I’m a Character Designer and 2D Concept Artist/Illustrator for Games and Animation.
I get excited about visual storytelling!
I blog and reflect about my art journey at my blog.
I podcast about Art & Life lessons at the Hermit Burpcast.
I BurpTalk about Games & Entertainment on YouTube.
You may recall my GCAP Speaker BurpDoodles.
Or my full recap post about Melbourne International Games Week 2015.
Introduction aside, I’ll briefly talk about why I do what I do.
Why am I an artist for Games & Animation?
I made a career change.
I finally accepted who I really wanted to be.
I had the resolve to actually fight to do what I believe in.
It has been a long mental battle against all the conditioning that a creative career was statistically almost an impossibility. Objectively, this is true. Plus, I had no support network or role model to encourage me otherwise. Drawing is a worthless skill to have apparently. Believed I have to simply be miserable and somehow exist for the rest of my life. Certainly a shared experience by many!
Things only clicked when I could not pretend anymore.
As much as it is admirable to lead future generations, being a Maths & I.T. high school teacher was definitely not my strength. Namely managing rebellious teenagers as an introverted and quiet individual.
Ultimately because of this, I was not respected as a teacher by most of my colleagues and students.
I was tired of hating myself and feeling worthless as a human being.
Of being a failure despite countless feedback sessions and teaching approaches.
Of being sleep deprived and finding no joy or time for anything else.
Of my own stubbornness. For believing that I can make anything I do, work.
Of sinking in this self-made prison.
As much as I care about them, I cannot live my life trying to please my traditional parents.
As much as I love learning, I had to accept that I did not belong as a high school teacher.
I need to take back some control of my life.
Off I went to explore what to do with my love for BurpDoodling.
For once, I felt free.
I’ll stop my abridged story here as I go further on my blog & podcast.
But my cheesy takeaways for you?
Take control of your life.
Love, respect and believe in yourself.
Don’t give up completely.
Keep learning with an open mind.
Currently I juggle with personal projects & learning. Plus I do art for an upcoming visual novel called Maid with Love.
My Ambitious Mission for BurpAvatars is to draw as many cool industry people I know and/or admire! By the 4th of December, openings for input will close. But the form for updates alone will remain open!
Thanks for reading!