Colour and light help define Ruan’s whimsical style
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.”