How did you become an artist?
Since I was 2 years-old, my dad made small and simple drawings for me to color. He is an artist as well although he used it as a hobby. I was surrounded by his paintings and I wanted to be like him. I have always been drawing but I started to take it seriously at the age of 15 when I discovered my passion for manga and anime and got obsessed with Naruto, Vocaloid and with Kuroshitsuji later on.
When I was 19 I won the Vocaloid MAIKA contest held by Voctro Labs, it was a dream come true. I worked hard and started going to conventions to sell my merch while I was studying Fine Arts in Seville.
I graduated and moved to Barcelona to study Concept Art at Escola Joso, and stayed for love. I have been working as a freelance artist full time since then and started a brand called Noririn that is my artistic name as well. A couple years ago I launched my online store and I mostly work creating my own merchandise but from time to time I work for companies as well! I took part in a huge project recently but I’m not allowed to talk about it yet, but if you follow me you will know soon!
Where do you get inspiration?
I get inspiration from many sources. As a part from the LGBTQI+ community, I get really inspired by the cottagecore movement that seems really attached to sapphic girls and their dream to move to the countryside to live a bucolic life with their partners. I love pink, shiny things and everything considered highly feminine. 90s fashion and a cute aesthetic are a part of who I am.
A huge inspiration for me are other artists on social media! Every time I see a stunning piece it makes me want to draw and give my best! I am also currently obsessed with Disney princesses, Animal Crossing, Life Is Strange, Frozen and Twilight. Those franchises gime me the urge to produce art since they bring so much joy to my life!
But I think the ultimate inspiration for me is my girlfriend. I always want to draw us going on dates or draw characters we feel identified with like Marceline and Bubblegum from Adventure Time or Chloe and Max from Life Is Strange. That’s what makes me happy.
What’s your hardware setup?
For almost 4 years now, I have only worked on iPad. I use an iPad Pro 12’9” from 2017 with first gen pencil. I have worked with CSP in my previous laptops and I still have a small Wacom in case I need to do it again with my new PC. It was built by parts by a friend and gifted by my girlfriend and parents. I use it to stream on Twitch my drawing process and to play games!
What do you like best about Clip Studio Paint?
I always hated doing linearts because it was tedious until I found out how easy is in CSP! Now it’s my favorite part of the process.
CSP Assets is a great tool as well. I have downloaded hundreds of free brushes and images from there and they are easy to install.
Also in the iPad version the autosave option helped me in a lot of occasions!
How long does it take you to make a single illustration?
Usually it takes between 3-8 hours for most of them, depending if they are complex or not so much, but I have pieces of +30 hours of works and hundreds of layers!
Would you consider Clip Studio Paint an industry tool?
Of course! I always recommend it when someone asks about a good drawing program. I have been using it for +6 years now and it’s my absolute favourite! It helps a lot my creative process.
Whether you are a hobbyist artist or a professional one, CSP is a powerful tool in my humble opinion.
Would you like to promote some recent project?
I am actually working on original merchandising for my shop so keep an eye to noririn.shop so you won’t miss it! The 2021 Halloween Collection is on production and I will introduce a lot of new stationery products I have always wanted to make like washi-tapes and planners!
Where can we follow your work?
You can follow me on my social media accounts:
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