CSP Featured Artist: Candykiki
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How did you become an artist?
I think I got my first spark of creativity from my older sister - I remember that she was always drawing, making her own original characters and creating awesome stories, so I really wanted to do the same :) And when we were children, we were obsessed with Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon so we jumped right into drawing in manga/anime style. We were self-taught but we always had so much fun exploring new fields.
And now, after 10 years of drawing, I’m a full-time artist - I make commissions, record art-videos and even run a drawing course for children in my hometown! I want to show other people that everyone can draw - not only it makes us happier but also creates a representation of our thoughts and dreams. I couldn’t be more grateful that I’m still on this amazing adventure - I can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Where do you get inspiration?
Since I make a lot of studies using references, I stick to couple of my favorite websites:
● unsplash.com - great source of beautiful photos on royalty-free license
● reference.sketchdaily.net - for quick everyday practice
● quickposes.com & line-of-action.com - for anatomy studies
● Pinterest or instagram - for creative concepts and color palettes
What’s your hardware setup?
Wacom Cintiq 24HD, Lenovo IdeaCentre Gaming5 AMD Ryzen 7 5700G, Asus ProArt.
What do you like best about Clip Studio Paint?
There are so many things I can talk about! I’ve used 4 or 5 softwares over the last 10 years and I think CSP is the first one that actually comes up to artists’ expectations - starting with this amazing library of brushes and textures, finishing with really easy-to-do timelapses and intuitive interface. I really appreciate how easy it is to get started with CSP, even though there are so many options and tools, you can really jump right into the process and just have fun! It was love at first sight - I finally found everything I needed!
How long does it take you to make a single illustration?
Currently my main focus is on making a lot of studies and expanding my comfort zone so I’m really trying to keep my drawings quick and on the simpler side - I’d say one head study would take about 30 minutes to 1 hour, when it comes to more complex illustration it’s probably up to 6-7 hours. I’m very impatient so I like to finish my projects in one go.
How has Clip Studio Paint improved your workflow?
I think the main thing for me is how intuitive it is. It was the quickest and easiest process of implementing a new software, I was able to get to work right away because everything was at hand. It was super fun to search through other users' brushes and textures to find the best mechanical pencil or blending brush :) And with time lapses I can go back and see what I can change to improve my drawing process.
Where can we follow your work?