Interview with Boxun Lin

Boxun Lin is a Freelance illustrator from New Taipei City,
Taiwan with 2 years of industry experience.
He likes to work with Photoshop.

What led you into the CGI/2D? Tell us your story.

When I was a kid I’m always under a lot of pressure, so I get used to drawing doodles to wind down myself.
Gradually I feel like I’m belonging to drawing, so I immediately made up my mind to be an artist for a living when I grow up.

Where do you go to get inspired? What/Who inspires you?

Usually, I will set a clear goal or purpose to do research. Based on the process of the experiment, it extends to be my new artwork.
So if there must be an answer, I will say that most inspiration is from my experiment.

How does a typical working day look like?

Generally, I woke up in the midday. If I have a project to meet the deadline, I will start working until midnight of the next day.

What does your workplace look like?

How do you stay motivated?

Understanding my talent on drawing, I still remind myself that I need to keep learning. I believe that there must be something meaningful beyond each of my artwork. Therefore, it’s a good way to stay motivated when I feel frustrated.

What is your passion beside CGI/2D?

My current passion is learning English and trying to use that to make some tutorials.
If I have free time in the future, I would like to manage the YouTube channel by sharing some process and courses about drawing.

How do you keep your portfolio up to date? Any tips?

Though I’ve already engaged in the career of the artist, I still keep doing some research and learning once I get free time.
Spontaneously, I will come up with a lot of themes inspired by my drawing experiment and try to extend it to a new creation.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

Mostly in Photoshop so far.

What Software do you want to learn in future? And why?

Maybe I’d choose to learn Blender. That’s because it can assist the progress of measuring more quickly when I struggle with a complex perspective and lighting in the scene.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

Personally I’m really fond of collecting the series of <Super Pose Book>. I take it as a reference of posture. If I wanna do some quick sketches, that’s truly useful.

What music do you listen to while working?

When I need to force myself to face challenging work, I like instrumental music with a peaceful melody, such as pure piano.
But personally, I’d prefer to chat with my friends if the work is easy to deal with.

Any advice for new Artists?

Seriously think about the reason why you choose this industry and the meaning of the creation for yourself.
No matter how difficult it is, will you still be passionate about it?
To achieve success, I believe passion is a crucial element to fulfill yourself.