Interview with HetiruHave you ever studied Art at school or University? Are you self taught?
Nope, I've never attended any art-school class. When I was 7 years old, my mother (and my first teacher) wanted me to join the art club, but I didn't express any thought or emotion about it, sooooo...... I became a dancer, and after a karateka, and after a programmer and so.
Nowadays I sometimes think about it , think about all opportunities which I could receive thank yo the art school courses, bu it too late ;w; And this time I have to do my best and rely only on myself.
However I've got a good experience - when you have a child, you should care of him/her enrolling you baby to the music club or something. Because little children usually don't know what they can do, and don't know how club experience will be useful in their future.How do you become a manga artist? What appealed to you the most about being an artist?
I've found myself in anime style for some time ago - I read a lot of "Witch" and "Barbie" and another girls magazines drawing what I saw in the same time. And one day I understood that an anime style is very simple for me to draw. Moreover, it looked very beautiful and "cool"/// So I started to practice in it. In cold blood. Tardy.
And now I'm here ;DDDD What is the process you go through when starting a piece of work till it's final state?
Firstly I think about the future work and what exactly I want to draw. Sometimes there IS a thought, but the sheet of paper is still white. I'll lie if I say that it's simple to draw a picture having something in your mind. Sometimes you CAN'T correctly understand the idea of your brain, so you have to spend for a long time trying to draw the close ones.
After having finished a sketch on the A4 paper, I scan it and then start to do a lineart. And after that I color it, of course! Coloring is my favorite stage of art progress. And lineart is loveless one ;DDDD How did your style develop? What inspired you to draw manga?
I don't care about my style - I didn't create it for specially. I've been drawing, drawing and drawing. And the way how it's simple to you to draw IS your style. That is what I think about it. Don't rush you to draw something different - just enjoy the drawing process.
And.. what inspired me to draw manga? Of course, my conscience! I have a lot of ideas to share with people, and manga is the best way to do it! ^^ Unfortunately, it's VERY difficult to draw even 30 pages, but there are no thing in the life which we could easily achieve. What is the main software you use and why? And what would you recommend for learning artists?
Usually I use albums (for sketches), Paint tool SAI and Photoshop. Some time ago I learned how to work with Corel Draw either, but now I don't use it.
For learning artist I recommend practice, confidence and diligence. Don't look around and don't envy - just love what you'are doing now and on what stage of art progress you're. If you love your works despite their drawing level, you can attain success. Of course, this is no talk about narcism and artist ego. What is the first step in designing your characters?
A body carcass. Firstly I draw a "naked" boy or girl, and after finishing it, create eyes, haircut, clothes and more and more.
Sometimes it's useful to search different characters (anime or OCs) in the internet and look on their designs - sometimes it gives you a portion of inspiration. Do you use any traditional media? What digital software do you use and why?
I'm not good in traditional art, so I don't draw finished pictures (except sketches for the future work) in it. I'm pleased with digital software and don't really have a wish to learn how to use a watercolor or something.
And I've said about software which I use a few questions above. What is the 'Dream in Color Artbook' about and what are your plans for the project?
This is artbook about people dreams - each of us have goals which we really want to make true oneday. So artist in that artbook just drew different characters with their dreams. It could be any sphere of our life - to fly with parachute, to see your hometown, to touch the real sea crab and more, and more.
For this project I drew my characters and only one dream - to hear how the real sea sounds.