Riki Takaoka [takaoka]
What is your specialty in illustration?
Setting a mood, and telling a story.
What are your regular clients like? What do they expect from you?
My clients want me to move mountains.
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Original work: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rikitakaoka/
Riki's Ph00d blog: www.drawfood.blogspot.com
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
How did you get your first full assignment? What did it involve?
(laughs) I dont remember!
What past or present day illustrators do you admire most?
Way too many.
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Two different beings.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
Zelda manga by shotaro ishinomori.
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
Japanese catooning + 50's animation.
What is hardest to draw?
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
Do you have a favorite work of art?
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
I make another piece of work relevant to their liking....and then charge them more for the use of materials each time.
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
drawing in the dark. lol
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
I work on ANYTHING. and with EVERYTHING.
What research do you do for your illustrations?
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
To make a living with it and love it.
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
What are you working on now?
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
dont let anyone tell you who you are. Be yourself and SUCCEED!