Ping Zhu is a Brooklyn based illustrator, her work is incredibly expressive and portrays a lot of energy. There is a certain rawness within her pieces as result of untouched brush strokes. Viewing her work has really encouraged me to embrace the rawness of traditional mediums, e.g paint strokes, lose ink drawings and when in context with blocks of writing it is a nice contrast. Alot of her work has either a white background or a dominant colour background, the notion of a dominant coloured background is something I would like to explore more and develop more confident colour palettes as a result.
I really like the way that she portrays quite hard hitting issues, e.g age discrimination, transgender experiences and branding. Some of her imagery is very powerful with a lot of exploration of scale and relationships between objects. This ability to explore more outgoing relationships in compositions is something I am going to focus on in the future.