1. What’s your story? Where are you from?
Hi, I am Chu-Chieh Lee, 27 years old and I am a motion graphic designer in Taiwan. I love design, illustration and animation. My artistic training started in elementary school and I learned animation in college. After graduated from school, I chose motion graphics as my profession. Art and drawing are always the crucial parts of my life.
2. Tell us about your aesthetic.
Most of my work shows a lot of bold color, geometry shapes, lines and brushes elements. I love simple but detailed style, so that I’ve been trying so hard to make it my personal feature.
I think my aesthetic has been influenced by many perspectives, such as artistic training, passions of graphic design and the experience of animation…etc. The bold and energy of Western contemporary design and art varies my art. I learned a lot of American mid-century design from my last job and I really like it. I love Bauhaus and De Stijl style as well. Eastern traditional art such as Chinese calligraphy and ink painting also plays a crucial role on my creative path. It emphasizes the importance of lingering charm and Chi. I believe all these features show up in my works from time to time.
3. What is your favourite medium and why?
To make the process from drawing to animation easier, I use computer as my main medium. I also have a Wacom Cintiq tablet to make my production more efficient. Adobe photoshop and illustrator are softwares I use most of the times.
為了方便繪圖到動畫的流程，主要還是使用電腦為創作媒材，除了電腦還有手繪板、Wacom繪圖螢幕，常用的軟體為Adobe Photoshop 和 Illustrator。
4. What is your artistic process like?
It depends. I usually sketch first. After trying several ideas and compositions on paper, I scan my sketches into the computer and then finish coloring. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty, sometimes I just create elements by hands.
5. Who and/or what inspires your work?
I get inspirations from everything from my daily life such as traveling, photography, movies, music, exhibitions, magazines or books. I like to draw down things/people who I love or the statue that I really want to be in. I also enjoy contemporary art and get inspirations from it.
6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?
Art really plays a huge role in my life. I guess It may make me become more observant of the details and make the world full of beauty and fun. I actually can’t imagine the world without it.
7. Where did you study?
I studied in animation as my major in college based in Taiwan,Taipei. After college, I’ve learn a lot about motion graphics. I consider myself as a self-taught designer/illustrator.
8. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hard question….hope I could travel around the world with my pen and skills? (or just travel around the world)
9. What about in ten?
Just keep learning new stuff passionately, exploring….try not to be boring or feel bored.
10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?
I hope I could bring perspectives and skills of design, illustration and art that I’ve learned so far into my motion graphics works. Let work communicate and express by itself not only through visual languages but also through time and sound/music, solving problems in a clever way.
11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?
All of Taiwanese foods.
12. Favourite book?
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami.
13. Favourite genre of music?
Indie everything, electronic, rock, jazz… My range is quite board.
14. What are your hobbies?
Gardening, hanging out with friends,watching movies, reading, traveling, dancing with my two left feet.
15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
Maybe a fashion designer or a singer?