Interview movie uploaded on Apr. 29, 2014
It was all my grandpa. He was making a paper cutout. And since I was little, I started to mimic him and do the same.
But… I cut my hand so bad that I gave up becoming a paper cutout artist at an early age 🙂
When I was in elementary school, I drew for our school newspaper. Whenever anyone told me that my drawings were good, I got excited and drew more. That’s the way it went 🙂
When I see a drawing, before thinking “Wow! What an awesome drawing!”, the first thing that comes to my mind is, “Hmmm, what would it look like if I drew it from a different angle?”
In middle school, opportunities to show my drawings increased. Like drawing on the class flag for sports day.
There were many kids who could draw well. It frustrated me when I saw they were doing nice work.
I had to practice more…. I didn’t want to lose.
But to see people’s reaction when they see my drawing is much more important. It’ll make me think that I want to do it better.
I didn’t take any classes for drawing. I studied completely by myself. It was my hobby.
When I was thinking about university, I was told to go to a prep school for art if I was thinking about going to an art university and so I did. I studied at a prep school for 1 or 2 years.
There, I realized how much of an ordinary simpleton I was. I was so surprised to see how well the other people around me could draw.
That’s when I understood: the basics are very important.
At the group exhibition during my senior year, there was a person who offered to buy one of my works.
People? Would pay money? To buy my art? I was floored..
Exhibitions are an amazing way to introduce yourself to the world. You need to bring your work to the outside world, not just depend on word-of-mouth from acquaintance.
The world won’t recognize you unless you’re super active. I thought that if I can make the most of the potential of the internet, I can get famous little by little. At the time, the internet, websites, social networks, they were all becoming more and more common.
Of course, there are times when can’t draw. And there are times when I can’t always draw perfectly, even if I try over and over and over again. That’s life.
New ideas will pop up if you do something besides drawing. If I know that I can’t draw, then I don’t. No point in wasting time.
In my case, I’ll run, I’ll cook, whatever… I’ll just wait until something comes into my head.
This is the most important thing: to “refresh.” If you’re not used to it, you might feel depressed thinking “What am I doing? “ “Is this really the right time to put the pen down and play a video game??”
You’re right to feel this way! In effect you’re reducing the time to be spent drawing!
Another thing: you might hate yourself by listening to others and trying to emulate them, to do the same like them.
But what I personally think is, it’s VERY important to copy others when you cannot draw.
I have tried to draw like others, have copied them since I was young.
One day, it will turn into yours: your own drawing, your own style.
My works are definitely not “complete” yet. They will keep changing as I go through many different experiences.
I can’t wait to see what my drawings will turn out to be like. I am excited to let myself flow together with my drawings.
I would like to spend my time imagining how things will turn out rather than stressing over how to control my style myself.
Interviewed on April, 2014.
Our reporter interviewed Mr.Ohmae, who is the main visual artist of Sakura Exhibition 2014 and the award winner of Sakura Exhibition 2013.
Mr. Ohmae is very friendly person with big smiley face.
Mr. Ohmae taught me the importance of imitating others and an important role of “Refresh”.