Article by Ichibo Harada @HEW
ReSURGUM is also the name of the SWAV's original sci-fi series depicting "the battle between the magical girls of public security and the primordial witches." The exhibition features 12 never-before-seen illustrations dedicated to the artist's opus.
Drawing characters with humanity
── When did you start drawing?
── Starting from your very first pixiv post in 2013, you've been posting heaps of pretty girls, so I thought you were originally into bishoujo characters!
── What was your first commercial work?
── That's quite a big job for a debut!
── Your illustrations seem to always expand on the world and story you created. When you draw something, do you think about the setting first or do you just pick up your pen and see what happens?
I want my characters to have a soul ー a sense of humanity. That's why I always try to make each character's personality shine through what they wear. I ask myself questions like, "Where should I place her pouch for easy access?", or "Where should the holster be if she's right-handed?". I think about all these things while drawing, so sometimes I get lost in the act, but the more I ponder and the better the result: even getting lost is a crucial part of the process.
Illustrations imbued with film, music, fashion
── Story and setting seem quite important to you; have you ever thought about drawing manga?
── What do you mean by splendor?
── What works influenced you?
── In your creative process, do you place a great deal of importance on the input phase?
Using 3D for "accidental discoveries"
── How do you come up with the impressive composition of your illustrations?
── So you use 3D to determine the best angle of view.
── The act of seeking these kinds of happy accidents sounds very movie-like. What software do you use?
How does an entirely self-taught artist learn how to draw?
── How did you learn how to draw and use computer graphics?
── As a hobby artist, the decision to become a full-time illustrator must have been a big one for you.
── After you committed to becoming an artist, how would you practice?
── Do you have any advice to help beginners make progress with their art?
── Even though you don't make use of saturated colors, your illustrations still look very intense. Is this also thanks to the power of lighting?
The fascinating differences between Japanese and foreign companies
── You often work with foreign companies. Is it different from working with Japanese clients?
── How do you handle the language difference?
── The subtle nuances of illustration work must make working with people from different languages and cultures quite challenging.
── What cultural differences do you find particularly curious?
── Jade green is often used in posters for sci-fi movies, isn't it? Like The Matrix.
An interest in animation made me join an animation studio
── Tell us about the ReSURGUM series, which is also the title of your solo exhibition. What's the story about?
── 12 never-before-seen original illustrations from the series will be displayed at the exhibition venue. What are the highlights of the event?
── Could the ReSURGUM series be expanded to other media in the future?
── You mentioned earlier that you are interested in creating manga. How about video works?
── I see. I hope everything turns out great for you! Last but not least, what are your future plans as an illustrator?
SWAV's first solo exhibition "ReSURGUM" is now open!
The exhibition features 12 never-before-seen illustrations from the artist's original Sci-Fi series ReSURGUM. During this special event, visitors can experience the world of SWAV's works thanks to the attention given to lighting and space design. Don't miss it!
Exhibition period: March 11 (Fri) ~ March 30 (Wed), 2022
Location: Tokyo, Shibuya, Jingumae 5-46-1 TWIN PLANET South BLDG. 1F
Opening hours: 12:00 - 19:00