Hi! Now I have to admit that I had a bit of trouble preparing for this interview because I like to start by checking out an artist's website and yours is all in Chinese! (I think - I must admit my knowledge of Oriental languages is non-existent so please correct me if I'm wrong). Anyway, that does give me the perfect opening to ask: who are you and what do you do for a living?
My name is Wu Xiaojun and I was born in Shanghai, China. I'm currently working for a games studio that mainly develops online games and my work is concept design and storyboard design.
Can you tell me about any of the online games you've worked on? Do you have a favorite project? And what kind of games do you like to play in your free time?
I've worked on games including The World of Legend and Magic Land. These games are mostly being operated in China at the moment. Currently I'm doing concept design for Shaft Legend, which I'd say has probably been my favorite project so far. In my free time, I like to play World of Warcraft.
Ah, World of Warcraft - that's one disturbingly addictive game! I still miss my pre-Burning Crusade level 70 Elf Druid... she was bad ass (Laughs). Anyway, moving on - we find that our artists have a real mix of backgrounds, with some having studied art at college, while others are completely self-taught. What kind of training have you had, if any?
I majored in Architectural Design at school, but I've always loved movies and manga so when I got the chance I took a job as an animator. A few years later I was lucky enough to get some film director training. So I'm basically self-taught and am constantly learning and developing my style in my spare time.
While there is certainly still room in the world for traditional art practices, it seems that digital art is the future, particularly as the world around us grows more and more dependent on technology. What are your thoughts on this?
Digital equipment brings us a lot of convenience when it comes to painting and designing, and in the hands of some outstanding artists this has resulted in a number of new artistic styles. It's a great tool, but I think it's also important to not lose sight of what we're trying to express when we are working digitally.
There's a really cool looking medieval comic strip on your CG Hub profile - could you tell me about the story behind it? Is it a work piece or did you create it just for fun? And do you have any particular comic book influences?