Hello, it is great to get this chance to catch up with you. I like to start all my interviews with a similar question: can you let us know a little about yourself, such as where you are from and how you got into the industry?
Hey, I also have to say thank you for letting me do an interview for your site. I'm Chinese and was born in Malaysia. I am skinny and live a pretty lazy lifestyle. I've been in the industry for approximately 10 years and my first job was doing some exclusive comic work for my local comic magazine. In those days I was just starting to learn CG whilst trying to increase my creative field. After that I started to do some illustration and character design for various projects.
So it seems that you must have worked in both the concept art and comic book industries? Which of these do you prefer? Also does your style differ between comic work and concept work?
Yeah, I love both, but comics are not that simple compared to concept art. With comics you have to clear the entire concept before you start the first page. Because of that I wouldn't do it as a main income project, if I had a choice. I used to struggle with the difference between comic and concept work, but now I try not to over-polish the work that I do in comics. This will save time that can be used to work on another page. Also too much detail in the images ruins the dynamics of the panel. Telling the story is the main point of a comic.
Are you a self-taught artist or were you educated at a CG school? I notice that you use Painter. Do you prefer it to Photoshop or do you use a little of both in your workflow?
In my generation CG art schools were not popular in my country and I couldn't afford to go to traditional art school. Instead I learned from everything I saw around me. My first piece of software was Painter Classic, which came with a Wacom tablet. I loved it, but since it became too old for new devices I changed to Painter 11 last year. Photoshop is also an awesome piece of software, but I mainly use it just for color adjustments.
When looking through your gallery I was blown away by the variety of images there. Are you influenced by any specific artists or have you developed your own way of painting?