Next on our Young Emerging Artist Series is Singaporean Justin Lim. Justin works with graphite, chalk and charcoal, and is known for his hyper-realistic drawings that create a new dimension of experience for the viewer.

Here's Justin Lim and his thoughts on living and breathing art.

1. How did you become an artist?
I always had interest in the arts since young but never really pursued it.

It is often said that the arts can't help you make a "living" which held me back and caused me to doubt myself. It was a crucial moment back then in my life when I had to make a decision as to what I wanted to do for my future career. However, I decided to take a leap of faith and went with my gut feeling to enrol into LASALLE. That was when I started to realised what I am good at and what I'm not.

2. Was there anything that encouraged the growth and love of art while you were growing up?
There wasn't anything in particular that encouraged me but occasionally I would have the urge to pick a pencil up and create something. Perhaps there was an inner desire, or maybe a calling?

Journey to Utopia by Justin Lim

3. Who are your biggest inspirations/ influences as an artist?
My biggest influence till today is one of my classmates back at LASALLE. I have always looked up to him and his works which really inspires me to push my craft.

The very first time I saw his works, I remember thinking to myself "how can human hands even do this?" Moreover he was a self taught artist before enrolling into LASALLE. His technical ability was so meticulous that it inspired me to pursue what I was already doing and to push my craft further. Years of intense practice and seeking human perfection has led me to when I am right now. I am thankful that I made the right choice.

Transcient (series) by Justin Lim

4. What makes you different from other artists?
Everyone is different, so are my works.

5. What do you see as an advantage of being a young emerging artist today?
There are more opportunities of course compared to the past generations.

Transcient (series) by Justin Lim

6. What is your biggest challenge right now, and how do you plan to overcome that?
Surviving. I do not plan to overcome that, but instead I embrace whatever comes.

7. What is the best advice you’ve received as an artist?
Believe in yourself.

To chat with Justin Lim about the art piece you have in mind to create, visit his artist page.