Since I was little, I lived in the United States several times due to my father’s business.
Since the manga-like drawings that I drew was unique for kids in the U.S., they were happy when I drew pictures.
My friends often asked me to draw one for them.
This made me easy to make friends.
I started to think that drawing is one of the tools for communication.
The area I lived had the Japanese supermarkets, and it was easy to buy mangas from Japan.
Also, at that time, some English translated Japanese manga, such as “Ranma 1/2,” had been sold at the bookstore. So I had a chance to read Japanese manga in Japanese and also in English.
Japanese manga influenced me a lot even though I was in the U.S.
In the first place, I started to draw characters from mangas and animes.
I liked manga so much. My friends and I exchanged manga drawing when we were in elementary school.
“I will draw some pages, so please continue the next pages!” It went on like this.
When I came back to Japan and entered junior high school, I started drawing one-shot mangas which were about 30 pages.
Maybe it was the time I drew the most.
At the same time, I learned how to make a doujinshi.
Again, because of my father’s business, I moved back to the U.S. and entered high school there.
I was surprised to know that the Japanese manga was much more widespreaded than before.
There was a translated version of anime magazines and anime was on air in midnight.
There were kids who talked to me saying that they are watching Japanese anime. Also, it was surprising that some of them knew a lot more about Japanese voice actors than I.
I think this environmental change made me easier to draw.
I like creating illustration with mysterious and bewitching taste.
I draw a lot of human figures. And pay more attension to their facial expressions, eyes, and looks.
I like drawing legs. Especially the calf part.
Also, I am cautious about the colors, and I love to use vivid colors the most.
When I was a high school student in the U.S., I felt happy when I got some feedbacks on the illustrations that I posted on SNS.
Also, at that time, my art teacher let me do a solo exhibition in school.
It was then, when I clearly felt the joy of being allowed to draw.
I felt that my presence has been accepted by creating illustrations.
I participate in Design Festa alone and COMITIA with my friends.
What kind of person will come and see my drawings? What kind of person will stop by at my exhibition booth?
I think it is the place where you can actually check it by your own eyes.