Bobby’s art career started at the age of two with a box of crayons and his family’s white living room walls. He got his first professional art job at the age of seventeen, designing Disney, Warner Bros., and Star Wars toys. Bobby has since won a number of awards for his independent work and is featured perennially in various juried art annuals and magazines. He presently works in concept and character design, teaches digital painting online at Schoolism.com, publishes art books, and works on other top secret projects that he’s not allowed to talk about.
NOTE: Bobby Chiu is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to lower Schoolism subscription fees. Click here to read the Canadian Animation interview with Bobby about that campaign.
What part of Canada are you from Bobby?
What inspired you to work in animation?
My first job as an artist was to design toys for movies such as Star Wars, Disney, Pixar. The company was called Thinkway Toys.
How would you describe your artistic style?
I tend to draw whimsical, fantastical themes. Most of the time involving creatures.
|Walk this Way|
Can you share a piece of art work that no one has seen before?
Don't really have anything that I haven't shown before. The only things I have like that, I can't show yet.
What role do you play in the creation of animation?
Character design and concept art.
|"Imposter" - Made for Hello Kitty Gallery Show|
What is one project that you are proud to have been involved in?
I was 1 of 3 character designers for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.
|Tweedles from Alice in Wonderland|
|Jub Jub from Aline in Wonderland|
What projects are you working on now?
I can't say what I'm working on now, but I was 1 of 3 character designers on the Alice in Wonderland sequel; Alice through the Looking Glass (2016).
|Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)|
Who is one of your favourite Canadian animators?
Robert Valley. I love how everything he does just seems to be so cool.
|Selection of Robert Valley's Artwork|
What is one of your favourite art books?
Terryl Whitlatch. Animals Real and Imagined.
Who is an up-and-coming or relatively unknown Canadian animator that everyone should check out?
Peedi & Guiness from Shaz Lym on Vimeo.
Are you involved with any animation organizations in Canada?
What are some of your animation milestones?
What's one thing that has influenced your career as an artist?
I'm very passionate about teaching art. I started teaching on the subways of Toronto for free and now I'm an instructor on Schoolism.com.
|Source: The Globe and Mail: A moving picture studio|
Promoting Alice in Wonderland during our gallery show:
2008 SiDEBAR Interview:
It's Art Interview:
To keep up on what Bobby is doing, check out these sites
Bobby Chiu - YouTube
Bobby Chiu - CGSociety
Bobby Chiu - Facebook
Bobby Chiu - Twitter (@bobbychiu)