Rin Kurohana

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What is your name and your current occupation?
Rin Kurohana. Im an independent artist and character designer and just started to get into animation.


What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
I havent really done anything crazy before.. I was never good at anything besides drawing.


What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
Im currently working on a project based on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Aside from my personal projects i think this is one of my favorites so far. I always wanted to put my own twist to folklore and fairytales, so i started a new portfolio based on this concept when this project fell onto my lap.


Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
Im reside in Los Angeles. I started developing character brands and just wanted to bring my them to life.

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
I spent half my life nocturnal, so I sleep in the day and work at night.


What part of your job do you like best? Why?
My independence, I wouldn’t trade it in for anything.

What part of your job do you like least? Why?
I love everything about my job.

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis, how has technology changed in the last few years in your field and how has that impacted you in your job?
I primarily use autodesk sketchbook, adobe Illustrator, and toonboom animate pro. I always used pencil and paper and loved it, but when i discovered sketchbook it made them obsolete.


What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
I never know when my next pay day is.

In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?

Describe a tough situation you had in life.
My pink laptop broke down once. I had to spend a week at an internet cafe 10 to 12 hours a day working on a project. Skipped lunch, handled client complaints as i rushed to get things done.


Any side projects you’re working on that you’d like to share details of?
I have many personal projects, but i prefer to keep things “hush hush”.

Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
Im really not good at anything lol..

Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Practice practice practice.

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