Interview with Janice Chu

Janice Chu is a UI and concept artist from Irvine, CA, United States of America with 5 years of industry experience.
She likes to work Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch Up.

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

I didn’t know that there was such a thing called a concept artist when I was in 3rd year of college. I found out there was an internship that year at Digital Extremes so I tried my hardest to create a concept portfolio or at least what a concept portfolio looked like. Luckily, I got hired as an intern at Digital Extremes to work on the beginnings of Warframe. They waited after I graduated and hired me as a concept artist. At Digital Extremes, I worked on Warframe.

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

I go on pinterest a lot and search for a lot of real life objects, items, people, etc and try to draw it in different styles.
There are a few artists who inspire me:
Vasili Zorin
Alexandre Diboine

How does a typical working day look like?

I get to talk to a lot of game designers to make sure their needs are met when I do UI mock ups.

What does your workplace look like?

It’s really big! Blizzard is huge and I still don’t know my way around the place or what buildings we have. But it’s nice, clean and everyone is very friendly.

How do you stay motivated in this industry?

I always want to create something unique so most of the time, that drives me to keep trying new things. There are also people I look up to in the industry that motivates me to get to their level.

What is your passion beside CGI/3D?

I really enjoy adventuring lately, going out and exploring nature. I feel like sometimes that’ll inspire some ideas.

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

Just keep drawing every day! It doesn’t mean everything you draw has to go in your portfolio but you can get the odd piece that you really like that can end up in your portfolio.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?

I mostly just use Photoshop and if I need a bit of 3D, I will use Sketch Up.

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

I would like to learn more of Cinema 4D for graphic design purposes and motion graphics. I think it’s a very powerful tool and seems pretty user friendly so far.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

I’m not really sure what books to read. If you want to stay creative, I think it’s cool to read young adult fiction books. That always keeps the imagination flowing for me.

What music do you listen to while working?

I listen to a variety of music. I create playlists each month to keep me going each day. It ranges from classical, video game and movie soundtracks, remixes, eletriconic, indie, jazz (swedish jazz is amazing by the way), eletro swing. 40s music… A ton!

Any advice for new Artists?

Keep posting, social media has become a huge thing these days to get your work out there and to network. I thank twitter for a lot of my jobs and connections. Also be consistant, post every day if possible!