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Enfu Interview

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Enfu, a video game artist with cute, colorful designs tells us all about his life as an artist. Read on, readers!
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When was the first moment you decided you wanted to be an artist?

I think all kids want to draw, so I knew back then I wanted to keep doing that. I really decided though after realizing a normal desk job wasn't something I wanted to do in life.

Where do you find your inspiration?

In all things I've consumed as a kid, mostly manga and video games. Now my daughter is in the mix.

If you could work with another artist, who would it be? / who is your favorite artist?

326 was an inspiration for me, his style was so flippant, colorful, and memorable. It would be nice to be able to do some sort of collab with him. I love Takashi Murakami's work as well as the Kai Kai Kiki troupe members. I would love to collab with them too.

What has been the best moment in your career?

I would say getting to work on Scribblenauts Unlimited for the WiiU launch. I loved painting the environments, working with some of Scott Robertsons' opening cinematic animations, and getting to put myself in the game.

What is your ideal day?

Jog, coffee, draw, coffee, draw, coffee, draw. Something like that.

Solid day, we think that the world revolves around coffee.

Who is your role model?

It is hard to say I have only one, because I see around me many people I draw inspiration from. I'm drawn to peoples' energy and personality more than their work. I enjoy being around people who have 'can do' attitudes and empower people around them. I find myself wanting to be that kind of person as well.

If you could do anything, what would it be?

Well, I CAN do anything, and I'm doing it.

Why do you create art?

Why does someone do anything, for that matter? I have no idea. For me, it is something I just have to do to feel alive. It is how I process the world around me.

What art do you most identify with?

For some reason visual works that remind me of my childhood. Cute, colorful, whimsical, and unbridled. I think that is what I'm trying to replicate for my daughter, and for myself.

How has your art changed throughout your life?

Good question. I address this in my book Enfu: Cute Grit. Thanks for the alley oop plug opportunity. My work changed from being about my Asian American identity to being more about capturing my daughters' attention...and little did I know it, but trying to relive my own childhood.

What is your dream project?

I have many, and I'm trying to realize them all eventually. They all have to do with continuing to create whimsical worlds in any way possible.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

During orientation at Digipen (the school I went to to learn how to make video games), Claude Comair (the founder) gave a speech he often gives each incoming class. The speech was intended to motivate, but I felt it scared many of my classmates. He essentially went on saying how the person to the right and left of you will fail. You will fail, this school is hard. In many different ways he stated this over and over. I understood and appreciated his intent of scaring us into hard work, and motivating us to work harder. But what I also took away from the message years later, and maybe this was not his intent (don't know for sure), but to me I began thinking maybe his message was, in the end, "it is okay to fail." That berating was so memorable and intimidating, it stuck with me. I try many things, some things do well, some things do not. But attempting something you don't think you could do, and then actually accomplishing it is what builds confidence and convictions. So, I give myself permission to fail, and that allows me to be okay with trying many things. Once you're okay with failing, you've turned something people are afraid of, into something that is a learning experience. It is empowering. Give yourself permission to fail.

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http://enfu.com/
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