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My Mentors

Journal Entry: Thu Oct 1, 2009, 8:24 AM
~StephanieNicole1002 had a question for me:

I have a question, during the time you was illustrating and coming up as an artist before joining the Udon crew, did you ever have a mentor?

Hmm, I had a quite a number of artists that I admired. The first anime I was introduced to was Plastic Little by Ureshihara, and after that I got into mangas like Gunsmith Cats, Oh my Goddess, You're Under Arrest, and Ranma 1/2. These artists we a major influence on me.

Soon after that i wasintroduced to Capcom artist by way of a strategy guide for Darkstalkers in which there was concept art. I would say Capcom artist had the biggest impact on me. Especially Kinu Nishimura which i have the honour of meeting along with Shinkiro, Ikeno, and Shoei. Recently i had dinner with Ono san the producer of SF4 when he came here to Toronto to see us at UDON , i mention it to say that tat was also an honour. I still have to meet Edayan and Bengus.

Also i should mention Mazukazu Katsura and his book I"s is one of my favourites, i have my friend Jim to thank for introducing that to me. His facial expressions are great. I actually feel like doing some fanart of that too.

These are the people I looked up to before UDON, and learned a lot from. And even still to this day i look to them for inspiration. Nowadays i would add a few more artist i really admire and learn form namely : Arnold Tsang, JAxer, Chamba, and many other artist on dA.

The goal of course is not to become copies of them, rather to freshen you outlook and try to see things differently so you can improve.

In the end you will draw it your own way anyway.

I really do thank you guys and I hope I have been of some use to you.

Asalaamu Alaikum = Peace be upon you!

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MatsuoAmon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow that's cool!
the-kid36 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist
kinda funny that's how i started getting into anine art style myself. pretty cool of you to share that with us :)
Tedbob Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Haha, wow, almost the same shows I started with, only minus You're Under Arrest and add in Project A-ko.
eL-HiNO Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
awesome! glad you could share this with everybody. Not many do this.
magion02 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009
Sweet.. Wonder how my journey will go in the future . heh..
DripDraw Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing. That was really great.
DesignHim Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Artist
Would you say that it's a bad thing when you realize that the things that initially inspired you to start doing art just doesn't cut it anymore? Or to say it differently... grown out of? Because that's how I feel when thinking about this question.
In my opinion, mentors in graphic design specifically are hard to weigh in since it's such a broad field.
Omar-Dogan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Mentors i think are more than what I am saying here. I should really specify that these people were influences and i havent consulted them for specific remarks on my work or advice.

As for what inspires you initially from an artist you admire, i think it goes in stages.

I just use my influential artists as a different set of eyes to look through at my own work in a way. I always end up competing with myself, and that is the best way to improve sometimes.
DesignHim Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2009  Professional Artist
You're right.
And I was taking the meaning too loosely.
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