Creative Pep Talk Ep. 118 – Yao Cheng


A podcast of quick casual thoughts on finding your thing in the design and illustration world by illustrator and designer Andy J. Miller.

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I recently had the pleasure of sitting down and chatting with the wonderful Yao Cheng!

Yao is a watercolor artist and designer based in Columbus, Ohio. While she has been painting and drawing since the age of 5, her introduction to watercolor really began a few years ago while exploring new painting techniques. With this medium, the connection was immediate and it has since defined her painting style and marked the beginning for Yao Cheng Design!

We talk about starting your own business, Yao’s artistic breakthroughs and what it feels like when you’ve found your flow.

Yao and I will both be speaking at this year’s Midwest Craft Con, Feb 10-12.
Pep talk listeners will get a 20% discount with promo code PEP

Sign up to my online course, the CPT MFBA here:

Thanks to our syndicate Illustration Age, you can find this show at

Thanks to Yoni Wolf and the band WHY? for our theme music. They have a phenomenal new single!! It’s called Proactive Evolution and it’s SO GOOD. Go check it out!

Thanks to my man Nate Utesch and his band Metavari for all the other tunes!

Listen to more episodes:

Creative Pep Talk Website

Andy J. Miller’s Website





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Author:Andy J. Miller

Andy J. Miller is an American illustrator who works with the likes of Nickelodeon, IDEO, Chronicle Books, Converse, Sony, Smart Car, Mental Floss, Real Simple and Bloomberg. He's most known for his self-generated work, The Indie Rock Coloring Book, The NOD daily drawing project, the collaborative exhibit Color Me ______ with Andrew Neyer and his podcast Creative Pep Talk.

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