But all these facts you can find on his IMDB. It is the details in his website that really tell you about the depth of his character and his artistic talent. He helps others with painting tutorials and tips. He also mentors beginning painters. But do not be fooled that is not the extend of his work, Goro currently has a full schedule working with Oculus (one of the world's leaders of VR technology). With all this on his plate he even had time to answer some Questions Over Coffee. I hope you get as inspired as I did after reading his answers to my 6 questions!
NWF: How do you take your coffee?
GF: "I'm not really a coffee drinker. I actually started drinking it after working at Oculus. I mainly drink it to stay awake so I wouldn't consider myself a coffee drinker. I usually drink green tea or water."
NWF: "What is your favorite thing to paint?"
GF: "Robots! I like the idea of giving technology a personality. The robots in my paintings show human emotions. I find the juxtaposition an interesting concept to explore."
NWF: "What is your least favorite thing to paint?
GF: "Probably traditional Sci-Fi urban environments. A lot of post apocalyptic environments have already been explored. I want to create something unique and new to me. I try to paint a different take on Sci-Fi."
NWF: "When you are first asked to design a character, how do you first approach finding a creative solution?"
GF: "I first try to understand the character as a real person. From there, I can start to design details like what type of glasses he would be wearing. When I designed characters in the past, I would use a physical character sheet with questions. I would answer the questions so I could view the character as a real person. I do not really consider myself a character designer though. I think my strength is color, light, and storytelling. When I paint, the story is a very important element. I want the audience to see that there is a story in this one image that I have created."
NWF: "What advice would you give your younger self?"
GF: "I should have taken Japanese School more seriously! I can speak but if I had a job interview in Japanese and they asked me to read something, I wouldn't be able to.
I would also tell myself to not get stressed out about obstacles in life because stressing about it doesn't help to change it. Just try to overcome it.
Anger is also a waste of energy. If you hit people with negativity you will most likely get neutral or negative responses back. But if you approach the issue with positivity then you are more likely to get a positive response back. Respond to issues when you can be rational about it. I try and resolve conflicts that way now."
NWF: "What is one of the best creative projects you've worked on and why?"
GF: "I guess the best creative projects for me have resulted in the most memorable moments in my creative career so far.
Merry Madagascar (DreamWorks TV short film 2009) was a milestone because the project was my way of working in the US. It was also my first project with a big company.
Agent Omicron (personal short film) was also a special project for me because it represented a time where everything ran smoothly with the pipeline and it was a project with perfect teamwork!
Penguins of Madagascar (DreamWorks 2014) has a special place because even through the ups and downs, I learned a lot from the process and a lot of After Effects! It was the only project where I was the first artist on the team in vis dev and the last artist to leave because I created the credits for the film. This film was very special for me.
Henry (Oculus short film 2015) was also special because working on it made me feel like I participated in a new era of technology. Currently, It feels like we are building something in a garage but this new technology is something big!"