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.
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.
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