Happy holidays illustration by Cara Wart
Cara Wang
Christmas live concert poster for DIMO Studio
Cara Wang
Picture inspired by Louye’s film Suzhou river
Cara Wang

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