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Meet YueTong Tsen

Today we’d like to introduce you to YueTong Tsen.

Thanks for sharing your story with us YueTong. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am an aspiring visual development illustrator working towards a life-long career in the animation industry. My first serious encounter with illustration was during my AP Studio Art course in my junior year of high school. The rigorous and fast-paced environment spurred my interest in pursuing a career in art. Two years later, I moved to Southern California to begin my art education at CSU Fullerton, where I am currently pursuing my bachelor of fine arts. Aside from my schooling, living in SoCal has offered a multitude of opportunities for my professional development. I have been able to meet many seasoned artists, had work displayed in the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, and even picked up a part-time graphic design job. I am looking forward to graduating next spring, but for now, I am savoring my time as a student by connecting with my fellow artists and working on passion projects.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Breaking into the art industry is certainly an uphill battle. Since illustration is such an unconventional field, there are very little resources on how to become successful in your career. Luckily for me, I have a wonderful support system to help me navigate the business side of the entertainment arts and animation industry. However, I definitely struggle to keep up with social media. I believe it is important for me, as an upcoming artist, to have a stronger social media presence.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
As of now, I am only a student working towards my future career. However, I am excited to announce that I will be publishing a zine with a small group of other student-artists in the near future!

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
After graduation, I want to get a job designing props and/or backgrounds at an animation studio. Although the heavy workload will keep me busy, I hope to find time to illustrate graphic novels in my spare time.

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