For this Meet the Professionals article, Layla Pacha talked to Yukai Du, a UK-based illustrator and animator, and a Central Saint Martins graduate.
She’s worked with a variety of clients: Adobe Systems, TED Talks, WeTransfer, Facebook, NY Times, CNN, BBC, The Guardian and LUSH Cosmetics.
What’s your job title and how would you describe your role?
Illustrator and animator.
What is a typical day for you?
Get up in the morning, reply to emails and go to my studio, work on the projects I have until the end of the day.
What skills/qualifications/experience do you need to do your job?
Drawing skills, 2d animation skills (both AE & cel).
How did you get to where you are at the moment?
I studied animation in uni, but I was always interested in illustration. I tried to design my animation like illustration, and it turned out I found a style I really like and am comfortable with.
Step by step, I just keep doing it and here I am.
What kind of person do you need to be to be successful in your industry?
Just be yourself, find something that suits you the best and keep working on it.
Who is your creative inspiration and why?
For inspiration, I do admire lots of artists. But specifically, I can’t think about a ‘Who’, it’s more like an experience, environment, culture, even a nice show/concert/exhibition to me.
What advice would you give a student looking to get work in your field?
Spend time on building up portfolio, your work speaks everything for you.
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