September 03, 2018

Artist Spotlight: Jane Wu

Designer, Animator, & Illustrator

Jane Wu has a style that is easily identifiable in every project she touches- in our time working and collaborating with her over the last couple of years, she consistently brings quality production value and heart into every piece she's tasked with.

Her desire to craft each animation into its fullest and often its most transcendent form--be it illustration, animation, or a combination of the two--allows for a smooth and detailed process, and an overall ease about her work.

She has delivered a range of projects from RFK to Preacher, and we love bringing her onto as many versatile and wide-ranging projects as possible.

Read on for a look into her creative process!

Preacher Face Face - Color & Composite by Jane Wu

Q&A with Jane Wu -

When did you first realize you wanted to be a motion graphics artist?
I’ve always been a visual person since I was really young. I loved making comics which led to traditional hand drawn animation and then eventually, motion graphics. I first wanted to be a motion graphics artist in college with my professor, Kalika Kharkar Sharma. She showed me the possibilities of After Effects as well as motion graphics as a career path. I was incredibly inspired by her, a successful woman of color in the field.

What makes you love what you do?
Working with other passionate people and collaborating with them makes me really excited.

What perspective do you bring to the industry / what makes you different?
My background in traditional animation really helped build my foundation for understanding motion. Understanding those traditional principles makes bringing life to abstract shapes and typography a much more natural process. They have also really helped my storyboarding skills, especially when there is a need to sketch out and design a more complex motion graphics piece.

RFK: The Kennedy Family Remembers - Animation by Jane Wu

What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
To keep creating and learning.

How long have you been a designer & animator?
I’ve been in the industry for 10 years already!

What/who has influenced you the most?
Battle Angel Alita. It's a sci-fi fantasy graphic novel created by Yukito Kishiro about a female cyborg named Alita. When I was young it was rare to have a strong woman in a lead role in television or movies. She had such a compelling story with layers to her personality and a great character arc. I was able to relate to her. She was fiercely independent, true to herself and protected the ones she cared about. She was the ultimate badass woman. Since I didn't have many role models growing up that looked like me, Alita was my role model. I felt so inspired by Kishiro’s graphic novel that I decided to pursue art as a career, in hopes of inspiring others with my own work one day.

The Purge: Better America - Collaborative Animation by Jane Wu & Alec Iselin

What are you most passionate about professionally?
It feels great to be a part of something that can open minds, educate, or offer diverse perspectives. The more connected I am to my work, the more passionate I feel towards it. I believe media shapes culture and I enjoy being a part of projects that have some level of influence on society. Though I also really just enjoy working on a creatively challenging piece!

Do you have any side-projects you continue to work on?
I recently finished my independent animated short film for a women/non binary/transgender animation anthology where the theme was challenging familiar narratives of fairy tales. I was completely into the idea of breaking gender stereotypes and had to get on board. I collaborated with a bunch of other women to complete the film and had a blast making it together.

Jane Wu - Personal Work

It feels great to be a part of something that can open minds, educate, or offer diverse perspectives. The more connected I am to my work, the more passionate I feel towards it.

Road to 9/11 - Animation by Jane Wu

How do you want to be remembered?
As someone who was passionate and serious about her work but also never forgot how to have fun... I really love table top games!

How do you determine the success of a piece?
A successful motion graphics piece needs to evoke the right emotion and be relevant to the greater context of the concept. The design and animation needs to be well crafted also, technically speaking, so that they work effortlessly as a whole.

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Preacher: FaceFace

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