This month we are featuring
This is my favorite one
I had the chance to interview R.I.R and it was absolutely inspirational.
# How long you've been doing art? have you graduated from any art institutions?
I earned my first paid work when I was in the first year at university. It's cartoon calendar illustrations. But I didn’t do formal paid art work until 2013. Before that I had been an full-time editor and writer for about 8 years, I drew for myself as hobby, occasionally for friends in publishers and advertising companies. I've been being freelance artist since 2014.
I never get any professional education from art institutions. I used to learn some sketch and color skills in hobby class when I was in elementary and middle school. But I guess I was never a clever student XD. I couldn't understand those stuffs until I met the book "Color And Light For the Watercolor Painter" by Christopher Schink. It's a very good teacher, interesting, easy to follow and useful for the self-study novice like me. I still use it now.
# What inspires you to create your paintings?
The stories in my mind, I guess.
When I was 11-12 years old, one day, the boy sitting by my side gave me a book named "Saint Seiya". That's my very beginning. The people in my hometown were not so open, the Japanese manga or any funny entertainment stuffs beyond regular textbook were "evil" and "useless", whereas I basically was a "good girl" -- a nerd, I mean XD -- and the boy was a "bad boy". We exchanged these poison books and our feedbacks so carefully just like a pair of spies in occupied area of the war. Lovely crime memories LOL.
And I've been recording the story ideas since then. Some of them were written as novels, I expect to draw them out one day when I get enough skills.
# Do you listen to music while painting?
Sure. I love Japanese ACG music ( anime, comic and game music. Anison more than Pop), Alternative Rock and New Age. Sometimes I need proper music to picture certain scene and be into my mood, and these music may be pretty weird and noisy. People would be scared if they came into my workroom when I’m in my A.T. Field ( if you like EVA, you know what I mean
# What program/medium do you use?
Clip Studio Paint ( Mangastudio). Cintiq 22HD.
I do digital illustration, normally the business work based on Japanese cel animation style, so CSP is a proper tool for this. I love J cel style and still love it now, but sometimes when doing it too much, it’s a little bit flat and monotonous. So I’m also seeking for chances to try diverse stuffs.
# What would be your advise to young artist who are just starting out?
Never stop practice. You’re good already, try to be better than yourself.
Great Tip! Believe in yourself
Thanks for reading guys. Let's all keep improving and be better everyday.
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INSPIRED ILLUSTRATION 2016