Posted: Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
While the Redwood City office is our official HQ, Education.com also employs a large team of freelance writers, designers, artists and photographers from all over the country. In our Freelancer Spotlight series, we pay tribute to our many beloved freelancers.
Brian Chang‘s name is known far and wide around the Education.com offices. Brian started out adding his vivid, pop-off-the-page illustrations to our worksheets, but when we began production on Brainzy, his addition to the art team there was a — pardon the pun — no-brainer. Brian’s illustrations are almost tangible: bright and beautiful and filled with fantasy, but always with a whiff of the very real past.
Name: Brian Chang
I’m a: freelance illustrator hoping to have my own series of children’s books one day.
I live in: I am originally from San Carlos, California, but am currently living in Cleveland with my wonderful wife.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a (fill in the blank) when I grew up. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. Unfortunately my best baseball days peaked in Little League. I knew it was time to hang up the cleats when I managed to hit four batters in one game!
How I became interested in illustration: My interest in drawing was sparked by many influences. Two things that come to mind are my grandfather, who taught me Chinese calligraphy, and my second grade teacher who encouraged me to doodle, even in class!
My favorite thing to illustrate is: I like to illustrate happy and candid moments, scenes that bring the viewer into the drawing. I also really like cats, so whenever I can integrate one into my drawings, I usually do.
My favorite children’s book: The children’s book I cherish the most is a ‘how to draw’ book by Ed Emberley. What makes this book so special is that it was given to me by my second grade homeroom teacher. She even had Mr. Emberley write a few words of encouragement and advice. One day, I hope to pass this book down to my own children.
My favorite thing about working for Education.com is: the collaborative workflow between editors and designers. It really feels like a team environment, even when working thousands of miles away from one another.
Why I love illustration: I love illustration because it allows someone like me, who greatly lacks writing and oratorical skills, a way to express my thoughts and ideas.