Passionate animator, dedicated Community Volunteer: today, we'll be looking into the thoughts of ^kingmancheng!
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I graduated from university with a BA honour in illustration and animation, having worked at a different university for a few years, I am now a fulltime freelance illustrator and animator.
When did you start animating?
When I was a young teen I reckon! During that time of my life gif animations really took off all over the Internet and so many young animators at that age got ahold of free gif animation compilers, so although I can't give an exact age, I was pretty young at the time!
When/how did you discover deviantART?
When I was about 15/16 years old, one of my friends from school did graphics design work in his own time and uploaded it here. He was very good at it but he is no longer active on this site as far as I'm aware. So he got me interested in it and I started submitting my crappy drawings here!
Did deviantART inspire you to push forward with animation? Or did you start animating after you joined?
Not at all, I've been drawing for as long as I've known but taking animation seriously as a career started towards the end of school when I was looking for universities. The university I ended up going to had a very good reputation for design and the course I was accepted into, as mentioned earlier, was illustration and animation. When I first started applying for it I thought it would be a great skill to have on the side. Of course over time I had so much fun with it that I ended up animating as much as I illustrated. In fact for the past few months I've actually been doing nothing but animation projects!
What's your artistic process?
This is quite tricky for me to answer as I believe in approaching each brief differently, depending on what's given to me. But as a whole I make sure I understand what my clients want and make sure that deep down I believe this project can truly work. I believe if you don't think the outcome of your work is going to be good, it's really going to show in what you do. I then produce as many roughs as I can to ensure that I'm crafting the vision correctly for them and that we identify any flaws in the designs or ideas. And when the client is happy with the roughs I produce my finished piece(s), making sure I update my client regularly along the way, especially if it's a big project.
What's your favorite thing about being a CV (community volunteer) for the Film/Animation category?
For me, it's certainly the increased level of communication with the community. Ever since becoming a CV for this gallery people have been asking me for advice about their work, we've shared our interests with each other, and I believe both myself and the community have been learning from each other. Last month was Flash, Film and Animation month for #ArtHistoryProject and one of the things I loved most about it wasn't writing articles for the project, but it was the conversations I was having with everyone!
What's your opinion on the deviantART Film/Animation community?
I think we have wonderful community here, it is smaller than most communities but the diversity is amazing. Everyone I've spoken to is so passionate about what they do, as is the case with other galleries too of course.
Are you expecting it to grow larger, and do you think you'll have a hand in it?
I believe so yes, deviantART is growing fast so I reckon it will happen to all the communities. And maybe!
And finally, anything else you want to add for the readers?
I can't think of much more to be honest, maybe except to encourage you all to continue making animations and films! We're in an exciting time now where indie films have really been taking off immensely over the past few years, because of various factors like economy and budget. Keep working on your bedroom projects and keep submitting, the film and animation industry of tomorrow needs you!