Meet our new animation director

DeeKay Kwon

We asked him a few questions to find out how he started his career in animation and what inspires him!

When did you first realise that you wanted to animate?

I always loved drawing but I did not know how to animate. I randomly came across a software called Flash which I believe was the only tool you can use to animate digitally. I had no idea how to use it but I eventually taught myself how to animate a stick figure. I was instantly hooked and wanted to get into it more.

Did you go to college? Did you study illustration / animation?

I went to a school called the School of Visual Arts in New York City and majored in 3D animation at first. I later realised that I like flat 2D more than 3D and slowly made a transition to focus more on 2D.

 

Did you go straight into the industry? Or did you do other jobs along the way?

The school was very expensive and I had to take a year break after my second year. I found an internship at a production studio during that time and I was lucky enough to get hired there full-time. That’s when I realised I didn’t really need to graduate and decided to quit school.

Whose work do you admire? What inspires you?

The first motion design work that opened my eyes was from Jr.Canest’s  reel from 2009. That’s when I realised I really wanted to pursue my career as an animator. Later, I rediscovered other animators like Markus Magnusson, Phil Borst, and Emanuele Colombo who also gave me great inspirations along the way to becoming a professional animator.

What do you enjoy most about your career?

Just the fact that I can sit in front of my favourite computer and make art that I truely love is such a blessing. I have no idea what I would do if I didn’t get into animation.

What would be your dream job / project?

I believe I already have a dream job, but if there is something else that I want to achieve, it is to become an artist with a very distinguishing and unique style.