We came across Ricky Wu at Winter Con 2017. He and 3 of his talented buddies exhibited just beside us. We were very excited to see them all work together and voice their plans for their team. We admired their comradery and thought to ourselves that they are all destined for great things. At that time Ricky specialized in 2D animation and was just getting into some 3D. He was in somewhat of the beginning stages but has quickly advanced since.
Check out what inspires him to continue to delve into animation.
MY INSPIRATION by Ricky Wu
My name is Ricky Wu and I am a 3rd year Computer Animation and Interactive Media student at Fashion Institute of Technology. When I was younger, I first found myself inspired by an accidental YouTube search while looking for cartoons online with my friend. We stumbled upon this short clip of a few of my favorite video game characters fighting against each other titled "Dead Fantasy" and “RWBY” by Monty Oum. I was enthralled by the choreography of the characters and how they interacted with each other in so many creative ways. At this stage, I knew that this was what I wanted to pursue.
I’m currently working on an advertisement project for a colleague to promote his animated short story titled “Birth of the Hero”. My role in this project is to make a full scale model of the main character so we can rig it and animate it in a set environment. This project serves as preparation for my thesis which I will present at the end of my Bachelor’s program.
I participated in many different Comic-Cons including New York Comic Con, Winter Con, and Diversity Comic Con. I’ve participated in these Cons because I wanted to meet creators and artists to expand my understanding of the different styles of art; to potentially be able to network with different artists and learn from one another.
My favorite exhibition is New York Comic-Con because my biggest inspiration, Rooster Teeth’s animation team, goes to this Comic-Con every year. This gives me an opportunity to learn more about their work ethics every time I go for a signature. I also get the opportunity to meet other notable figures such as Sean Schemmel, Mark Hamil, and Tara Strong. Getting to see other people's art work is very inspiring. I've gotten the opportunity to meet different artists who became popular through social media and I've been learning from their methods of drawing.
I've had many amazing experiences working as an animator and meeting many creators within the space that share the same vision as me. It motivates me to push further and work harder to improve my skills as an artist and an animator.
We love your motivation Ricky and are sure that we’ll see some great things from you. If you want to see talent and watch his vision grow you can check Ricky out on Instagram @rickxrox