Anju DEV agreed to answer our questions, so that you can get to know her better! Let’s have a look at our Surfacing Supervisor from Mikros Animation Studios in Bangalore:
If you had to pick an alternate career, what would you do?
I’d be an architect because I like designing houses.
What’s the best and worst part of being in animation?
The best part is I’m pursuing my passion being in animation. The worst part is how time-consuming the creative process can be – the time it takes to get everything just right.
Which animated character do you identify with the most?
I admire Moana the most. She’s a wonderful role model for young girls. She teaches them they can achieve what they want to despite anyone else’s doubts, and she does this independently.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a child who wants to do what you do?
If you want to be an artist, you need to try and enjoy your work and practice with total dedication. And be smart about how you work!
Did you have a mentor? How did they help shape your outlook on the industry and your career?
My dad was my first mentor. He loves painting and he was self-taught. Once I showed interest, he started teaching me to paint. My parents encouraged me a lot, and they took me to art competitions. When it was time for higher education, my father encouraged me to pursue admission in the fine arts. He is the reason for me to be in the creative industry. Once I joined college, that was a turning point for me, as I realized art is a viable career.
I learned texturing through a studio internship after college. I had a lot of seniors in the studio who were mentors in different ways.
The rest is history. I’ll complete 15 years at Technicolor in May 2023!
What piece of work are you most proud of?
From my work at Mikros Animation, I’m most proud of Star Trek: Prodigy. I’ve also completed a self-portrait which is among my best work, it’s an oil painting on canvas.