What goes behind the scenes of the sorrowful crying faces drawn by illustrator Oshioshio. - “I don’t want to make tears mere accessories”
Oshioshio is renowned for their illustrations featuring characters expressively conveying their emotions through their crying faces. Just what goes through their mind when drawing such engaging expressions? We sat down with the artist and got a behind-the-scenes look at their illustration process.
- Illustrator and manga artist hailing from Kanagawa Prefecture, Oshioshio primarily works on illustrations that overflow with and convey the emotions of their characters, including those with crying faces. Oshioshio is also well-known as the artist behind the character designs of VTubers Kanata Amanae from hololive and Kirame Sorahoshi from NIJISANJI, as well as their work on "My Deer Friend Nokotan", currently published in Kodansha’s Shonen Magazine Edge. They are big fans of cats, dogs, and all animals in general.
The road to becoming an illustrator was paved with doujinshi
── I understand that you graduated from an art college. Did you always have the idea of making art your career?
── What sort of things did you do to make your debut as an illustrator?
── Did you have any experience with doujinshi at that point?
── Ah, the bittersweet lives of the otaku of yesteryear, eh?
私は紙に印刷された絵を見るのが好きなので、同人誌を作る為に絵を描いてるみたいなところはあるかもしれん🤔— おしおしお@9/2~21初個展開催 (@oshioshio_info) April 27, 2019
── You were able to publish your doujinshi, catch the eyes of publishers and make your debut within your year deadline, is that right?
Something about my own brand of silly material made something click for me.
── You aspired to be an illustrator, but did you have any doubts when you first made your commercial debut as a manga artist?
── So, you decided to just go for it.
── What did you worry about?
── Your manga “My Deer Friend Nokotan”, serialized in Shonen Magazine Edge, is a comedy manga that revolves around a high school deer-girl. A lot of your illustrations depict sadness but the manga you write are pretty out-of-pocket in comparison, aren’t they?
── Please tell us some series or authors that helped create your foundation as a comedy manga artist.
── Is there any work that has recently left a lasting impression on you?
Drawing “manga-like lines” took trial and error
── As someone who originally aspired to become an illustrator, what keeps you drawing manga even now?
── Does your drawing style change between manga and illustrations? Like, do you ever think things like, “A pretty picture might make it hard to laugh at a gag.”
── Manga-like lines?
── It sounds like it would be interesting to re-read “My Deer Friend Nokotan” while paying attention to the line changes!
I want to create illustrations that viewers can immerse themselves in
── Your crying expression illustrations have garnered popularity. What inspired you to start drawing them?
── Please tell us what you pay special attention to when drawing crying faces.
── To think that there’s such a backstory! Because of the well-developed settings, even just the phrase “crying face” has plenty of variations, doesn’t it?
── Does that mean you spend a lot of time drawing out the expression?
夏が過ぎても、消えたくないなぁ pic.twitter.com/agyIIapJcB— おしおしお@9/2~21初個展開催 (@oshioshio_info) September 7, 2021
Being aware that VTuber designs will become fan art
── What’s your workstation like?
I use an iMac, a Wacom Cintiq that’s probably 22HD for my LCD tablet, and Clip Studio Paint for my software.
── You’re in charge of the design for recent VTubers like Kanata Amane and Kirame Sorahoshi, right? What do you keep in mind when you’re designing their models?
── What are things you’re careful of when interacting with clients? It seems like it would be difficult in both illustration and design to capture and produce the image the client has in mind unless you’re used to it.
The feelings packed into “Aoibikari”, the exhibition’s title
── Let’s discuss your first exhibition. Is there a special meaning behind the title Aoibikari?
── You’ve put a lot of thought into the title, haven’t you? Its key visual is an illustration with a sorrowful mood typical of your style.
── What are some of your exhibition’s highlights?
── Lastly, could you please tell us what your goals are going forward as an illustrator?
Oshioshio’s solo exhibition, “Aobikari” is open through September 21st!
Dates: September 2nd (Fri.) to September 21st (Wed.)
Days closed: None
Address: Tokyo, Shibuya City, Jingumae, 5 Chome-46-1 TWIN PLANET South BLDG. 1F
Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Merchandise is also available online!
Some of the merchandise sold at the exhibition will be available on BOOTH. We hope you take a look at the merchandise lineup created with Oshioshio’s input.