Not many 16-year-olds are able to say they’ve acquired an audience of 1.8 thousand through sharing their artistic abilities. But Angie Pei can.
“Making an art account was definitely hard for me at first. It was really difficult to get it started, and many times I’ve felt very discouraged. But when I started gaining momentum, it really motivated me to create more art since I see all these people who enjoy my it! Having this new responsibility has pushed me more to enhance and develop my art,” Pei said.
“I've been doing art my whole life,” the teen artist explained. “When I was really young, I used to draw on my parents’ furniture, walls, and drawers. I would even carve drawings into the family piano!”
Just a single glance at Pei’s Instagram profile reveals that she works in a few different mediums: pencil, watercolor, marker, and even sometimes doodling on blank stickers.
“I'd say working in different mediums has definitely helped me develop my different styles [of] fine art and illustration. Using more simple mediums like watercolor, pencil, marker, etc. has helped me develop my illustrative style. It’s just easier for me to be more experimental and to develop a more personalized style.”
Not many 16-year-olds are able to say they’ve acquired an audience of 1.8 thousand through sharing their artistic abilities. But Pei believes they could.
“The most helpful thing I can tell young artists is never stop making art and never stop motivated each other. Making tons and tons of art is crucial to growing artistically. Pursuing art is a terribly hard path to follow. There’s so much competition and risk, but you can’t let that be a roadblock.
“Motivating each other—and encouraging other young artists—can motivate people to pursue their passion and chase their happiness.”