Scrolling through her Instagram page, Alex Chiu’s love of anime and manga is evident. A storyboard artist and illustrator, Chiu has worked for Marvel Animation, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros., and Cartoon Network, and is currently a storyboard artist at Netflix. In other words: she’s kind of a big deal.
But oddly enough, it took her quite some time to own her love of anime. “In high school a bit and in college, I was afraid to like anime,” she shared in an interview with Concept Art Empire. “I thought I had to exclusively like Disney and that enjoying series like Naruto and One Piece was a bad thing. It took me a while to accept and understand that there are a lot of people that like both, and that’s totally fine!”
Like most creatives in her field, Chiu took to illustration early on, with manga being the driving force in her creative development. But it wasn’t until her sophomore or junior year of college when she actually narrowed down her career path to art.
Now a force to be reckoned with, her advice to other aspiring storyboard artists is to showcase a bit of variety. “Action, comedy, and drama,” she specifies. “If you can hit all 3 of those beats in, let’s say, 1 large sequence and 1 or 2 additional shorter ones then that’s pretty good. But don’t forget to keep it short and sweet.”