Answers Round #2
indolentjellyfish asked you:
how did you originally find tegakie?
I honestly cannot remember. I may have been looking to get back into drawing oekaki and some friend probably invited me to try tegaki-e.
absolutelysafe asked you:
Hey, i remember that series you did at Oekaki (i think) a long time ago, with a silent hill/follow the arrows into dark holes/red accent vibe to it and, well, that was fantastic. It’s not like I don’t love the colorful scenarios (i DO), but do you intend to make more panels or other work with that darker tone?
It keeps surprising me how many people know my work through Echo (the tegaki-e adventure). This is a good question. I used to do more horror/dark stuff also outside tegaki-e and that theme has never really gone away. The reason I do more landscapes and colorful work is that, although I did start doing them just for fun and learning, they have become a large part of what I do commercially and it’s essentially just that I spend majority of my time doing paid work and don’t have so much time for personal, more emotion-based work. That sort of lighter-feeling commercial work has leaked into my private life as well and I often find it easier to do lighthearted, uplifting sceneries after work. I am still planning and will do more dark themes in the future, so don’t worry. People ask me a LOT if Echo will have more panels and an ending of a sort, but I can’t give a definite answer. I do want it to have closure, but I haven’t yet figured out how to continue it and the bar is quite high for me to continue it after such a long time. I have the beginning of a similar personal project roughly scripted to make into a graphic novel but nobody knows when this stuff will get done. I wish I had fewer work days so I could really get immersed in the miniature universes that are personal projects. Thank you for this question!
valerie-valentova asked you:
Did art help ever help you? (I mean, if you were going through some hard times.)
This is an interesting one. I wish I could give the standard ‘drawing is therapeutic and lets me express my emotion’ bs answer, sorry :’D My relationship with drawing has always been controversial. Ever since I figured out I have a goal and ambitions with art, I’ve had issues with how I handle drawing. At some point drawing became the opposite of a happy, enjoyable thing to do and I became so afraid of failure (in art) that it kept me from even trying. My fear paralyzed me. This is still something I battle with but I think it’s going to a better direction. I was never one of those people who could handle negative or strong emotions by drawing, somehow ‘letting them out’ or escaping those feelings into your drawings. That’s not me. My (negative) emotions are so powerful that drawing is not something that can happen while I feel that way - drawing is something very gentle in a sense that you have to have hand-to-eye coordination and focus on what you are doing. When I have a hard time I don’t draw anything, I would rather break things and punch walls. So, no, in a nutshell; art does not help me through hard times, on the contrary, sometimes drawing is the reason I have a hard time!
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Answers Round #1
makkon asked you:
Would you be willing to share your brushes?
Yes! I actually have been uploading them almost yearly. The newest upload is from a year back. I was going to put together a new pack just last weekend but I realised that I have actually minimised the use of special brushes and just focused on getting the most out of simple shapes lately, so the new set might be really tiny and boring! I can upload it before Christmas though. The old brush set can be found here.
Anonymous asked you:
which artists do you admire the most?
My longest standing favourite is definitely Kazuo Oga (the background artist for most if not all Hayao Miyazaki’s / Studio Ghibli films) because I remember admiring the art in My Neighbor Totoro even as a kid, not understanding anything about art and it still made a lasting impression. Of course I only learnt his name much later but I remained awestruck. My Kazuo Oga art books are some of my most treasured possessions :’D
Then there is Yoji Shinkawa (Metal Gear Solid concep artist) and Ashley Wood (mainly because of his MGS comics, the style is rad). One of my first loves was actually Tetsuya Nomura because of his work with FFVIII. Lastly, there is ukitakumuki (Kai Lim) who I first talked with briefly on dA back in 2004 or something when he commented on my art, I was just a kid back then and totally clueless. I was amazed by his work back then and he has just kept becoming more amazing than I thought possible over the years. I think I had to mention him because looking at his art still makes me want to do mechas and everything because his skill totally blows me away.
Anonymous asked you:
this isn’t a question but i am super obsessed with your art it is even the background of my blog, credited of course. (つω⊂* )
(◕‿◕✿) I’m glad my stuff makes you happy!
viajante42 asked you:
Voce entende portugues?Caso entenda,qual prefere,do Brasil ou de Portugal?
Yes, I understand some (written) Portuguese based on my knowledge of Spanish, but no, I don’t really speak it or have a preference over Brazilian or Portugal’s Portuguese.
Ask me stuff and I will answer!
Let’s have an Ask Me Anything day. Mostly because I am up at a stupid hour and trying to procrastinate but also because I just realised there’s a bunch of you guys out there and we don’t have much dialogue.
It’s simple. You can ask me anything and I’ll put together an answer post! Fire away. The ask box is open for anon questions, too.
Q:I am absolutely in love with your art. Thank you so much for sharing them. C:
Thank you! Although an artist shouldn’t depend on compliments, I can’t deny that comments like yours can keep my motivation up a great deal.