I love animated movies – I think that this form of art, when done right, can be one of the most imaginative ways of showing stories and worlds fantastic. But, I somehow never really got into short-form animation. I have seen some great ones, yes (like our favorite Magnetic Rose or some of the Animatrix collection, for example),… Continue reading Ghibli animations you haven’t seen (probably)
Just recently, my third book to be published in Japan arrived at my door! Every time seeing a new book completed is just a moment of many complex feelings: joy and relief, feeling of accomplishment, and also giddy anticipation for seeing the books on bookstore shelves. This is the end of a long, arduous process,… Continue reading Making a book (in Japan)
In recent years I have been trying to be more conscious about how exactly I make art, and one of the things that I managed to change significantly for the better in my creative process, is how I feel about fixing and redoing things. Until recently, I would often not only ignore things in my… Continue reading True artists don’t erase!
Since I was very young, and even when I had already started aiming to make art my primary occupation, I thought that I simply could not become a "true" artist because I felt I had no imagination. I think this notion started when I was just a kid, getting more interested in making art and… Continue reading Can I be an artist with no imagination?
Making fantasy look tangible. For me, one of the best parts about creating a comic, an animation, or even just a single illustration is thinking up its setting. What kind of place are we in, what buildings to feature, what about the atmosphere, the time of day, and so on. A lot of artists I… Continue reading Realistic Fantasy
First off, as this article touches upon mental health, I would like to point out that (obviously) I'm not a mental health expert by any means, and the following text should be read as my thoughts and musings, based only on my own experience. If you are in any distress and looking for help, please… Continue reading Wishful thinking destroys creativity
Using words to describe a piece of art or the emotions it brings forth when experiencing it is often not up to scratch. In my videos, I often use the word "loose" to describe the style of painting and drawing that I'm aiming for, with the opposite being art that I can only describe as… Continue reading Keeping the line alive.
Since I wrote the article about the "moe" illustration style problem, this issue kept being (and still is, to be honest) a thorn in my side. I continued to think about what can be done to improve the situation we face in the Japanese visual industry. Still, it's tough to do something without knowing from where… Continue reading The “moe” style problem PART 2
Lately, I have been trying to pay a lot more attention to my artworks’ contents than just how technically good they are. This approach means spending more time on the concept stage, deciding what to put in the piece, and translating the things I want to say into the visual medium of illustration, comics, or… Continue reading Sketchbooks collection
As freelance artists, we (me and Kana) have to be our bosses, managers, coaches, and counselors. Apart from supporting each other, we have to try to manage ourselves — this is important even more in the current pandemic situation. The best way to do this, I think, is to have a good look at oneself… Continue reading Seeking the Balance