Concept Designer and Illustrator
Who is Airi Pan?
“Hello! My name is Airi and I’m currently a concept designer and Illustrator for games, animation, and film, based in Los Angeles. I’ve worked alongside companies like Activision, Netflix, Warner Brothers, CDProjekt Red, and a bunch more. But the most important part about me is that I absolutely love desserts, especially pancakes. These days, when I’m not drawing, I’m definitely cooking something.”
“If you could only show us one project of yours, to describe what you do, which one would it be and why?”
“It would be my Ambrosia project! It was a completely personal project about a world where honey is a form of magic. To me, it’s what concept design really is, exploring a wacky or super far fetched idea. Also looking at honey makes me happy 🙂 But hungry”
“Throughout your life, what kind of support did you have from the people around you when it comes to your artistic developments?”
“My parents were skeptical, but I had a lot of friends who encouraged me whenever I did art! Very few people from my high school went to art school, so there’s like this unspoken connection and bond between all the alumni who did.”
“Is there something you wish you had done differently leading up to where you are now?”
“I wish I discovered 3D earlier!! I could have played with it so much during high school years hahaha”
“What does the process of coming up with new ideas look like for you?”
“Talking to friends about a whacky idea, and everyone joking and adding more whacky ideas on top of it, and suddenly you get a project!”
“What kind of advice would you give someone who struggles to come up with ideas?”
“Talk to people! Sometimes you just really need someone else’s eyes and input and suddenly you’ll have the AHA moment. Two brains are better than one.”
“Do you have any advice on breaking out of your artistic comfort zone?”
“Take it step by step, when I first started new techniques like photobashing or implementing 3d, a single piece would take a week to finish and would require ALL of my time. But now, I can safely say I can finish it 4-5x as fast. It’s like working out, first few weeks you’ll be super sore, but once you do a bit everyday, you’ll enjoy it :)”
Remembering an artist’s name shows that you care. It’s not all about the artwork, but also who created it! If you could ask Airi Pan any question, which one would it be? Post it in the comments down below!