MANGA.TOKYO has been interviewing creators working in Japan! We ask them about their stories and the efforts they make to establish their place in Japan.
This time we interviewed Kosuzume, a manga artist, and illustrator. MANGA.TOKYO had the chance to work with her before when she made an illustration for our Winter Comiket goods!
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How does she manage to put the magical sparkle into the character’s eyes that make them as charming as they are? We sat down with her for an interview and asked her about it.
Interview with Kosuzume
Q. Did you have a special reason for becoming an illustrator?
Kosuzume: ‘I think it started when I won first place in an illustration contest in the fourth grade of elementary school. I was so happy and it made me love drawing even more.
Q. How long did you practice until you were able to draw pictures you were satisfied with?
Kosuzume: I am still not satisfied with my drawings, so I practice every day!’
Q. Are there any illustrators you follow or admire?
Kosuzume: ‘There are many. There are a lot who draw beautiful pictures but aren’t professionals, so the number of those I respect and admire is endless.’
Q. Is there any work or experience that influenced you as an illustrator?
Kosuzume: ‘In elementary school, I was able to look at so many pictures of illustrators on the internet and other places. There were many people the same age as me who were really good at drawing and I thought that there are so many people in the world who can draw well. That became my motivation to draw.’
Q. Do you do something special to get better?
Kosuzume: ‘I try to draw a previous picture with different materials or change something. Like this I find new things that I like and might use in the future and things that don’t fit my pictures and I won’t do anymore.’
Q. Please leave a message to our overseas readers who are aiming to become illustrators.
Kosuzume: ‘I think the shortest way to become an illustrator is to think: “It’s fun to draw a lot and everyday!” Illustrations have no borders. I think anybody from any country can become an illustrator, so please enjoy yourself while drawing pictures!’
Have Fun Creating!
From a young age on, Kosuzume enjoyed drawing different things and found inspiration everywhere, and that made her take the road she is on now. She was able to absorb many things greedily, which seems to be an important aspect of how she ended up in her current position. We are sure we will see a lot more from Kosuzume, so look forward to her future works!
Find more illustrations by Kosuzume here:
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