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Interview #1: Inma

Wed Aug 13, 2014, 2:04 PM by SimplySilent:iconsimplysilent:

Welcome to the first issue of Rising-Artists' Interview series! Today, we have an interview with the very talented inma, a mangaka and illustrator from Spain with four Daily Deviations and over 50,000 watchers. Join us to gain a bit of insight and inspiration from inma's lovely works!
Commission for Creamofdespair -2- by inmaCommission for Whispwill by inma

Tell us a bit about your art and yourself as an artist. How long have you been doing art? What kind of art do you do?

I've been drawing ever since I learned how to pick up a pen. My sister liked to draw, so I imitated her. I draw Japanese style only (I'm not very versatile *laughs*).

Commission for Rerolune by inmaCommission for Madhatterkyoko -3- by inma

Commission for Moondust70 -3- by inma

Your profile states that you are a Freelance mangaka and illustrator. What kind of work does that entail?

I have published manga/comic, and nowadays I work on illustrations mainly. I work for Japanese companies drawing cards for games or designing characters, and also for some European and American publishers focused on how-to-draw-manga mainly. I think companies started contacting me after I posted many commissions (illustrations for personal use). Nowadays I work on both at the same time (companies + personal use pics).
Commission for Moondust70 by inma

Did you have official training in art, or are you mostly self-taught? How do you think that affects your work?

I'm 100% self-taught, and I think it affects especially on the fact I only learnt to draw what I found fun to draw. It still worked for me so far, but sometimes I wish I knew how to draw more things for certain jobs.

Commission for Lavender-Ice by inmaCommission for Vaniraa -2- by inma
Art trade with Hetiru by inma

What program(s) and tablet do you use for your digital work? What are the particular benefits of that program(s)?

I use Cintiq 24HD, which is awesome. It's a 24" screen where you draw kinda like drawing on paper (but digital, of course). As for software, I use IllustStudio for illustrations and ComicStudio for manga. Most people I know use SAI instead, but it didn't work so well for me when I tried it.

Commission Berryiis by inmaCommission for Moondust70 -8- by inma

Do you use any special techniques in your work?

I use many layers, yes (laughs). I also add textures at the end and edit the lineart by changing its color and the layer mode.

Commission for Tajii-chan by inma

What inspires you? Where do you get the concepts and ideas for your artworks?

I get my inspiration from Pixiv most of the time, or from mangas and artbooks I buy. Nothing can help when I have an art block though.

What are some tips for beginners looking to get started in anime/manga style works?

I don't think there's a particular hard side to anime/manga style. Each artist will struggle over a certain part, depending on what they're best/worst at drawing. For me I have a huge problem with neck + shoulders, I never seem to get them right and my poses end up looking too rigid (in my opinion). I guess studying/reading anatomy books helps (I try from time to time).

Commission for Janirotluvx by inmaCommission for Divinusvento by inmaCommission for MizumiHisui by inmaCommission for Raquach by inma

Do you have any tutorials/walkthroughs of your own, or any recommendations you'd like to share? I saw your gallery of tutorials, so are there particular ones in there that you think would be the most helpful for beginners?

Most of my tutorials are about how to use a certain software rather than how to draw. I cannot make how-to-draw tutorials at the moment because of a contract with an American publisher, but if you're interested in learning how to use the basics of MangaStudio 4.0 EX, you can check my Youtube channel.

Video tutorial 01 by inmaVideo tutorial 04 by inmavideo tutorial 06 by inmaVideo tutorial 07 by inmaVideo tutorial 03 by inma

And some final words of advice and encouragement from inma:

We are all learning, and if we keep trying daily, we will become better than we are now for certain. There will always be people who learn faster than us and people who feel like they have nothing else to learn because they're perfect already... let's try not to let that get us down. We'll hardly become the very best in our subject, but if we can make something people like or if we can live from this, then becoming the best is not the goal (I'm encouraging myself here too *laughs*).

Thanks for the interview (^^)

Commission for Janirotluvx by inmaCommission for Remsellec by inma

Questions for the Reader

  1. What are your goals with your art? Is art a hobby of yours, or is it something you plan to make a career of?
  2. Many of us strive to improve our art, often being encouraged (and sometimes discouraged) by the numerous skilled artists on DeviantART. What are your experiences with trying to "become the very best" with your art?

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SED-moh Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She's such an inspiration! Thanks for the great article :heart:
1 It's a career to me.
2 I'm teaching myself to be the very best 'I' can be. When I look at other's art I try and learn something from it and then motivate myself to practice more and try to catch up. You could say it keeps me from being lazy! And it's always a postive thing to have great artists like Inma to inspire me :rose:
NXperience Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's insane :I

1. In terms of art skill, this right here is everything I want! :D I don't want to make a living out of art, just keep it as a hobby and way to wind down. 
2. I just draw. Improvement comes naturally. But "become the very best" explains my mindset quite well!
The-Story-Spinner Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was a really neat article. 
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Glad you think so! :la: We have a lot more interviews with other great artists in the works. :D
Yenni-Vu Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful article!^^

i like to draw as a hobby, just having fun and being proud of what i achieved!^^
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Drawing is a hobby for me too. :la:
Lawli-Art Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1) Meow.
2) Usually both.
SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Your responses are just so incredibly profound. :giggle:
Lawli-Art Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the compliment, and incredible insight into the unknown depths of my poor, deluded mind and mental health.

(Should I be worried?)
JimmyDArtist Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice journal, and a great interview.

As for the questions.

(1) I fully intend to become a professional artist one day. Hopefully making my own Manga.

(2) I get both encouraged, and discouraged by artists that are better then me. In some ways, I think "I'll never be that good(or at least it'll take five+ years)", but in other ways, even if I think that, I think "I can still become a great artist."
No matter how great of an artist you are, you will ALWAYS see other people's art and think "why can't MY art be that good."
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