Making Every Project His Own: Why KIN TEI Is a Digital Artist To Watch Out For

by Joshua Diokno   

What’s admirable about 3D artist KIN TEI is that he doesn’t just treat projects he is paid to work in as mere jobs—he makes them his own. In world that demands authenticity and passion, what KIN TEI brings to the table is valuable as it shows professionalism and sets him to a path of constant self-improvement.

Let’s get to know KIN TEI in this short but insightful interview and see how artists like him help strengthen the 3D art industry.

Xeno Creatives (XC): We understand that with just about any craft, passion takes precedence. In your case, how did it start becoming a passion? Would we be right in assuming that you consider it a “calling” as a lot of your contemporaries do?

KIN TEI (KT): I have long been attracted to worlds created in comics and movies. Through them I can see the wonderful imagination of the world’s outstanding visual masters. I like copying their creations through paper and pencil. I am still honing my skills in imagining and rendering images impeccably. Obviously, this kind of ability needs to be trained for a long time. I shall continue doing so

XC: Was there ever an art piece (digital or otherwise) or artist who bolstered your interest in 3D art and motivated you to enter the space? When did you get involved fully in the industry?

KT: “Dragon Ball” by Akira Toriyama was the first manga I read and I can say that it opened the door to a wonderful world. Since then, I have fallen deeply in love with the characters and stories depicted in it. What I like the most about Akira Toriyama’s work is his almost-perfect painting skills. It was also at that time that I decided to enter this field for development. In 2012, I entered the 3D creation discipline and participated in 3D-related work.

XC: Now that you’re an active part of the industry, would you say you have a solid place in it?

KT: I would say I’m in a very good position. Not sure if I would call it solid as I think I have a lot to develop and learn to be an outstanding member of the industry.

The speed of various technological updates in this industry is very fast. If you don’t make progress, you will fall behind.

XC: What does your day look like in production?

KT: Now I’m outsourcing project-related work from a company. This job is full of challenges at any given time.

XC: What are the common challenges a 3D artist like you encounters daily in a project?

KT: How to more accurately express the needs of the project, seek balance, and go beyond what the trend dictates.

XC: We have seen your works on ArtStation and we were really impressed with your style. Do you have any favorite works?

KT: These works are all the roles I want to play; they can be regarded as intensive exercises. I hope that with every step, I will make progress and become better.

XC: What would you consider your biggest or most exciting project to date?

KT: I was fortunate enough to play a role in “God of War 5”

XC: If you were to market yourself, what would you highlight as your edge?

KT: I can say that I am good at body sculpture. I can turn every project I am involved with into my own work. Since there is no standard for art, there must be a form that meets the aesthetics of most people, and it is still necessary to seek a balance above the standard. This is something that I believe I excel in.

XC: If you weren’t a 3D artist today, what would you be working as? Most likely as a biomedical engineer.

KT: While I have worked as a car designer before, I feel I can only go in the direction of 3D.

XC: What is your message to other artists in these challenging times?

KT: As long as you persevere, you will make progress. If you keep going firmly, you will get closer and closer to your goal.

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