Article by Ichibo Harada @HEW
- An illustrator currently enrolled in high school. They won the First Prize in pixiv's High Schoolers Student Illustration Contest 2020 for their entry Wind Chimes (風鈴). Since then, they've been creating works that combine 3DCG and 2D illustrations, specializing in combinations of inorganic objects, landscapes, and male characters, which are also widely used in commercial fields.
How to stand out, and does relative evaluation matter?
── What has happened since you won the First Prize in pixiv's High Schoolers Student Illustration Contest 2020?
── How did they find out?
── An unforeseen trap! (laughs) Why did you decide to participate in pixiv's High Schoolers Student Illustration Contest 2020?
── How did the winning work come to life?
── Why do you think your work was chosen?
── Your comment at the time of victory was: "I had a feeling that only illustrations featuring pretty girls would be picked as winners for this contest, but I think I have left some kind of mark with my work by winning the First Prize for an illustration that has a boy as its protagonist."
The award-winning illustration took three days to make
── Tell us about your work environment.
* 3DCG: 3D Computer Graphics
── When did you start drawing digitally?
── Your award-winning work also combines 3DCG and illustration, right? How do you mix these different drawing styles so that the final product doesn't feel off?
── What do you mean by cohesive light direction?
── How long did it take you to create the award-winning work?
── Three days!?
Video making changed the way I draw
── How do you usually put together reference materials?
── For example, what kind of places?
── The scenery of Wind Chimes seems to fit the description.
── You have a strong sense of architecture and space, don't you? Many illustrators start with a character and later create a backstory, but you seem to do things differently.
── You also do video making, don't you?
── Since you started making videos, have you found it also affects your illustrations?
── One would think that videos are closer to reality, but it works the other way with you, doesn't it?
── How do you practice drawing?
── Churning out so many pieces so fast, do you ever run out of ideas?
── Are there any creators who have influenced you?
As a creator, I want everyone to know my name
── Do you plan to become a professional creator in the future?
── You have already worked on several commercial projects, but I guess it's easy to feel at a loss when dealing with business requests. What are your tips and tricks?
── In addition to your commercial works, you also actively interact with other creators by hosting a student creator-only server on Discord. Do you find that the communication skills you developed there are also useful in your work interactions?
Most of the time, though, we just chit-chat about where we went that day and other random things. Someone even asked me to review their work, which embarrassed me a little. No way I can do that. (laughs)
── Some creators would rather pursue their craft alone, but the same doesn't apply to you, does it?
── What are your goals for the future?
── In your comment last year, you mentioned you'd like to work on projects featuring male characters. What kind of content would you like to create?
── Finally, do you have a message for the participants of pixiv's High Schoolers Illustration Contest 2021?