Ruan Jia

Colour and light help de­fine Ruan’s whim­si­cal style

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There’s a ro­man­tic, ethe­real feel­ing to Ruan Jia’s art­work that his friends re­fer to as “en­tirely glow­ing,” in which ev­ery part of the im­age feels like it’s im­bued with colour and light. “This is be­cause I love to add sat­u­rated colour to places where it is not sup­posed to glow,” ex­plains the artist.

At the heart of Ruan’s style is his abil­ity to con­trol colour. When he chooses the colour for his por­traits he’s con­sid­er­ing the emo­tion that needs to be con­veyed; red or yel­low to ex­press anger, blue or pur­ple for sad­ness.

“Af­ter de­cid­ing the key colour for the over­all mood, I con­tinue adding colour changes to my paint­ing,” says Ruan. “I love dra­matic light­ing, and I of­ten make the light fall on the fo­cus point, to make the main ob­ject stand out.”

While Ruan’s per­sonal work con­sists of fan­tasy il­lus­tra­tion, his day job is spent cre­at­ing sci-fi con­cepts for Halo 5 at 343 In­dus­tries. For Ruan, his per­sonal fan­tasy paint­ings are a form of es­capism: “I feel that it is a lit­tle bor­ing in the real world, and I love to imag­ine like I am in another world, see­ing many im­ages and in­ci­dents that can­not be found in the real world… When I am not work­ing, I draw what I like, cre­ate my world and draw my dreams.”­an­

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