computer arts: my impression is that you love imagery from nature and imaginary settings. how would you describe your own approach and visual style?
deanne CHEUK: i do love nature and fantasy, so a lot of my personal work has those themes. when i’m approached for commercial work, often the client refers back to work that they’ve seen somewhere and then it ends up having some of that nature or fantasy element in it again. that is basically how it all comes about!
i describe my visual style as being generally many-layered and very laborious, but it all depends. some weeks my work is looking one way and other weeks it’s looking another. ca: what is it about nature and its patterns that inspires you? dc: i love the shapes and shadows, and the complexity of it. also, nature seems to come through in everything. even when i’m not trying to put it into my work, it sometimes ends up there.
ca: which other artists or designers have influenced how you think and work?
dC: henry darger is a big influence. his use of collage, found materials, watercolours and storytelling are things that i have been able to really relate to.
ca: you seem to pursue your own projects just as much as paid jobs. how important is that work to you, and why?
dC: it’s a very important part of my work and what i do. i have plenty of ideas and i like to be able to take at least some of them through to completion. i think it’s part of being productive and staying inspired and enjoying what i do.