The Knife Thrower: an animated series by French expat Anthony Jegu

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Anthony Jegu is a freelance videographer/VFX artist, originally from Paris, France, who also lived in Los Angeles for five years before moving to Kuala Lumpur. He moved here when his fiance became a teacher at the International School of Kuala Lumpur – and she was source of inspiration and motivation behind his latest project, The Knife Thrower, an animated series.

Here’s a sample of his work:

ExpatGo briefly spoke to Anthony about life in Malaysia and his work:

ExpatGo: How did you get into illustration?

Anthony Jegu: I can’t really remember, I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. It’s always been my way to relax and disconnect. Drawing is free and it allows for quality time with myself or the friends with whom I am sharing it.

What inspires you / how do you create your ideas?

Many things: history, people, local art and design. When I was younger, I could spend hours at the Natural History museum. Most of my work is based on finding references for new projects, looking for what makes a place or people special, and reusing this information in a new way. Kuala Lumpur was just perfect for that; every corner was another world.

What is your goal with this project?

I am in discussion with some producers to find the best way to start the production of the other episodes of the Knife Thrower. I am also looking for a way to adapt the concept in a video game form.


What are your thoughts on the Malaysian art scene?

I have the feeling that it is probably very hard for an artist (illustrator or animator) to make a living right now in Malaysia. But it’s obvious that people love animation and comics. A good example is the Comic Art Festival Kuala Lumpur – a very nice event. Things are changing I am sure, and I will not be surprised if Malaysia becomes a production hub in the next few years for this kind of media.

If you’re an expat doing interesting work in Malaysia and would like to be interviewed for ExpatGo, then email us at [email protected] with snapshot about yourself.

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