We had the good fortune of connecting with Siqi Fu and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Siqi, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Give up I have no motivation to continue learning more knowledge or skills related to what I am doing right now.
I have no motivation to do my own personal project using the knowledge and skills I have.
I realize there is limited career development
I know keeping doing this won’t help me to become what I want to or to achieve the goals in the future.
I have no specific goals in what I am doing either in the long-term or short-term.

Keep going
I have the confidence that I will achieve a good result even if I am currently stuck on my project.
I am still very passionate with what I am doing.
I realize how much I can learn from people who are doing the same things.
I have motivation to do more personal works to learn and develop.
I have the goals in the long-term or short-term and I know how I can achieve them.
I don’t mind spending my extra spared time to learn more and practice more.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
How I blend cultural elements and integrate traditional stories into my art works sets me apart from others. I am very attracted to the traditional Japanese art and Chinese art. I have learned unique color theories and color combinations from them. For instance, I become good at using colors with similar brightness but different saturations. Also combining the colors from traditional art with abstract images or modern objects can turn out to be very interesting visuals. Moreover, I enjoy making films or images that are inspired by Japanese Youkai stories and Chinese Wuxia novels, because the words used to describe the scenes can always trigger my imagination. I like transferring texts to images because it can only be my own interpretation. In this way, I can develop my unique art style. I also enjoy learning lighting techniques and cinematics from Asian live action films. Take Shadow from Yimou Zhang and Dream from Kurosawa Akira as examples, they inspired me the communication among the visuals, the stories and the culture researches behind it. Thus, I can integrate the learning results into my thesis film making.

It was a challenging but enjoyable journey to get where I am right now. I firstly majored in computer science but was very attracted by art later in college. I thought I would appreciate the beauty of the algorithms all of my life until I attended a talk held by an Pixar member, Bob Moyer. He shared about the intensive research in Mexico behind the movie Coco, as well as the cooperation process among different project teams during production. I was fascinated by the stories and determined to be a part of animation industry. I felt free that day when I finally decided to switch from computer science major to art major; however, the real challenge just began.

Animation is such a big and mature industry, so I am very lost at the beginning. People around me keep telling me, the more specific I know what I can do, the easier for me to get into the industry. Then I began to experience every part in the pipeline of making a film to figure out what I would be mot interested in doing. At the same time, I also explored different techniques in making different medium of animation. Besides that, the peer pressure at USC is also a big challenge to me. Because most of my peers’ backgrounds are Animation or related majors, I had a very hard time to catch on with them and keep doing what I am passionate about without their influence.
The first very important lesson is to keep exploring and trying beyond the animation. I always believe the art comes from the experiences of artists’ life. I was inspired a lot by the fact that Van Gogh’s art works are deeply influenced by the prints of Ukiyo-e and his life experiences living in different places. Therefore a lot of traveling experiences with culture and art style researches shape my way of making art. I enjoy making art works which combine different styles and visual languages; from traditional to modern, or from Asian to European. Another very important lesson is that the more works I make, the better I will be. Therefore, keep practicing or learning some new skills every day becomes a vital part in my life.

In the future, I want to focus on making richer and more stunning visuals that are blended with diverse visual languages of different culture for title sequences and motion graphics. And I want to keep developing my own art style which can be influential to young artists’ visions.

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?
Day1: Rest and have a good meal like a hot pot.

Day2: Go to the Korean town. Hang out around the area of the pink wall. We can eat at some Korean BBQ restaurants like KingChang.

Day3: Go to the LACMA or the Broad during the day and eat in DTLA.

Day4: Hang out in Westfield Century City. Have brunch at Zinque or lunch at Ding Tai Feng.

Day5:Go to a brunch restaurant on a mountain called Cafe on 27, the view is excellent there. Then we can visit Santa Monica beach in the afternoon.

Day6: Eat Dim Sum in Pasadena and hang out in the Norton Simon Museum. Get a boba tea from Cha Redefined

Day7: Hang out at Naples Canals

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Niko(Zhiyu) Zhou She is one of my best friends who is making animation and art. She influenced me a lot with her creativity and story telling skills. I learned a lot from her perspectives about films and cinematic. She is my very important companion along the way of art making and story telling.

Website: https://www.siqiartworks.com/

Instagram: @sikiquu

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/siqi-fu-82974220a

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