How did you become an artist?
I first wanted to be an artist when I was in second grade on career day, when the father of a classmate visited our class to explain his job as a storyboard artist for the cartoon Xiaolin Showdown. He showed us the drawings he made for the show, and taught us how to draw each of the characters step by step. I was enamored by the idea that I could make cool drawings for a living, and I’ve wanted to be an artist ever since. I graduated this Spring from Cal State University, Long Beach with a B.F.A. in Illustration.
Where do you get inspiration?
One of my biggest sources of inspiration is the cinematic storytelling and subtlety of emotion in Naoki Urasawa’s work. When I read his manga Pluto, a serious retelling of a story arc from Astro Boy, I was struck by how he was able to humanize machines and convey the depth of their feelings through composition and lighting alone. His work inspires me to strive to imbue my work with the degree of emotional depth that he is able to achieve.
What’s your hardware setup?
I use a Wacom Cintiq 22 on a Windows computer.
What do you like best about Clip Studio Paint?
My favorite feature of Clip Studio Paint is how easy it is to import tools designed by users into the software. For instance, once a new brush is downloaded, it is immediately accessible from within the software. It allows me to quickly experiment with new kinds of brushes and textures in my work.
How long does it take you to make a single illustration?
It takes me roughly 8-12 hours for me to complete an illustration with characters and a background.
Would you consider Clip Studio Paint an industry tool?
I would absolutely consider Clip Studio Paint an industry tool! I really like how it’s specifically designed to be used by illustrators and comic artists, and how affordable it is in comparison to other art software.
Would you like to promote some recent project?
I recently created a webcomic called Amy and Tika on Webtoons! It’s a story about a young girl and her pet chicken who she loves like a puppy. Check it HERE.
Where can we follow your work?