Faye Hsu

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What is your name and your current occupation?
My name is Faye Hsu, i am a concept artist based in San Francisco:)

What are some of the crazier jobs you had before getting into animation?
Crazy job? hmm…..i used to be a model for photography.  I tried crazy makeup/costume to get a good photo shot.

What are some of your favorite projects you’re proud to have been a part of?
I am proud that i have been a part team creating <Green Haven> by awesome director James Parris. This is the first feature movie i worked on. It is great experience work with James.

How did you become interested in animation?
I have been interested in animation since i was a kid! I´ve been obsessed with cartoons as long as I can remember.  I Still remember how shocked i was when i watched <the Lion King>. How amazing it is!

Where are you from and how did you get into the animation business?
I came from a small city named LiuZhou in southern China. I studied illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I got recommended by my instructor for a job at a local animation studio.They need a visual development artist immediately, and my style totally fits, so They hired me. That is “How it begins”:)

What’s a typical day like for you with regards to your job?
Well, wake up at 8:00, cook breakfast for my family, draw/design/paint for next 8 hours for my work, cook dinner for family again, then work on my personal art until midnight.

What part of your job do you like best? Why?
i love very beginning part of a project! It´s the most creative and playful part of the design process. i love to design something that i can push personality. i highly enjoy it:)

What part of your job do you like least? Why?
i really can not find the part that i like least, as a concept artist, i think all parts are interesting!

What kind of technology do you work with on a daily basis?
i use photoshop for sure, and i prefer Wacom tablet over Wacom cintiq.

What is the most difficult part for you about being in the business?
To me, the most difficult part for me is be able to draw/painting in different styles. In the business you got chances to work in some projects, they might need totally different style, you gonna get used to it quickly, and provide artwork fits it asap. And working on them at the same time, it´s definitely a bit nerve-wracking,

In your travels, have you had any brushes with animation greatness?
I´ve been lucky enough to meet some really cool people, I met Coro from massive black, He was amazing and have inspired me in so many ways!

Describe a tough situation you had in life.
To me, a tough situation was 3 years ago i decided to be a art school student. This is a whole new world to me, I have to learn everything from Zero. I gonna say thanks to my sweet family that supported me chasing my dream, i am lucky have them in my life.:)


Any side projects you’re working on that you’d like to share details of?
yah! i am going to concept for my personally project<Kimchi Ninja>, this is a really funny story, i think i will have a lot of fun work on it:)

Any unusual talents or hobbies like tying a cherry stem with your tongue or metallurgy?
i am a terrific cook,haha.

Is there any advice you can give for an aspiring animation student or artist trying to break into the business?
Always remember your dream! Set a goal and force yourself to finish it, and set the next goal, Always, always try to improve:)



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  1. Hi Faye,
    Fabulous work. I noticed your comment “i use photoshop for sure, and i prefer Wacom
    tablet over Wacom cintiq”. I don’t know if you are aware but there is an on going discussion (Illustrator’s Guild group) started by someone about what Wacom tablet to use. A lot of comments seem to be pushing the Cintiq, although not all positive for the Cintiq. My question for you is why do you prefer the Wacom tablet over the Cintiq. Don’t worry I won’t use your comments going on in the Illustrator’s Guild group. A lot of people speak highly of the Cintiq and not many professional illustrators like yourself prefer a regular tablet.

    Look forward to your comments,



    • hey Paul
      thank you so much for your kind comments:)
      haha, i should mention that i prefer tablet is because i am allergic to sunshine, and cintiq will give me almost same rash…
      thanks again

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