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Concept Artist, Illustrator, Art Director, Vfx and Concept Design Supervisor, Doug Chiang is one of the most complete and versatile artists in today’s digital art world.
Born in the Yilan county, in North-Eastern Taiwan, while still very young Doug moved, together with his family, to the United States, where he started taking his first steps into computer graphics.
His career began as an Animator for Pee Wee’s Playhouse, an American children’s television programme aired in the late 1980s and early ’90s.
He attended both the UCLA Film School in Los Angeles, where he held the role of Illustrator and Art Director for the Daily Bruin, the student newspaper of the California University, and the Industrial Design course at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Then he started working for several studios, such as Rhythm and Hues, as well as for other production companies in Los Angeles.
After that, he was hired by ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) to direct visual effects for movies such as Terminator 2, The Mask and Forrest Gump.
During the same period he was chosen by George Lucas himself as head of the art department at Lucasfilm, where he was in charge of creating the visual language and directing the design for Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.
Later he decided to launch his own company, IceBlink Studios, realizing Steven Spielberg’s The War of the Worlds. IceBlink eventually merged with Disney and Robert Zemeckis to create a new company, ImageMovers Digital.
There Doug held the role of Executive Vice President, working on technically innovative motion capture movies such as The Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol.
In 2013 he came back to Lucasfilm as Vice President and Executive Art Director, working on Star Wars‘ saga new chapters, but also on videogames, comics and new media, including VR. Today he’s back at ILM, where he will definitely be able to bring us new great ideas and very creative works.