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Ricky Leung, Freelance Illustrator

Ricky Leung, Freelance Illustrator

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you: 

Ricky Leung.

Your current job: 

Freelance illustrator.

In which city are you located? 

Toronto, Canada.

A word to define what kind of worker you are: 

Passion driven.

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..) 

My pencil crayons which I store in a retro Chinese mooncake tin box, Procreate, Photoshop, and Netflix.

What does your office space look like? 

Cozy, comfortable, organized and surrounded with prints, art books, music albums, and some plants. 

What kind of music do you listen when you are working? 

I listen to a really wide range, from Western to Asian music, but definitely slightly leaning more towards quieter or softer music, such as James Blake, Daniel Caesar, Riva Jan, Yoyo Sham, Deserts Xuan, and Hello Nico. Softer music helps me concentrate more. Lately, I’ve been listening to podcasts more. 

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work? 

I simply make a checklist of what I need to accomplish the next day, and I will always finish the checklist no matter what, even if it means sacrificing sleep.

What tips would you give to improve productivity? 

Try your best to stay passionate. I’m most productive when I’m doing what I love. When I’m eager to see the final product, I work really hard and efficient to get there. I try my best to never put myself in a position to work on something I’m not interested in.

You’re better than your colleagues at:

I can fry a pretty darn good egg! I’m now trying to master the boiled egg.

What is the best advice anyone has given you? 

Stay true to yourself and do what you need to do. Everyone’s got a different path to walk. You walk your own. 

What is your best tip for saving time? 

Know ahead what specific movie you want to watch, or you will end up spending hours choosing a movie on Netflix instead of watching one. 

What is your routine start and end of the day?

A tasty meal and a tasty meal. 


Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not go without? 

My iPad, for drawing and movies.