I don’t set forth the details when I start drawing. I draw based on my rough image of “the world” in my head.
What I’ve recently been drawing pertains to the future, like, the future world where civilization has fallen and people cherishes its past properties.
I rather start from the outline than the settings. And build the picture up eventually.
There are people who consider the settings first and then draw. I guess I’m the polar opposite of them.
I liked the shape of the Starship Enterprise from the movie Star Trek, and I drew it a lot. This now became the base of my mechanic design.
My passion for Star Trek drew me into the world of science fiction (SF). I love the SF world, especially that created by Fujiko Fujio.
I liked mechanics and buildings. When I was in elementary school, I drew a lot of train stations and battle ships. I drew these items more than I drew ‘so-called’ characters from anime and manga.
I liked mechanics but not the cars. I wasn’t good at drawing the outline of cars. Rather, I liked drawing future vehicles without tires.
I impulsively drew a picture of my imaginary city but it was just an outline.
I started to draw seriously when I was 19 or 20 years old, when I was in college.
After I started working, I drew almost for work and sometimes for myself. It took about 4 or 5 years to get to the point where I could show my drawings to others.
Even though you have an idea inside your head, you need to have a technique to get it pictured. I was able to obtain it by drawing a lot of different kinds of motifs at work.
I think these kinds of techniques and knowledge are displayed in my pictures that I draw for hobbies.
When I was coming up for high school graduation and thinking about what I should do for my career, I decided to become a programmer.
Just simply because I liked games, why don’t I make it by myself? So I did. But it didn’t turn out well.
After that, I studied graphics for games and scenario setting, but I wasn’t even thinking that I would draw for a living then.
Through the time I was 20 years old, almost no one showed me a positive reaction when they saw my drawings.
I acquired knowledge about drawing at school but I had trouble completing the picture.
I cannot draw successfully with CG or paint like I do with line drawing. 🙂
I feel happy to be able to see the reactions of people who saw my drawings.
This part, you can’t easily see at work.
If you exhibit your work at the sokubaikai (art exhibition and sales event), you are able to see directly which picture is more popular than others. It is fun.
I draw with a feeling like, I want to give a figure to the place I want to see, for instance, the scenery which I sometimes come up with and just can’t let it go away from my mind.
And I hope I could continue to draw like this from now on too.
Interviewed month：May, 2014
COMITIA in Nov 2006 was his first sokubaikai. There, he printed out a postcards and A4 sized art piece from his house and brought it.
And then, he started to participate in postcard event sponsored by ARTs*LABo. From there, he graduated into various sokubaikai such as Design Festa, COMIC CITY, Niigata COMITIA, Sosakubatake etc.,.
It is hard to believe that he didn’t even think that he would draw as a job back then…