The August theme of the COFFEE ART CALENDAR is The Hangout and we chose this theme because coffee culture is much more than just the flavor and the process. It’s the social aspect of coffee that is just as amazing. Coffee is one of the oldest drinks that we connect with a social activity as it gives us a chance to get to know each other, to catch up on each other or to just banter about life and other things. How often have you had someone ask you to “discuss this over a cup of coffee”?
Dola Sun connected the social aspect of coffee with travelling, as she believes that the best way to spend time with friends and family is on vacation. She transferred the socialising aspect of coffee to a warm beach and got the conversation going.
Dola Sun is a freelance illustrator that lives in Brooklyn, New York. She likes to create illustrations with textures and graphic shapes and her work is done both traditionally and in digital form. The most attractive part of illustration for Dola is solving a problem with visual language.
Where do you live and work?
Currently I live and work in Brooklyn, New York City.
When in your life did you decide to follow your path as an artist?
That moment goes back to high school, when we had to choose between Liberal arts or Science. When I thought about my future I figured I can’t live without drawing.
What is your artistic background?
I learned artistic design for my bachelors degree, and got my masters degree in Illustration from Savannah college of art and design.
How would you describe your style?
Not sure if I have a certain “style” at the moment. I’m trying to do something new. Maybe flat, textual, emotive pieces for now?
What does your daily routine look like?
I’m not a early bird, even I would really want to be. My work day schedule is almost the same every day. This means getting up around 10 AM, feeding my cat and playing with her for a while. Then I get myself brunch and check emails while eating. Then I work from noon to 5 PM and I play with my cat when taking a break. After 5 PM I have a stroll to buy some food and fruit and then it’s time for some excercise, which means swimming in the summer or workout on my yoga pad in the winter. Evenings are mostly about doing something that doesn’t use up too much of my energy and after 11 PM I try to get myself into dreaming. I usually fall asleep at around 2 AM. And weekends - that’s time to meet my friends and hang out with them.
How do you create your art?
For commercial pieces I first read about the materials I need to draw and do a brainstorming session to come up with ideas and concepts. Then I make a few sketches for the clients, so they can choose which ones they prefer. After approval I finalise the sketches. I also do research on colors and references during the process.
Where do you find inspiration?
Travel, music or some random weird thoughts that come to my mind at any moment in my daily life.
If you could live in any time in history, when would that be? Why?
I enjoy my life in present, so I never thought about what life could be like in another era. If I have to, as a person born in China, I prefer to chose the time of the Chinese dynasty. It was the most blooming period for culture in the Chinese history.
What was your first reaction when you were invited to contribute to the Coffee Art Calendar?
I was so honored to be invited when I received the email. I absolutely love the well designed mug by Goat Story. It gives a brand new concept of drinking coffee, not just holding it stably in hand.
Where did you get the idea for your artwork for the calendar?
My theme is “The Hangout”. To me, the best way to spend time with friends or family is going a vacation together. The theme is not only about a cup of coffee but also about enjoying it with the ones you love. So I picked a great vacation spot for August, on the beach of an island.
How would you describe your relationship with coffee?
Coffee is my indispensable partner when I have to stay late at night, always keeping me awake.
Where can one see your work on display?
At the moment my work can be found on Instagram and in a book. A few products can even be purchased through my website. I’m organising a few new exhibitions that might be up next year.
ABOUT THE COFFEE ART CALENDAR
The COFFEE ART CALENDAR 2018 is an ode to coffee that is told through graphic art. From January to December it unfolds the story of coffee from bean to cup, while sourcing inspiration from the mythology of coffee, its fair trade production, exploring its social aspects and the amazing effect that the aromatic drink has on us.
Each month is represented by a theme that is closely connected to coffee, starting with the berry and ending with evolution while the story is told by 12 aspiring graphic artists that each contributed a unique view on coffee. The variety of styles and interpretations created a visually rich selection of artwork that will perfectly blend on every background, be it in your kitchen, living room or coffee shop.
Each artwork was created exclusively for the calendar by the contributing artists. By purchasing the COFFEE ART CALENDAR 2018 you are supporting these 12 aspiring artists and sharing your passion for art and coffee.