Interview with Jun Lee

Jun Lee is a teachers and freelance artists from Qingdao, China with 7 years of industry experience.
He likes to work with Zbrush, SubstancePainter, Unreal Engine and Marmoset Toolbag.

What led you into the CGI/3D? Tell us your story.

When I was a child, I liked cartoons and games very much. At that time, I made a promise that I would make my own animation and game works for other children when I grew up.
But all this is just an ignorant idea, I do not know how to achieve.
It was not until I learned about Neowiz and Virtuos in Shanghai that I opened the door to the new world.

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

Inspiration comes more from your own life, you have to be an interesting person, then your work will be interesting.If you’re a dark person, most of your work is horror.
I can read more novels and photographic works to increase my imagination and composition.
Recently, I have been fascinated by the civilizations and fairy tales of various countries. I plan to study Chinese ancient myths from my own country. I am reading 《the Classic of Mountains and Rivers》

How does a typical working day look like?

Start with a cup of coffee and music!Ha ha!Mood is very important to me.
What does your workplace look like?

What does your workplace look like?

How do you stay motivated?

  • Don’t work overtime, stay healthy, and if it’s inevitable, try to schedule your time to exercise.
  • Be interesting, preferably if you have a hobby other than painting. If you’re not interesting, why would your work be interesting?
  • Achieving phased results, whether it is Artstaion’s approval or participating in a competition, will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you moving forward.
  • You love playing games and CG art.Nothing is more important than that.

What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

I’m actually a street dancer!Haha, maybe I’ve been dancing longer than I’ve been doing 3D art, I’ve been dancing for about 10 years, I’m a popper!

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

It means never getting hung up on tools and styles, and never being afraid to learn and accept new things.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

3Dmax/Maya / Zbrush /Marvelous Designer/RizomUV/Substance Painter / Photoshop / UE4 / Marmoset toolbag.

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

Now I am learning the knowledge of Maya Arnold and vray film and television rendering, because the models I have always created are game models, I want to further contact with film and television models, I really hope someone can help me, but fortunately there are so many online tutorials, I can learn these knowledge by myself.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

《the Classic of Mountains and Rivers》in China is really recommended, because each monster has its own story and origin, which is very interesting.

What music do you listen to while working?

I prefer funk and jazz or pure beat music.

Any advice for new Artists?

It can be difficult at first because there’s a difference between liking something and becoming a career.If you really love it, stick with it.
Don’t be disappointed by the negation of some people on this path, and don’t be carried away by honor.
Love is the source of power!