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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.