-It’s wonderful to have you here, mocha!
It’s wonderful to be here, too.
mocha’s art book production preferences!
-When did you start collecting your works into art books?
My first art book came out on November 2014, so less than two years! We can say I’m still a beginner. (lol)
However, I started participating to a lot of event recently. Since I want to have a new collection for every event, I ended up having six different art books out there.
▲His art books until now. His illustrations mainly consist of landscapes and sceneries.
-A new collection for every event? That sounds exhausting... But I guess your fans must be really happy. What are your preferences when creating a new art book?
I try my best to come up with a theme for every art book. I choose the contents hoping that whoever is gonna see the book will understand what the theme is and the connection between the illustrations.
There are so many good art books in the world, so I want mine to leave an impression on whoever looks at them. I want people to say “Oh, I see. This book is that kind of book.”
About the technical aspects such as colors, I have to say I’ve always used the same printing company - so I don’t really have any preferences yet.
-I see! You want to leave an impression on your readers by deciding an impactful theme in advance. Tell us about your art book contents!
always place the illustrations I’m most confident in the first page, in the last and in the middle. The introduction is important, and you can relax a bit in the middle and at the end of the book, there’s the dessert. I guess it goes something like that! (lol)
I always try my best to put myself in the readers’ shoes, to understand what they’d like to see.
-The art book you recently presented at COMITIA was great! It didn’t feel like a plain collection of illustrations, on the contrary, it was very cohesive.
Thank you very much!
How was the final result?
-Honestly, how did you find the art book you printed with pixivFACTORY BOOKS?
It came out so well! Honestly, I didn’t think it would be much different from the art books I get printed at my usual place... I was so wrong!
Usually, when I send my art books to get printed, I convert my illustrations in CMYK format first. This often means sad, dull colors and it breaks my heart every time. When I received the art book from pixiv, though, I was shocked!
This time the theme was “the sky”. The cyan in all the illustrations came out so deep and vibrant, it was just spot on!
-We’re glad to hear that! In other words, what you received was close to the RGB version of your artworks. You tried to print the same book using other printing services, right? Would you mind making some comparisons?
I don’t mean to say my usual printing company is bad, I always had the impression that their colors are quite similar to the ones in the CMYK version. However, pixivFACTORY BOOKS quality was far superior - the cyan looks so beautiful!
I was shocked at how pretty the colors could actually look like in an art book. I’m really happy someone made me realize it.
During the usual visits at one of the last events, I showed the art book to one of my acquaintances and everyone around us looked dazzled. I came to a conclusion that the printing company you choose really makes a big difference.
▲Left: Printing company A Right: pixivFACTORY BOOKS
-You can clearly see the color saturation (especially for cold tones) is totally different! They're not completely different, but details really matter when it comes to the final result.
Was pixiv FACTORY BOOKS easy to use?
-We asked you to take care of all the steps, from uploading your illustrations to pixivFACTORY BOOKS until the product order phase. What were your impressions?
I found pixivFACTORY BOOKS easy to use and very intuitive. I had the impression it would be perfect for beginners.
The first time you bring something to a printing company, they shower you with difficult words such as "PP processing", "RGB conversion" and "wireless binding", so having a place where they take care of everything is somehow encouraging.
Also, I thought it’is a great service for all those who have been using only one company. That was also my case, and it made me understand how important it is to choose a good printing service!
-Thank you for your kind words! What were the most important aspects for you when you chose your current printing company?
Honestly, the price. (lol) But I have to say, after this little experiment you made me change my mind a little bit.
Secondly, and I know it might sound weird, but I really appreciate a good service. For example, if they give me a plastic case when it's raining outside and I have to carry my prints back home safely. It's something really small, but it's also what makes me want to go back to a certain shop a second time.
-I guess everyone could use some money! (lol) And don't worry, we totally get what you mean. A good service makes you want to become a regular client! With pixivFACTORY BOOKS you can easily compare and choose between different companies. Do you think it's convenient?
▲Plan comparison table: you can easily compare different plans from different companies.
The fact that you can choose your plan according to your art book size, page number, event you're gonna participate and number of copies is simply awesome. You choose your parameters and different plans show up, already sorted by price. So convenient!
You don't have to pay attention to the deadlines, you don't need to think "I should fix either the number of pages or the number of copies if I want to stay within my budget" or no need for a calculator to check if the final price will be as you imagined. It basically eliminates all the inconveniences of printing an art book!
-We're honored! Anything else you liked?
I was impressed with the simplicity of the uploading process. You just upload your illustration and place it however you like. It's a similar feeling to the one you get when you upload multiple images to pixiv, and you can check how they'll look next to one another. If you're not satisfied with the results, you can fix the layout and try again. I think it's great!
▲pixivFACTORY BOOKS preview function. You can check the final result before printing the art book out!
hank you very much! The preview function is a pixivFACTORY BOOKS exclusive, you won't find it in other printing companies. It's definitely one of our strengths! Was there something you were not so happy about…?
I always print my art books in full color, so this is what I went for this time too. However, there aren't many options to choose from (sometimes there's just one)… So I really wish pixiv could broaden their offer to match people's preferences and budget.
Also, I wish there was an option for landscape mode (horizontal printing mode) and a way to resize artworks...
-We’re sorry, but we promise you we’re working on it! Our plan is to keep on expanding our options and to make printing art books even easier in the future!
Thank you very much! I can’t wait!
-Right now, for every order on pixivFACTORY BOOKS you will receive a 5% discount coupon on your order! This means you can basically get a button badge (or any cheap product) for free!
▲with pixivFACTORY you can create 29 different products!
Woah! I’d like to make some leggings with a night scenery or sky print on them and have someone wear them for me (lol).
-Wow! You should definitely do it. We’re at the end of this interview - any last words?
I’m really grateful for this experience. It made the whole art book making process 100% stress-free, and I feel like I made some new discoveries.
-Thank you very much!
pixivFACTORY BOOKS cooperates with a number of printing companies to bring you some whole new possibilities. We want to make the fun process that is creating your very own art book even more satisfying.
We're currently working on new plans!
If you're planning to participate to an event from now on, try out pixivFACTORY BOOKS!