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Ahh man, I really can’t answer the last question for you at all - everyone’s path is totally different and you’ll encounter such a unique set of circumstances and opportunities throughout your life that it’s really impossible to say whether a degree is the defining factor.
I didn’t go to art school and I’m fairly happy with where I am now, but maybe I’d be in a completely different place if I had? There are definite gaps in my knowledge that I’m encountering as I enter the professional environment more and more, but at the same time it’s nothing I can’t solve just by searching, practicing and asking.
Basically, I don’t know. I don’t know how your life will unfurl. All I can say is that what really really really does matter is to continually make things regardless of the type of study you do. Anything I’ve managed to achieve has just been through creating art and putting it out there and people saying ‘hey, kinda cool’. And maybe I would’ve done better if I’d had more skills earlier, but maybe I wouldn’t have been any happier for that. It’s impossible to say. I wish I could give you a definite answer either way, but really if you’re looking to justify your decision you’ll always be left dissatisfied. I spent so long during University literally MISERABLE because I thought I’d made a mistake, and if I could have seen how things were going to turn out I would never have wasted a minute on that bullshit.
I’m not sure if any of this was helpful - if I had to give a tl;dr it would probably be, having or not having a degree is just one part of MANY factors that determine your path, but a significant one. Whatever choice you make, try to keep peace with it.
Hello! Ahh man, feeling art blocked can be really scary, but don’t worry you can TOTALLY smash through it!!
To me, art block isn’t a thought so much as a habit? It’s thoughts that turn into habits, maybe is more accurate. Of course a big cause of it is just feeling bad, bored, uninspired or inadequate for whatever reason, but what makes it an actual block is when this starts affecting your ability to draw and produce.
So my advice is to try and reverse engineer that shit and focus on changing your habits first! Just sit down and make yourself do some work, on anything! It can be studies/life drawing, thumbnailing a comic, writing a script, attempting a finished piece, trying an artistic challenge, or just filling up pages in a sketchbook. The important thing is to just keep at it! Set aside some time to draw and don’t let yourself put it off with excuses like “too tired” or “don’t feel good”. Of course you MUST take breaks and rest when necessary, but the thing about breaks is that they feel a whole lot better when you’ve done some work first! haha
You’ll still produce things you’re unhappy with - but you’ll be producing! You won’t be stagnant! “Art blocks” are temporary, and I think the best way to overcome them is to get busy. I draw literally every day, and it leaves me with very little time to get blocked! I definitely have bad days (some very bad) but when that happens I do as much as I can, then go to bed and pick up the pencil the following day.
I hope this helps a little!
Ah you are very attentive!! Yotsuba is indeed my favourite manga ever! What a cute question, as much as I love everyone it has to be Mr Koiwai. I mean, he’s such an awesome dad?? And when I was at uni he was one of the main reasons I wanted to work from home in Japan and live in boxer shorts (both of these goals have been achieved so). He also seems super laid back and isn’t afraid to be just as childlike as Yotsuba.
This is also a very timely ask as well, I’ve been wanting to Get Stronger at slice of life stories a whole lot lately, and I’d love recommendations of good slice of life comics, manga, webcomics etc if you guys have any!
I pretty much put my favourite things in a blender and push puree tbh!!
Like I never bother making characters if they aren’t incredibly self indulgent, both in terms of personality and visual. I’m also a huge fan of visual “hooks” and using these as a starting point and building out from there. It’s important not to have too many hooks, and just draw focus onto the main ones!
But yeah I would just say keep a really tight finger on the pulse of what you like! People make fun of Tumblr for being a timewaster but honestly? My inspiration blog is super frickin handy for keeping the right vibe in my head and keeping me visually excited.
If you’re asking in general, I’m so all about collabs!! If you’re asking specifically, it’s not really something I’m looking for at the moment since I already have a pretty freaking rad one on the go at the moment with Starlock and can’t really see myself having time for any others.
I also think they’re the best when they happen naturally! If you have someone you mutually admire and share a bunch of interests with, the whole project just kinda blossoms on its own I think. Collaborations are amazing and so much fun and I seriously encourage people to try them!!
Absolutely!! Credit is super duper nice!
Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club is the show a cast of voice actors work on in an upcoming comic by Starlock and myself!
Matsuno (the girl) has been put in charge of remedial lessons to help a bunch of shounens improve their mahou. There are interesting results.
Why is it going to be your last fanart print for a very long time?
Ah just kind of burned out on them! Basically a couple of months before my first con I realised I had literally no prints to sell so I had to shove together a bunch really quickly and I’m kind of over it. Fanart is fun and was a nice change from princesses, but I really wanna get back to work on original stuff now!
Sure! They’re both voice actors on a new anime show. Kenta (the one with terrible hair) is a veteran and takes manga/anime super fuckin seriously, to the point where if something doesn’t fit into recognised tropes he just doesn’t understand it. Gomi on the other hand is a total rookie and has never acted before, but is much better with emotions and people (though he has trouble seeing characters as such because anime is for kids right?). …. They hate each other.
They pretty much live in boxers and have perfected the Trash Life.
Kenta and Gomi, the main characters of Mahou Shounen Breakfast Club which is an upcoming collaborative project between myself and Starlock!
They do more than just sit around in boxer shorts but I mean, that’s a large part of their existence.
I’M SMILING SO HARD MY CHEEKS ARE GONNA FALL OFF ;____; THANK YOU?? I’m so glad you have faith in us! We love this project so much and I can assure you, we have every intention of going off the chain and making it as good as we possibly can.
(I’m laughing at “sad little lives” though, it’s not… completely off the mark for some of them, that’s for sure…)
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW PSYCHED WE ARE FOR YOU BEING PSYCHED ANON! We’re super glad you’re interested, and happy to say that the comic will definitely be available online as a webcomic! We still haven’t decided on format/scheduling but it’ll definitely be for free with various other little things you can buy if you want to, much like our respective other projects. Thanks for asking!
A number of people have very kindly asked where/how they can purchase the prints I’ve been making, and you can now do so at my INPRNT account here! Also if there’s anything else you’d like as a print that isn’t currently up there, please let me know.