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
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.
The campaign has raised $465,021 as of this date, and has 6
days to go. If the campaign reaches it’s stretch goal of
$500,000 – Schoolism Fees will be lowered to $12 US Dollars per
Check out the Kickstarter campaign here.
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
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
Character design and concept art.
|“Imposter” – Made for Hello Kitty Gallery Show|
What is one project that you are proud to have been
I was 1 of 3 character designers for Tim Burton’s Alice in
|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?
Are you involved with any animation organizations in
What are some of your animation milestones?
What’s one thing that has influenced your career as an
I’m very passionate about teaching art. I started teaching on
the subways of Toronto for free and now I’m an instructor
Are there other interviews online about your work in
Promoting Alice in Wonderland during our gallery show:
2008 SiDEBAR Interview:
It’s Art Interview: