Chow Hon Lam, a 38 year old illustrator from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is November’s artist of the month. Hon, still residing in Kuala Lumpur, has been designing for about 18 years. He says that he got into designing because he likes to draw, and thinks it’s the main reason he became a designer, and why he is still doing it today.
Hon is the owner of Flying Mouse 365, a t-shirt and print store in which he sells his designs. You can view more of his work there or check out the links below to see more of Hon’s designs.
Hon was kind enough to answer some questions for us in this quick interview which you can see below.
Where did you land your first design related job?
My first design job was working as a part timer in a small design house, I still remember my salary was about $1.50 per hour.
Tell us a little about Flying Mouse:
I started designing tee shirts in 2007, and I used Flying Mouse as my nick name in this industry. The name Flying Mouse was inspired by one of my favorite childhood cartoons called Mighty Mouse, he is a mouse that can fly and has super powers. Mighty Mouse brought me some good times, I hope Flying Mouse can bring the same thing to other people too.
What made you decide to start this “Part-time Job” project?
The “Part Time Job” project actually started with a batch of 6 superheroes with their Part Time Jobs, surprisingly it received very good responses from people. I decided to continue this project and create more “Part Time Jobs” for them. Those superheroes definitely can do more jobs with their abilities beside save the world.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy movies, the gym, food, and spending time with friend and family.
Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Everything around can inspire me because I believe everything has a story behind it, and I’m trying to create a story for them.
What does your office look like?
Currently I work from home. It is a small room, which is good enough for me.
What design tools/software do you use?
My work mostly is digital art, I use a tablet, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?
Currently I’m using Firefox.
What are some of your future plans/goals as a Designer?
Trying to let more people know about my brand “Flying Mouse 365”, it is a tee shirt with a story, I call it “Story Tee”.
The main reason I chose Chow Hon Lam as artist of the month was because of his unique designs. My favorite project of his is the part-time job project. The part-time job project illustrates various superheroes doing jobs other than saving the world. If superheroes were forced to get a part-time job to pay the bills, this is what that job would be.
The project was very interesting and creative and I’m sure you will all enjoy it very much.
Iron Man’s part-time job would be ironing.
Captain America’s part-time job would be serving at a restaurant using his shield as a serving tray.
The Wolverine’s part-time job would be slicing meat at a meat shop.
Thor’s part-time job would be hammering steel at a metal factory.
Superman’s part-time job would be delivering mail.
Spiderman’s part-time job would be netting rackets at a sport shop.
Mr. Fantastic’s part-time job would be picking apples at a apple farm.
The Human Torch
The Human Torch’s part-time job would be roasting chicken.
I’m sure Hon will continue working on more of these creative graphics so be sure to follow him on his various social media accounts. Which superhero part-time job was your favorite or did you think was the most creative?