Tell us a little about who you are. When did you begin creating and working in the design and animation industry?
I’m Wanchana Intrasombat but it is easier if you call me “Vic”. I was born in Bangkok, Thailand in 1986 which is where I currently am living. I am a 2D and concept artist. My services include concepts for animation, game, illustration and character design. I graduated in 2008 in the category of Fine Art (traditional painting, oil color). From 2009 until now, I began teaching myself how to use the various digital painting tools and then received many opportunities to work on many design and animation projects.
What was the one key moment in your career that you feel really defined you?
I think that defining moment came for me when I received an award from the CG community at CG Society for “2D concept art and illustration”. Before that I had done a lot of personal paintings to improve my portfolio without any job/project offered but after I received the award, there were so many projects and opportunities offered to me. And my first opportunity to work in the animation industry came through an animation commercial when EmberLab presented me with a very important opportunity for both my spirit and my career in animation to be an art director for a Coca-Cola and McDonald commercial “Crabs and Penguins”.
Where do you work now, what are you working on?
I’m still working as a freelance artist and live in Thailand. I am looking forward to being a part of an animation studio in USA one day. I’m currently working as a visual development artist and character designer with so many studios such as EmberLab, Anya Animation and KiwiUp to name a few on projects such as an Animation-Feature film (un-public) , Fanta, KFC, and Pizza Hut animation and game commercials that I believe will be released soon.
What has been the most rewarding aspect or project you’ve worked on to date?
The most rewarding aspect for me is the experience that I gain when working as a team that has joined together with so many talented artists on the same project. I think both opportunities and experience are very important in this industry and I always practice to improve my skills so as to be prepared and ready for every opportunity that may or may not come.
Who or what do you feel has inspired you the most?
It is probably true to say that every person who works in the animation industry and produces animated films has inspired me because the films are are a huge inspiration for me. The most inspirational films are the animated films from Disney, Pixar, Dreamwork and Blue Sky. In regards to the artists who have inspired me, I so much love the works of Glen Keane, Hayao Miyazaki, Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo, Bobby Chiu and Christophe Lautrette.
What kind of advice can you say to someone who is also striving to succeed in this industry?
The first thing I would say is that it is required that you have a dream, this will be the power for you to be motivated. Ask yourself if you are ready to give 100% of your life for this dream and then keep doing what is needed and practice all towards what you love even if at times, it makes you feel sad or disappointed as this is part of the creative process.
What would you like to achieve in the next 5 years? I would like to be a part of animation feature film.
How did you first hear of The Creative Talent Network and what are your expectations and goals from being a member?
I have known about CTN and the CTN animation expo since 2012. After checking into it more deeply I definitely found this organization very inspiring to me. The Expo is the only event that interests me to attend because it is full of the most inspiring people that are accessible there. What expect from being a member is the opportunity to open myself, share my work and to get to know and make connections with the people who are working in this animation industry.