Welcome to my website! My name is Nathalie Mai. I'm a CG animator and shot creator, as well as a freelance illustrator. I am currently working on The Third Floor as a Previs/Postvis Artist. Previously I worked on the SpongeBob Squarepants CG television series "Kamp Koral" at Nickelodeon as a CG intern. Before it, I studied for my MFA degree in Animation & Visual Effects at the Academy of Art University.
I chose a career as a professional animator because, to me, animation is the most impressive artistic expression of what it’s like to live.
While watching films, television series and play games throughout my life, I’ve connected more strongly with animated characters. I think that animated characters, regardless of the shape they take, can act as the strongest possible stand-ins for viewers’ feelings and imaginations. They give viewers the chance to essentially see themselves living differently, facing crises, and having rewarding adventures. I think that they ultimately remind us of what we can do.
Before studying animation, I received my BFA in Illustration at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, China. It was an invaluable program in which I built my understanding of form, anatomy, movement, color, light, composition, concept, and critique. I enjoy drawing and painting immensely, and creating a window to another time and place, whether it actually exists or not, is both thrilling and satisfying.
As an animator, I love being part of a creative and talented team working towards a common goal of making something visually stunning, innovative, and worthwhile.