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Thomas Hsieh

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Thomas Hsieh Taiwan New Zealand comics drawing illustration NZ 3D animation Design visual effects artist illustrator drawing children books sketching story telling Thomas Hsieh Taiwan New Zealand comics drawing illustration NZ 3D animation Design visual effects artist illustrator drawing children books sketching story telling Thomas Hsieh Taiwan New Zealand comics drawing illustration NZ 3D animation Design visual effects artist illustrator drawing children books sketching story telling
     
Thomas Hsieh Taiwan New Zealand comics drawing illustration NZ 3D animation Design visual effects artist illustrator drawing children books sketching story telling
Thomas Hsieh Taiwan New Zealand comics drawing illustration NZ 3D animation Design visual effects artist illustrator drawing children books sketching story telling Thomas Hsieh Taiwan New Zealand comics drawing illustration NZ 3D animation Design visual effects artist illustrator drawing children books sketching story telling
     
Thomas Hsieh Taiwan New Zealand comics drawing illustration NZ 3D animation Design visual effects artist illustrator drawing children books sketching story telling Thomas Hsieh Taiwan New Zealand comics drawing illustration NZ 3D animation Design visual effects artist illustrator drawing children books sketching story telling Thomas Hsieh Taiwan New Zealand comics drawing illustration NZ 3D animation Design visual effects artist illustrator drawing children books sketching story telling
     
 

Biography

I was born in Taiwan in 1983 and moved to New Zealand for a better art education. As a kid, I loved drawing. I loved drawing characters on my textbooks and putting them into story. Comic was the biggest inspiration when I grew up. I studied in Auckland University of visual art, majoring in Design. I always tweaked my brief of assignment so I could try different style of illustration. I also tried to self-publish my comic at the time. After university I got into 3D animation, spent a few years working for different studios as an animator and visual effects artist. Life was good but I was not 100% happy, as I was not doing the things I wanted, which was drawing and making story telling illustration.

I illustrated my first book “Zoe and Jack go to Dentist” in year 2012. It really opened a new door for me, I really enjoyed the work style. Somehow it suits my personality and my art style fits right in. Over 2 years time I have illustrated 4 more books. I am really excited and can not wait to see what life will bring to me next.

My work is mainly all digital these days. Depending on the final render result I will choose between Adobe illustrator for something more modern and fresh and Adobe Photoshop for something more organic, with texture etc. No matter what method I choose to finish my work, a good drawing is the most important. I like to clearly get drawings done before I move on to finish.

In terms of art style, I think it comes very natural to me, it is like my own fingerprint. I do spend a lot of time seeking for knowledge of drawing, and practice it till it has become part of me. I keep seeking knowledge of how to do better drawing, use of colour and line to create better storytelling image. Style just comes along the way. That might be the part of reason why my art keeps evolving as my knowledge grow.

My favourite thing to do is cafe sketch - sitting in a cafe and sketching people around me. it is very interesting to see what people really look like and each one of them has different shape. Observing people from life helps me to find interesting shape on paper and create more character with personality.

Achievements:

  • Caples Awards Finalist of Best art direction 2014
  • MTV Plus me crowbar competition Finalist of best animation 2008

 

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