Ma QiYin is a digital artist devoted to concept art and illustration for video games, animation, mobile game. He is currently living in Singapore, working full time as a concept artist and as a freelance for several clients.
What is your background as an artist? What educational experience/background did you have coming into CGMA? Do you have professional experience?
After graduating with a Visual Communication degree, I have a strong interest in animation films and game design, so I picked up 3D on my own during my free time and started working as a 3D artist for several years in Shanghai. The passion further drove me to pursue concept art at FZD School of Design. I've been working as a concept artist in Singapore ever since my graduation from FZD.
Why did you decide to take CGMA classes?
I find that CGMA's instructors can give me their professional feedback which are very constructive in my work and process. Most importantly, I like the fact that they share their professional experiences with us.
What classes did you take and why did you choose them?
I took some environment and animation design classes, reason being I like the instructor's works and hope that I can learn some of their work process, theories and experiences from their work.
How did taking classes help you refine your craft and help you along your artistic journey?
The classes helped to improve my work process more efficiently, analyzing and tackling the problems which I faced during painting and designing.
What was your first big gig and how did you get it?
I was given an opportunity to do a freelance for FromSoftware's project after I finished the Environment Design class. I've applied the theories learnt in the class to get the freelance work done more efficiently.
Why would you recommend CGMA to another artist?
Comparing to what I've learned and how useful it is, I would strongly recommend.
Why is having professional feedback important to you?
I think the professional feedback can really help me to improve my work to the next level as they can spot and enlighten some points which I've missed out.
We would like to thank Qiyin Ma for sitting down with us and sharing his CGMA experience. To see more of Qiyin's artwork you can visit his website at http://maqiyin.jimdo.com/