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Meet Susan Yung

Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan Yung.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Susan. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
I’ve always spent my time growing up with television, from the dramatic to the comedic. In the end, I always ended up watching animated shows, and I just fell in love with the wide range of stories that were shown. I was that kid in school that drew a lot, I knew I always wanted to become an artist in the animation industry. After high school, I traveled all the way from Hong Kong to the US to study this field!

I started out in motion graphics as a Designer in a small studio. I learned a lot of what it means to become a professional artist and be open-minded about exploring mediums. Eventually, I moved from being full time in a studio to a freelancer working with a wide variety of clients.

Although it was freeing to be working on your own schedule and learning how to handle the business side of art; I still really wanted to open up the possibility of working in Television Animation. After months of testing and finding the right opening, I landed my first gig as a Background Painter!

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?
Oh no! I wish it was smooth, but then again it wouldn’t be as rewarding! I was a hopeful college graduate and was hoping to land my dream job in feature film or television. But I never expected to work in motion graphics/advertising as my first gig. It seems completely different, but all the skills I learned applied and I am grateful to have learned even more than I could ever imagine.

Being part of an in-house team at a small studio taught me about myself as an artist and that I can be flexible. I am also really thankful for the experiences I have had as a freelance artist. It was tough at first because I was used to a schedule and people telling me what to do exactly that I didn’t understand how to handle this ‘freedom.’

It was intimidating, and I had a lot of trouble being vocal at first, but it eventually toughened me up and gave me this new found confidence of who I am as an artist. There were times where I wasn’t working for weeks, but that gave me the courage to keep pushing until the next new thing.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a Painter/Designer, and I am known mostly for my landscape paintings. Most of the work I do is digital but being able to use traditional mediums is very soothing. I tend to get lost in digital work because I sometimes associate it with work, but every time I get to paint with gouache, I feel like whatever I am working on is in my terms.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
The food! I am from Hong Kong and food is a big part of our culture. My grandpa uses to take me to street food stores, and they sell egg waffles. You can smell them a mile away, and it lures you! The vanilla buttery smells are very hard to resist, they are always served warm too!

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