This Story Artist is Inspired By Manga

Before growing up to become the successful storyboard artist and illustrator she is today, Alex Chiu imagined her creativity would take on different forms.

“I thought I wanted to be a graphic designer, a politician, a children’s book illustrator, a visual development artist,” she recounted in an interview with Concept Art Empire, “until I realized that I was awful at making finished drawings, hahaha! But also that storyboarding was my favorite aspect of the animation pipeline.”

She might be selling herself short. When it comes to animation, Chiu has worked so far for the biggest names in the industry including Marvel Animation, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Netflix. Now working as Director and Story Artist for Warner Bros., Chiu has carved herself a niche, often referencing her love of manga and anime.

In fact, it was her love of manga that would ultimately spark a creative interest, leading her into the field of animation. “I always doodled as a kid according to my parents,” says Chiu. “But I didn’t really pick up the pencil and draw every day with the intention of getting better in some shape or form until I was 10.”

“It all changed when I started reading manga,” she admits, adding that though she considered art as a career when she was in high school it wasn’t until sophomore or junior year of college when she narrowed down her career path. Having developed her skills throughout school and college, she landed on storytelling after experimenting with comics and film.

Currently based in LA, we can’t wait to see more of her work both online and on-screen!