June 9th, 2016

Krystal Sae Eua, VFX Modeling and Texturing Lead at The Mill’s Los Angeles studio, honed her craft while attending the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, Games & Animation. She was recently welcomed back to the school to share the story of her successful career alongside fellow female VFX artists, an event hosted in collaboration with Women In Animation.

Krystal filled us in on some of the highlights of the event, aptly held on International Women’s Day. “By 2025, Women In Animation’s goal is for women to fill 50% of the industry workforce,” she told us. To help achieve that goal, Krystal shared some tips of the trade and screened some of her best work.

Her career began as an undergrad at Brooks College, when she knew she wanted to pursue animation professionally. Upon completing an animation internship and receiving her certificate in High-End Computer Graphics from Gnomon, her skill set skyrocketed.

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“Deciding to attend Gnomon was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made,” she said. “While I was a student there, everyone would talk about their experiences in the industry: how they got into it, and how to be persistent. I learned that if you show your worth through the quality of your work and your work ethic, there is no way you can’t be successful.”

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Krystal recalled, “A memorable piece of wisdom from the other panelists was to not be afraid of back-stepping – which means when you see your work, and it’s not looking great, you shouldn’t be scared of that. Your eyes are further developed as a result, and they’re about to push you toward your best work.”

Krystal’s personal experience has reinforced her view that there’s no reason not to get involved in the industry as a female, despite the vast majority of male artists. At the end of the day, it’s about the work – and the effort you put into consistently fine-tuning your craft.

“If you’re in this field, you are in technology,” she said. “Never fear the technology. Commit to learning the tools, and once you’re comfortable learning that language the rest will fall into place.”

To watch the panel discussion in full, you can view a recording on Gnomon’s event page.

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Krystal 05All images courtesy of Gnomon