Welcome to my e-portfolio!
I’m Helen, an aspiring Animator/Designer, and I hope you enjoy what you see.
A little about me, I am a senior in the Communications Design department currently at CUNY’s College of Technology. My main focus in the future is animation. I like to think of myself as a creative thinker that isn’t afraid to tell people my honest opinion when asked. Feedback in this field is what makes everyone’s skills and knowledge grow. If you can take in feedback and turn it into something positive, you can improve greatly in life.
When I was young, I wasn’t introduced to cartoons on tv like, Spongebob Squarepants, Mission Impossible, etc. till way later in my life. My first cartoons I saw was actually foreign animes that were dubbed in Cantonese. Fun fact, I am bilingual. Fluent in Cantonese (Chinese) and English, but studying Japanese right now. I grew up in the generation where 90’s anime, in my opinion, was the best. For example, Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailormoon, Digimon Adventure, Neon Genesis Evangelion, etc.
One of my favorite animation studios is MadHouse and Studio Ghibli. MadHouse animation aesthetics are what I hope to be able to achieve as a 2D Animator. Their studio’s work is crisp and smooth. Studio Ghibli’s animation movies are one of my all-time favorites. Miyazaki, the co-founder, drew the scenes by hand in the past and it gives a nostalgic and serene feeling when watching his movies. I’ve had the opportunity to visit the Ghibli Museum the spring of 2017. His mockup room was by far my favorite. The walls were covered with storyboards and character designs. It truly inspired and motivated me even more.
My favorite hobby is to travel, as cliche as it sounds, but it’s true. But I don’t travel to sightsee. I usually travel to what people usually refer to as “Geek” events, such as PAX, AX, NYCC, etc. I love going to these conventions to meet my favorite artists to see their panel and workshops. Fun surprises would be finding new artists to follow on social media. If I adore a certain artists style, I would most definitely support their merchandise 100%.