Jade Wang [tsukianimegirl]
How and why did you begin to be creative?
Until today I have some creative issues. But these last months I've been trying to do more work relationed to me than the character (even in form of fan art) I was creative since child, but only this last year I could put this creativity into real practice.
Your mind is your work tool. How do you take care of it?
It's simply because I don't take care of it. My mind is so used to get forced to think about things that I don't feel the difference when I'm tired or not. But if it's out of my limits I stop everything and try to organize my things.
How do you avoid repeating yourself, or falling into formula? How do you stay fresh?
I dunno if I'm the kind of person who likes to be in the tendencies. (I think I'm not.) Repeating things or falling in to a formula is no advancing, but the same idea can be better applied in different situations.
Do you have a ritual like retiring to a lonely place from time to time to cleanse your mind?
I can work fine in everywere almost anytime. But I work better in certain places. For example: when it's the break time in my school I go to the library to draw my comics there.
What cultural sources do you draw from the most?
Ahahaha, japanese culture.
It is possible to fall in love with a bad idea simply because it is yours. How do you avoid this?
Must someone be the leader or boss in order for a creative team to function well?
That isn't necessary. We simply need more creativity in less time not a boss pissing us off.
The armchair psychologist: Is creativity an act of rebellion for you?
We can use as an act for sharing opinions or rebellion. It depends a lot on the artists. I don't like to do rebellions, then I use the first option.
Do you work well under pressure?
I know it's not good, but I work better under pressure because I can focus more on the important things.
What city in the world currently attracts you due to its creative environment?
To me a calm and silent place it's fine. Maybe somewhere in Germany or Switzerland.
What is your specialty?
Right now only fan arts, I'm still practicing digital style.
What made you interested in design?
What I'm really interested in design is the character design. I got interested in this area because I like to create characters for my stories. (Or other people stories if they request it.)
Have you received any awards for your work in the field of design?
Hum... I don't remember any. But I have a lot of time until this moment! Since I'm still young!!
What is your motivation? What makes you get up in the mornings?
My true motivation is my watchers' opinion. I always liked to receive comments about my art and my skills to keep me aware of what I'm good and what I still have to improve.
How would you define your design style?
That's simple, I use anime/manga style.
In which new areas would you like to experiment?
Music area!! (More for the part of composing)
Shapes, color, concept: where do you usually begin when conceiving a design?
Hum... since I usually do fan arts I already know how the character will be. But when I create the character, I search the design to match the personality of the character.
What is your favourite type of customer?
I don't receive customers (yet) but when someone requests me I like to be very clear that I take a lot of time to do. Because I have other things to do.
To a certain point, is copying justifiable?
When I started at drawing I didn't have idea of how I would start. So I used to copy some images to get a start, that's acceptable. But when you copy from someone claiming the art is yours, that's art theft. I already saw a lot of these situations in deviantArt.
Do you believe the newer generations are better at designing?
I dunno... but I see clearly the difference of skills of 3 years ago and today. So I believe that next generation will be better.
With which type of client would you decline in working for?
The type of client who doesn't respect my actual limits.
Which professionals in your field -contemporary or past- do you most admire?
I don't know much about artists of the past. Since my area is a contemporary area... I admire a lot Tetsuya Nomura's work.
Which software applications do you most utilize in your work?
Easy Paint Tool SAI and Photoshop CS4 (for final details) I intend to learn how to use Corel Draw.
Up to what point do your designs reflect your personality?
I don't have a definitive style, but I try my best to leave traces of my skills on my arts. Usually my personality influences on the expression of the characters (and sometimes on the position of the hands too.)
If you weren't a designer, what would you be doing?
Huh... I don't know XD Maybe trying to be a composer. I like a lot of things. Draw, play keyboard, sing, sew, study (lol) But after designing I like a lot to play songs on my keyboard. Then I believe I would be practicing to be a composer like Nobuo Uematsu, Yoko Shinomura or Koji Kondo. But in the end I would like to be related to games just like the design itself.
