Atsuuikakura, illustration, Issue 31, June 1, 2015
When did you start doing artwork? From what I've been told, I've been drawing ever since I learned crayons had a lousy taste and weren't for actually eating. I just remember drawing as something I've done since I was little.
When and what and where did you first get published? Earlier this year I landed my first company illustration gig and did a few drawings for Pelgrane Press Ltd. The experience really helped give me an idea where I want/need to shift gears with illustration as a career. All in all, an incredibly constructive and rewarding way to start 2015.
Do you use reoccurring themes or images in your illustrations? I'm extremely fond of monsters in general. I love to research folklore and analyze whatever metaphors, social/cultural commentary, or insight into the human psyche (and the whimsy therein) they might offer. Or create new monsters just for the sake of playing with ideas.
What media do you like to work in? Why? I tend to default to mechanical pencil and/or ink pens (especially if I'm sketching somewhere in public). For color, I'll often cycle between using markers, colored pencils or going digital.
What artist's work do you most admire? How has this artist's work influenced you? To me, that question seems akin to asking a parent who their favorite child is. I think the oldest artist heartthrob for me has to be Edward Gorey. I haven't seen or read anything by him that wasn't a complete delight. I've also been a huge fan of Stephen Gammell's illustrations for the original Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series I devoured as a child.
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