Interview with TZ

I entered the CG industry in 2010, when I was an animator, and after three years, I turned to be an original painting designer.

When did you start working in the CG industry?


Uh huh. I entered the CG industry in 2010, when I was an animator, and after three years, I turned to be an original painting designer.

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


I used to think it was very interesting to do animation, because it can give life to characters, which once fascinated me. As time goes on, I’m not satisfied with the models and the original paintings. I always want to make the characters look better, but this has nothing to do with my work and I can’t do anything about it. Finally, I couldn’t help it. I thought I could do better than them in the aspect of role design, so I turned to role designer. There is another reason for the game industry that just entered. It is because the animation industry in China is in a recession and the employees‘ income is very low. This industry is not valued in the society. Although it has improved now, it has not changed much for the employees, but there are still many people who love animation persistently. I admire them very much.

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


My inspiration sometimes comes from novels, sometimes movies, and some fashion shows. In personal works, most of the inspiration comes from novels and fashion shows, because novels can provide a lot of imagination space. Through the description of the author, his imagination will be aroused. With some fashionable clothes, he can design more fashionable and avant-garde characters.

How does a typical working day look like?


On weekdays, most of you will browse artstation, pinterest and pixiv in the morning to get inspiration and reference. Of course, according to the role copy, you can play games or draw some exercises at noon and enter the design work in the afternoon. One second to two-thirds of the working time of a day is for inspiration and reference. Try to keep thinking active, and only start working in the rest of the day, so the efficiency will be higher.

What does your workplace look like?


My workplace… It’s a mess…

How do you stay motivated in this industry?


Keep the motivation, this with more is from the heart like, to describe their dreams or inspiration is a very good thing.

What is your passion beside CGI/2D?


Besides painting, I also like playing go, fishing and billiards.

What Software do you use to create your artwork?


Most of the time I use PS, but when I work, I use 3dsmax and keyshot for efficiency.

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

想学的太多了,AE、UNREAL、Substance Painter以及对于CG设计有帮助的软件,人的欲望是无限的,但是时间是有限的,这个让我很头疼。

I want to learn too much. AE, unreal, substance painter and software that are helpful for CG design, people’s desire is infinite, but time is limited, which makes me headache.

Which books would you recommend to the read?

《The three body problem》哈哈哈,这是一本非常好的科幻小说,最近沉迷科幻的世界。

„The three body problem“ hahaha, this is a very good science fiction. Recently, I am addicted to the world of science fiction.