How did you become an artist?
Art has always been an interest of mine. Even back in kindergarten I was always drawing. When I was growing up I loved Russian and American cartoons and once I discovered anime and manga I knew that I wanted to do art professionally someday.
I started with digital art at 17 when I bought my first Wacom Intuos 3. I’ve been using Clip Studio Paint since 2014 (back then it was Manga Studio 5). In university I studied animation but eventually realized that my passion lies in comics so once I graduated I’ve been doing a lot of freelance comic and illustration work.
Where do you get inspiration?
I’m as much a consumer as I am a creator so I get a lot of inspiration from my favorite movies, series, comics, music and video games.
I also really like traveling and going to museums and learning about history or just watching documentaries and pondering over philosophical questions that I hope to implement into my stories.
What’s your hardware setup?
Just recently I’ve bought a new PC from Megaport (Intel Core i7-6700K, ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1060, 16GB DDR4 3000). As for drawing tools I’m using the Wacom Cintiq 16 Pro with Clip Studio Paint and occasionally the iPad Pro for sketching on the couch.
What do you like best about Clip Studio Paint?
All the comic making tools are incredibly useful. Especially things like creating frame borders and easily editing them afterwards are really helpful. Effects and speech bubbles are also easily created.
I’m also using the perspective and ruler tools quite a lot. The default pen brushes are my favourites and I generally really like to do both linework and colouring in CSP.
How long does it take you to make a single illustration?
It depends on the scope and detail of the drawing. I usually do simple character drawings that take 2-4 hours. Illustrations with bigger backgrounds can take up to 6 hours. A comic page also takes around 6 hours, depending on the style.
Would you consider Clip Studio Paint an industry tool?
I see a lot of my peers using Clip Studio Paint for comic creation so I really can’t imagine a more prevalent and better software for this purpose. New features are constantly being added so there is a lot to learn and experiment with even for advanced artists.
Would you like to promote some recent project?
I’m working on a big comic project that will be released later this year. Until it’s out you can read my short webtoon ‘Leona the Werewolf.
Other than that I have two books with my art tips that might be helpful to others.
Japanese version: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/4798621757/
Where can we follow your work?
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