DIGITAl Animation graduate Norman Low Wei Kit's 3D work entitled Fridgeface Weightlifting won the grand prize in the Wacom Community Gallery Staff Selections Contest recently.
The contest, which ran from Sept 28 to Oct 31, received 203 entries from all over the world
Norman bagged a Bamboo Fun tablet and an Expose 5 art book.
Attracted by electronic games like Final Fantasy, Norman set out to study digital animation despite being a science stream student.
Later, he attended a “PC for the non-savvy” workshop organised by The Star and The One Academy.
“That was when I found out about the academy and I was inspired by the paintings in the gallery. The students' work attracted me.
“When I found out that the academy uses Maya software for the digital animation courses; the same one used to create Final Fantasy, it was a clear cut choice after that to come here,” said the student from Kota Kemuning, Shah Alam. Norman learned about the online Wacom Community when Wacom organised a contest at the academy last year.
Later he joined the online community and when he saw the online contest opportunity, he went for it.
Fridgeface Weightlifting is one of Norman's class assignments to help him learn to apply weightlifting onto animation with realism.
Norman even went one step further with the special effects with Manta Ray, leaving some lecturers puzzled on how the artwork was done.
Graduating from the academy in August, Norman has been compiling his portfolio and participating in art competitions.
According to him, digital animation is not just about good graphics that wow the audiences. “There has to be a solid storyline and I'm learning to pick up scriptwriting as well,” he added.
Although Norman just loves Final Fantasy, he is doubtful if he wants to work with Square Enix, the creators of the game.
“Ubisoft would interest me more. They have been giving talks in Malaysia recently and I feel there’s a bigger opportunity for me to get in there,” said the graduate.