We had the good fortune of connecting with Kensei Morita and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kensei, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
End goal was an idea I struggled to be content with. But I realized it was because what I want can’t be expressed by that term. I view the concept of an end goal as a desired result that gives purpose to the actions leading up to it. My choice to be an artist is motivated by my pursuit to genuinely embrace life. This pursuit is the principle that all of my actions and decisions are based on. It’s my constant intention. Making (x) amount of income or buying a fancy house for my parents are both goals, but not a purpose. I don’t have an end goal for my career nor my existence, but rather a concurring experience of pursuit and achievement of savouring life at every moment of my conscious intent – within this, I find myself feeling invincible.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a visual development artist. Although I am open to live-action films and video games, I am fascinated by animation as a medium. I feel that it is the most creatively free and powerful method of storytelling, and one that can speak to the hearts of everyone. I specifically choose visual development ever since I found out that it exists. As a visual development artist, I design worlds and characters with the purpose of storytelling. It was everything I enjoy doing but as a career.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Pretending that not all of my friends are local in the south bay, I would take them to one of many great specialty coffee shops that I enjoy. Offset, Hi-fi, Greendoor, Pursue Coffee to name a few. I would then take them to one of my favorite ramen places around, Umenoya, or Kitakata for really good tsukemen. I think the underdog out of all my recommendations comes from my girlfriend, who showed me a cambodian place called Phnom Penh Noodle Shack for the best kuy teav (ka-theow).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Of course, my family who only ever supported me and never doubts me on my path as an artist. I’m forever grateful to my friends who are responsible for the largest part of my growth that made me who I am today. The friends and acquaintances I’ve made in the creative field are the greatest inspirations and continuously push me forward: @mskanyeasada, @thyhuman, @crissellem, @seanevansart, @thanhuki, @vhuehuart,@susillystyles, @teeben_art, @chelseablecha, @choonhachat, @chewyjulie, @ningkamess, @eldricks_artbox, @djahangy, @kaleidokitch, @dirtfish_art, @catkim95, @cas3ywhit3, @zephyrzion_illustration, @cindyphung17, @silver378_fq, @tabbytoons, and many others but there’s just too many of you to list! I also need to express my gratitude for my art professors from Cal State University Long Beach, who were all wonderful to learn from, and I owe it to them for a big part of my growth as an artist. And of course, my super supportive, generous, and kind girlfriend who I’m so grateful to be with and share a profession with – Ashley @ghostleystuff.