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Check Out Haiting Fu’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Haiting Fu.

Hi Haiting, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was born and raised in China. I have always been interested in art since I was a kid. My love for animation started in middle school when I began to realize the beauty of animation in The Lion King. When I grew older, I started falling in love with anime, including Attack on Titan, Gintama, Fate Zero, etc. I doodled whenever I got a chance, even on the textbooks in class. My parents didn’t want my talent to go wasted. They supported me to go to art school, although they do not know much about animation.

To fulfill my dream of becoming an animator, in 2013, I went to SCAD for an MFA degree in animation. I learned how to do animation both on paper and on animation programs, such as Toon Boom Harmony and Maya. Besides that, I also got a chance to go to Lacoste, France for a summer quarter. It is a small village in a breathtaking natural environment. I practiced my watercolor painting in a drawing class taught by Prof. Brown. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

I graduated in 2016 and I started an internship at Primal Screen, and it turned out to be a full-time animation job.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Learning about art is not always easy. It takes a lot of practice days and nights. Sometimes I feel that it is not going anywhere, or I just simply get tired. However, watching other people’s great art pieces can always encourage and inspire me to pick up my Cintiq pen again. Other than that, I am very grateful that I have got full support from my family. I would not have gone this far without them.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a 2D/3D animator at Primal Screen. My job is to bring characters to life on the screen and tell a story using body language and facial expressions. Sometimes I work on motion graphics and 2D effects as well. I love doing animation in a creative team, and I also love doing digital art illustration/watercolors after work for relaxing.

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
I love the varieties of cultures and foods, especially in Midtown, Dorvaille and Suwanee areas. One of my favorite things is trying different restaurants. I am very surprised and glad to find a lot of authentic Chinese places here that I did not expect. I have also got to enjoy food from all over the world. There are many events and activities going on all the time, such as Japan Fest. Besides, I love how beautiful it is during the fall season in Atlanta. I enjoy hiking nearby when the weather is cool.

What I don’t like about the city is the poor public transportation. Other than that, the traffic is getting worse every year. I am sure that I am not the only one.

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