At this moment, what would be your dream job or project?
My dream is to become a character designer of games. I still don't have a job. My actual project is a Zelda-releated, about bringing the Zelda-Symphony to Brazil.
Can you see yourself in this field twenty years from now?
Of course!! I hope I can achieve that and hope I can keep at this field for more 20 years!!
What is your specialty in illustration?
I'm practicing the digital area.
Is there a web address where we can see some of your work?
Of course. http://tsukianimegirl.deviantart.com/
Have you completed formal art studies, or are you self-taught?
Right now self-taught. But I intend to do an university of digital arts.
How similar are your current drawings to those you did as a child?
Hum... that's difficult. I changed so much my point of view about my art in these last years... Well, I believe is the idea of making someone happy when showing my works.
What was your favorite comic book as a child?
Comic book... Hum... I don't know. I wasn't a comic fan child. But I admired Maurício Souza's work Monica's Gang.
Do you have a particular style, or does it vary a lot?
What is hardest to draw?
When I was youger my difficulty was the hands, but right now is the shadows shapes. Since anime/manga style uses a giant variety of types of shading. I'm trying my best o find one shading that fits my style.
What type of music do you listen to while you work?
Ahahaha, I usually put some OSTs of games or Vocaloid songs. Specifically Treow's, GYARI's, Nobuo Uematsu's, Yoko Shinomura's and Koji Kondo's works.
What do you do when a client simply says "I don't like it"?
I still didn't experience this kind of situation. But if that happen I would give to the client 2 choices:
1 - I believe I can do better, of course if you tell me what it's wrong with the actual art.
2 - Or you want to cancel it?
What new techniques have you been experimenting with lately?
I'm still trying to find new ways of shading. I found a good one for hair yesterday. <("=w=)
What part of your work do you do on paper and what part digitally?
Sketch on paper. Lineart and coloring on PC.
What research do you do for your illustrations?
Tutorials, references of effects and poses.
Do you have colleagues with whom you share techniques, tricks, ideas, etc.?
I have friends who helps me at choosing some ideas, but sharing tricks and ideas only in internet.
Do you have any specific goals as an illustrator?
Get recognized in the world!!
What illustration web sites do you frequent?
DeviantArt --> http://tsukianimegirl.deviantart.com/
Pixiv --> http://www.pixiv.net/member.php?id=2367174
What are you working on now?
Zelda bookmarks, a doujinshi.
What advice do you have for someone who likes to draw and would like to make a living from it?
Practice a lot!! Be patient!! Be always motivated!! Love what you do!! Search by yourself!! When you're going to take a course they will want to know your skills. Taking references is always a giant help, don't be scared to say that you used some references pics.
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
I do fan arts right now. I define myself as a digital artist. ._.
Your biography in four lines.
When I was young I loved to draw flowers also paint some of them. Then when I found out the charm of anime/manga style I followed this area. 3 years ago I discovered the magic of digital arts. Then I'm trying my best to give life to my arts by the digital style.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Even doing fan arts, getting one idea of start is hard. My inspiration are the songs. Usually I listen to japanese songs; I think about the feeling and memories they bring to me and try to put these same feelings on my arts.
What is art?
Is a way of showing your experiences and feelings to the world!
When do you get your best ideas?
When I'm alone listening to my favorite songs. Rainy days really help me.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
A great idea can turn into a ---- when not well represented. The contrary also happens. Just look to those images with those memes, they're not drawn by an specialist, but those memes make the viewer get the idea of the image easier.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
When people started to give their opinion about my work.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Because this area demands people to be like this. If you're a commom sense guy it would be very difficult to detach in this world where demands creative ideas. Look at Steve Jobs. He was a technological artist, now he's seen as the guy who changed the world.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
These last years I've been admiring a lot Tetsuya Nomura. Not only the art, but his work too. He's my inspiration, because he was working only with the battle-system. Now he helps at character development/design and directing the story. The personality of his characters really influenced me at drawing and creating my characters.