Riot Games’ Blair ar­mitage tells us why she thinks tokyo is the place to Be for 3D artists

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“I keep see­ing more artists go to Tokyo,” ex­plains Ar­mitage. “I think there might be more com­mu­ni­ties of for­eign artists there in fu­ture. More stu­dios are look­ing to hire from overseas and im­prove the shar­ing of knowl­edge. There was a wel­com­ing game dev com­mu­nity when I lived there, who were so invit­ing and open to talk­ing about their ex­pe­ri­ence.”

There’s also a wealth of events held in the city for hob­by­ists, fans and artists alike, not least the pres­ti­gious SIGGRAPH Asia or the Video & CG Pro­duc­tion Expo.

Ar­mitage goes on to ex­plain that the lan­guage bar­rier can be some­what of a chal­lenge for new­com­ers: “There’s so much sep­a­ra­tion be­tween lan­guage bar­ri­ers that can make it dif­fi­cult to see the amaz­ing art that comes from Ja­panese artists, so see­ing their work in per­son, where you’ll likely be part of the 1% of English speak­ers, is such a fas­ci­nat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. For me, Ja­pan was the best place.”

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