Ep.159: How to make it as a foreign artist in Japan with Mateusz Urbanowicz

Hey, guys! In this episode, I am chatting with Mateusz Urbanowicz, a full-time freelance background artist, illustrator, animation director, and creator. Among other projects at Comix Wave Films studio in Tokyo, he also worked on the movie “Your name”.

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Key Takeaways

“Make your projects with your whole heart. Do the best you can and you will learn a lot in the process and people will appreciate your hard work!”


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  • Mateusz shares that in Poland it’s close to impossible to live from art. He got lucky when he went to electronics exhibition where Wacom was showing their tools and he started drawing on one. The reps recognized that they could use him for the shows and they invited him to join and that was the first time he discovered you can actually make money with art
  • After he got to Japan, for his graduation piece he chose to create a project called “Right places”, where he reverse engineered the work of Makoto Shinkai
  • When later he joined Makoto Shinkai’s studio, he thought he knows everything, but it proved to be a humbling experience and he learned the value of working in a team


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Special thanks to Mateusz for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Mateusz Urbanowicz, used with permission

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