Office tale of Yaoyao, game artist

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Who are you :

Your current job :
I’m a game artist.

In which city are you located?
I’m in Shenzhen, China.

A word to define what kind of worker you are :
I think I’m an emotional artist.

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Notebook, pencil and photoshop.


What does your office space look like?
My working conditions in the company are similar to other ones, supplying office screens. I work at my study at home,where there is a big window to make me enjoy sunshine and many books and toys whi ch I like.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
I prefer to enjoy the movie soundtracks, as the melodies are some kind of storytelling, while I also like the futuristic electronic music. By the way, the background music of the game 《Shadow of the Coloss us》is my favourite.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
I don’t think I’m a man who is boxed in the planned working contents. whenever I have some new ideas, I will draw them out. If I’m confused in drawing, I like to read or relax myself to inspire me.

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
I will prepare enough materials,like videos, pictures and articles for my tasks. Thus, I can make sketches in a short time. If I draw whatever I want, there will be more free space for me to create.

You’re better than your colleagues to :
I don’t want to make some works which are similar to others. I prefer to make unique things by following my sense. And I will try my best to do them.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
Few ones impress me deeply except Fumito Ueda. His influence on me is significant. Though he doesn’t know me, I still respect him much.

What is your best tip for saving time ?
Remember to tell me the answer if you get it.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
I usually get up at 8 a.m and start to work at 9:30 a.m. The closing time is not fixed. Overtime work is frequent.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
I enjoy the feeling of drawing in the paper notebooks.