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Conversations with Gordon Sun

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gordon Sun.

Hi Gordon, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Growing up, I loved watching animated shows like Dragonball Z, Teen Titans, Pokemon, etc. and enjoyed playing around with my action figures like the ones from Power Rangers and Star Wars. I was so inspired by these shows that I started drawing my own characters and designed my own worlds, even in my school books! Teachers would get upset at me for doodling in my books but I was just so immersed in my world-building. It was so immersive to be in these worlds that were outside of reality and I ultimately want others to have the same experience. Today, I’m still a kid at heart but those experiences have shaped me to become the artist I am today.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely been a long journey. While applying for colleges during high school, all my peers around me were deciding to go to academic colleges and I felt very lost on what I wanted to do and where to go. I knew I loved designing and illustrating but still felt the pressure of going on an academic path to succeed. Luckily, my cousin introduced me to the Art Center College of Design where I can study and do what I love and also be surrounded by people of the same passion of making art. It was definitely a long journey in college to discover what I wanted to do within art and what I could do with the skills I learned. Today, I’m definitely a lot more enlightened on what I want to do, yet still discovering new content to create.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m currently a teacher and freelance Illustrator, concept and toy designer. My passion is toy design, specifically taking something two-dimensional into a physical creation and the minimalistic design of my characters is what I’m known for. Ultimately, I am most proud of the journey on how I got to where I am today and although there is still a long path ahead of me, there are many exciting creations that await. I believe what sets me apart from others is that I want to create art that I enjoy rather than creating for others’ approval.

What’s next?
My immediate goals are definitely to travel and meet new people, especially after this pandemic. My long-term goal is to set up my own toy collectible company to produce my own toys but also collaborate with other artists to help bring their visions to life too.

Contact Info:

  • Email: gsun101@gmail.com
  • Website: gsundraws.com
  • Instagram: gsundraws

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