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In Conversation With Artist Jie Yi Kuang

Brittany Valentine
Brittany Valentine
Posted on August 23
Pet portraits can make for a great gift! (@charandwhiskers/Instagram)

Pet portraits can make for a great gift! (@charandwhiskers/Instagram)

Jie Yi Kuang is the owner and illustrator of local pet brand Char & Whiskers. Kuang creates custom pet portraits, pet apparel, toys, and accessories, and clothes for pet parents.

How did you first get into art/sketching?

“From my earliest memory, I was always drawing, reading, and exploring the depths of my imagination. Since then, I’ve created murals, joined every art class in my academic career, was a fashion designer for a bit, and wrote professionally for nearly a decade. I’ve since traded paint for an Apple Pencil and illustrate and design on an iPad.”

When did you launch Char & Whiskers and how has the business been growing?

“I launched about a year ago with the desire to enhance the relationships between pet parents and their pets. A single illustration for a friend transformed into illustrating 1000+ pets and growing. What was originally just art is now expanding into other pet products that can be found in stores across the country.”

What’s your favorite part about being able to create art of people’s pets?

“When I started, I made a conscious effort to build real connections with my audience and customers. Because of that, I’ve been overwhelmed with the positivity that this job brings. I feel very blessed to work with lovely people from all over the world, hearing countless stories about their pets and how much joy they bring. It’s truly what makes doing this so fulfilling.”

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