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20.10.2022

Raymond Yu: “If your work becomes your life, that’s when things become stressful”

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Hey there! I’m Raymond Yu, and I am a concept artist based in Los Angeles. I will say it’s been a wild ride during these times, but nonetheless, it’s been a great time working with various clients and studios. I love to tell stories through my design, and I love medieval fantasy and sci-fi. Besides art, I like to workout regularly, and I like to play basketball whenever I have the chance. One of my favorite things outside of all that is to cook and research ingredients. It feels like I am playing a game whenever I do anything that has to do with food. My favorite games are Hades (Supergiant Games) and Valorant (Riot Games).

Give some useful advice to your colleagues who are just starting out in the profession.

My advice to them is to never give up. The art industry is indeed tiring and discouraging at some times, but you need to remember your dreams aspirations since you first started. Get excited about making revelations and breakthroughs as an artist, and don’t stop learning. Also one more important thing that artist forget to do is to have strong work-life balance. If your work becomes your life, that’s when things become stressful.

What do you want to learn next? (in terms of software, engine, pipeline)

I have been slowly getting familiar with Blender a lot more. It is a an extremely intuitive program for artist to use to create blockouts for any of their artwork. I would highly recommend concept artist to start using Blender if they are interested in an efficient way to set up their drawings.

What keeps you going in this mad world?

I believe what really keeps me going in this mad world, is that I truly believe I am privileged to be working as a creative during these hard times. There are people out there struggling to find the smallest of jobs, and here I am drawing and honing my craft as a profession. It truly is humbling to think about the bigger picture of this world, and I push myself because I do not want this opportunity as an artist to go to waste.

What’s your dream project?

My dream project personally would be to work on my own story or game as an art director. For my career, I would love to be a part of Riot Games,and help with conceptualizing for their show Arcane. I have always respected Riot’s art direction with their games, but I realized how much talent that they truly have after watching Arcane. This was their first show as a game studio and they managed to receive so much praise. It would be so awesome to work on a show that truly breaks the norms of storytelling through animation.

Where do you find inspiration?

When I find myself low on inspiration or creativity, I like to take a step away from my workspace and do something different from my everyday (can be going to the beach or hiking). Challenging myself from my daily routine and trying something new has always helped me change the way I think, and I when I make breakthroughs as a person, it excites my mind and my hed comes flooding with ideas and stories.

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20.10.2022

Ray Song: “You need to be crazier than the world!”

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Let’s get introduced! Tell us about yourself in a few words.

Hello everyone, Iam Ray Song. I have been in the game industry for 13 years. Now, as a shareholder of 7 kingdom, I am also responsible for the research and development of a console project in China as an Art Director.

What inspired you to choose this profession?

I liked playing games since I was a child, I also studied art and was admitted to an art school. After graduation I engaged in the next-generation game art.

Reveal a secret sauce of your professional development.
Keep learning and don’t be stingy in it.

Give some useful advice to your colleagues who are just starting out in the profession.
No matter how difficult or bad your life is, please maintain professional concentration and enthusiasm for a long time. Just as the development project will be postponed, the professional development is the same.

Tell us about the project that changed you as a person.
I think it should be my first project: God of War III.

How do you see the future of the industry?
It was a very bad time, but the gaming industry was the best of times.

What do you want to learn next? 
The UE5 engine is so fascinating!

What keeps you going in this mad world?
You need to be crazier than the world!

How do you manage burnouts and unfortunate difficulties as a professional?
Temporarily become a workaholic and bury yourself with countless work. Don’t stop. One day you will find that methods and opportunities are always more difficult than difficulties. I want to participate in the research and development of the Naughty Dog, The Last of II. I have traveled to a lot of places and taken a lot of pictures. I like to observe different corners of the world very much.

20.09.2022

Khoa Nguyen:”Every good artist needs to do that step to do better and develop themeselves”

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I’m Khoa Nguyen, senior 2D concept artist who has been working in Gaming industry for 5 years!

My father is a traditional artist in my country, I was inspired by his oil paintings when I was a kid, so I have decided to become a digital artist because my life’s passion is drawing, I can’t live without it.

Actually I have no big secrets, just working hard and researching new things to improve my skills day by day so that I can go further on my career path! I think every good artist needs to do that step to do better and develop themeselves.

My piece of advice is to learn and develop daily. We face lots of challenges on our career path and the important thing is to learn, to listen and fix what you’ve failed in order to reach a higher level and achive what you’re looking for in you career.

Mostly because of my passion and of course, my family. I need to work hard everyday, face this mad world with a confident heart and prove to the people who always support me that I’m going the right way to reach the success and follow my dream.

My dream project is to work for a big AAA game as a 2D Concept Artist with a hardworking team. That would be a great achievement for my career.

I find inspiration every single day by all of the most beautiful and talented artist out there whoever they are. I just need a second to fall in love with a nice artwork and I and get inspired.

Here is my favourite artworks: