I am Sharon Liu, a graduate from the Royal College of Art in 2011. I specialise in 2D animation in a watercoloured, ink and wash style. I work in a variety of different areas including short film, commercials and online content. My practice ranges from illustration and animation to working with live action and clothing. I am represented as a Director by Film Club Productions for commercials. I’ve been lucky enough to have my RCA graduation film Within Within win the gold award at the 17th Hong Kong Independent Short Film & Video Awards 2012 and the best animated short at 64th Montecatini International Short Film Festival 2013.
Would you recommend studying at art school?
I would definitely recommend it. I continued my postgraduate education at the RCA straight from my BA. I truly enjoyed every moment while I was at the RCA. It’s a place where you will be empowered, just to go ahead with your dream and make something happen. I often wonder if it would have made any difference if I started my postgraduate after a few years work experience because my brain is more developed now. But if I were applying for it now, I would not be able to afford it.
Could you describe your typical day?
Check emails in bed, get up, make tea, turn computer on, reply to emails.
(Draw, make animation, amend changes for animation) x 3
Reply to more emails, watch crap TV and sleep.
What’s the best thing about being an animator?
You have the ability to create imaginary worlds where there are absolutely no rules.
What’s the worst thing about being an animator?
You have to survive by creating lots of imaginary work where there are many rules.
If you weren’t an animator, what would you be?
A textile designer
Any other tips you could share?
Enjoy your time at Art school as much as you can.