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Meet George Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to George Park.

Thanks for sharing your story with us George. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Thanks to my mom, who often showed me animated films, I loved cartoons and animated films since I was young. I spent a lot of time drawing characters from it. But I was scared to be an artist after someone told me that artists cannot make much money. So, I decided to major in piano just because I was learning it as a hobby. I was about ten years old and I made a silly decision. Fortunately, I realized that I couldn’t live without drawing a few years later. I started to learn drawing but I thought I would be a fine artist until I entered university.

However, I saw the works of students studying animation in my first year at university. It was stunning and I could feel their passion. I still loved fine art, but I realized that what I really want to learn and do was a little different. Before I became a sophomore, I decided to study animation. I spent months making a portfolio while learning new things about animation every day. I thought I wouldn’t regret the time I spent even if I’m rejected.

Luckily, I got accepted, and now, I love what I’m learning and doing here more than ever.

Great, 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?
I went to an art high school in Korea. South Korea’s education system encourages competition among students. I always had to compare my art skill with others, teachers graded every work and most of my grades were a mess. It was hard to love my work and I felt inferior, I sank into a depression. I thought that art can’t be ranked, but it couldn’t ignore my grades and criticism from my teachers. But after I graduated from high school, I took my time and drew what I want and trained myself. Now I can tell myself that it’s more important to work and learn at my own pace. Everyone learns at a different speed.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think it’s observation. Art is based on reality and it affects real life. I need to observe the world, not only the world I know, where I belong, but also the world I don’t know well. I want to look into it and understand, then put various stories into my work. I don’t want to neglect or disvalue someone or something just because I don’t know them.

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