Featured Pro Portfolio: Waiji Choo

 Waiji Choo is a concept artist and illustrator for film, video games, and theme parks based in San Francisco. Since he works a lot in landscape, choosing ArtStation Pro Horizontal theme was perfect to showcase his work.

In this interview, he shares how he got started, his best advice and more.

What makes a piece stand out to you?

The type of artworks that often stand out to me are narrative driven ones. It is always inspiring to see how different artists approach their narratives through composition, color and lighting. The ones I enjoy the most keep me thinking what the narrative or message the artist might be trying to convey. I like them because they allows everyone to have their own interpretation.

What experiences or training brought you to where you are now?

 While studying animation and graphic design, I discovered concept art. Since then, I realized that was what I wanted to do. I dedicated most of my time to practicing traditionally and watching digital painting tutorials online. Being in the entertainment industry I am grateful to have been able to work on various theme parks, games and film. Exposure from different genres and industries have helped mold me to be the artist I am today.

What is the best art advice you’ve ever received?

One of the best advice I have received is to let go of artwork that does not work. It does not matter how much time I have spent on it, but if we have gone too far from what the piece is supposed to be, it’s better to just start over.

Where do you go to find inspiration?

Most of my inspirations come from documentaries. I enjoy watching them because I get to learn how things work or are made, from ecosystems to cultures and their architecture. The more I know about the things around me, the easier it will be for me to reimagine them.See more of  Waiji’s work on his portfolio website. To learn more about ArtStation Pro websites, click here. 

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About the author

Sierra is the Editor of ArtStation Magazine.