Joshua Leung is a software developer, UX consultant, and photographer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Since 2006, he has been an active core developer/module owner of Blender (the premier open source 3D creation suite), responsible for all aspects of the Animation Tools and the Grease Pencil freehand sketching/animation tools. He is passionate about developing new tools for character animation which help artists achieve their creative goals easier and faster than ever before.

From 2009-2012, Joshua studied Computer Science at the University of Canterbury, graduating with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours on 12 December 2012 (12-12-12). Since mid 2013, he has been studying towards a PhD in Computer Science (specialising in Human-Computer Interaction) in the HCI and Multimedia Lab (supervisor: Prof Andy Cockburn), focussing on understanding the design and use of highlighting techniques for supporting the novice to expert transition in complex information spaces.

In a former life, Joshua was a violinist whose teachers included Oleg Kotorovych (Assistant Concertmaster, CSO), Iryna Ionenko (Principal Second Violin, CSO), and Robin Wilson. He was awarded with a DipABRSM in 2006, LTCL with Distinction in 2007, and FTCL in 2008. He won the "Most Promising" award at the National Young Performer of the Year Awards (PACNZ 2007), was a finalist in the National Chamber Music Contest 2006 with A La Vez, and was the orchestra leader at the Christchurch Schools Music Festival (2003) and at Burnside High School (2008). He was also a member of the Specialist Music Programme at Burnside High School.

Outside of work, Joshua enjoys photography, bird watching, and food. In particular, he likes macro, wildlife, sunset, autumn leaves, architecture (predominantly nighttime), and aerial photography. He is particularly fond of silvereyes, fantails, hedgehogs, goldfish, and kakapo.

Skills, Awards, and Qualifications

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