Industrial Brothers would like to introduce you to one of our talented artists – Rohan Oka!
Rohan is a Senior Surfacing Artist working alongside a team of Surfacers on one of our new animated action-adventure series “Daniel Spellbound“, but he is also a very talented photographer (or ‘phonographer’) who loves writing, illustrating and sketching in his spare time.
Above are a few pieces of Rohan’s artwork, and get to know him better below!
What inspired you to work in animation?
In contrast to realism, animation allows you to push your art and style in various ways. For me, the challenge and joy of working on stylized art and texture keep me inspired. On a side note, having worked on some VFX shows has allowed me to appreciate both media types.
What is your favourite thing about what you do?
I get to add life and colour to some fantastic 3D models.
What is a ‘fun fact’ about you that most people don’t know?
At one of my previous studios, my colleagues pushed me to have some makeup done during an outdoor “fun and learn day.” The makeup artist made me half Korean Star, half Homeless guy. It was the most fun I have had. This event helped me improve my CG character texturing skills which I use in my work till today.
Are there any other creative disciplines you do in your spare time?
I like to write short stories, which I will eventually release to the public.
Phono-graphy – This is one of my favourites. The benefit of using the phone is that you can quickly capture a fleeting moment. With the advancement in computational photography, the gap between a DSLR and a phone camera is shrinking.
Illustration and Sketching – There was a time when I had trouble in my personal life, and illustrating helped me cope. Since then, I have been doing some sketches and illustrations to pass the time.
Is there any accomplishment you’re particularly proud of?
The sum of all the work I contributed to in the last 15-16 years and working with some incredible artists has given me joy and a sense of achievement. The work done on shows and movies like: Daniel Spellbound, Nut Job 2, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Puss in Boots, Madagascar 3, Expanse, Into the Badlands, etc., gave me a lot of memories to cherish. On the whole, the feeling of being part of something bigger than myself is heartwarming.
Do you have a tip or piece of advice for aspiring artists?
Try to have fun doing what you do. It will go a long way in your career. After all, we are the ones who entertain and bring joy to others. Also, I’d like to mention for introverts just like me, it’s possible to go far in your careers as your artwork will communicate on your behalf.
Thank you Rohan! We love having you on Team Industrial Brothers, and appreciate your hard work.