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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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Kalidreamine Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
She is none of my biggest idols and such an inspiration to me!!  I loved this interview article and hope to read more like these on the future!  ^^

1. My goal is not to reach a certain level, but rather, it is to keep on improving, all the while.  Perfection, I know, can and will never be reached. It's unattainable. However, it's still a good idea to keep pursuing it, in my opinion.  Right now though, I want to get to a level where I will be commissioned enough.  My is that when I reach that level, I will donate all the earned commission money to charity and people who need it.  My biggest dream is to do what I love (draw) and help people at the same time.  There's not much need for self-gain, I think.  It will mostly be a hobby for me, and a way to help people.

2. I used to think I was a good artist.  Only now do I realize I was very silly.  I look back at all the art I created in disgust sometimes and I am glad I improved to at least some extent.  However, there are some days that I can't draw decently at all, and I'm frustrated by that.  Even though there are those days for me, they will go away, and I'll be able to draw again, I know.  Whenever I look at art like Inma's, though, I become very inspired and it refocuses my drawing skills again.  
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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:
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Divergence0 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!
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The-Story-Spinner Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was a really neat article. 
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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
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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!^^
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Drawing is a hobby for me too. :la:
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Lawli-Art Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1) Meow.
2) Usually both.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
Your responses are just so incredibly profound. :giggle:
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Lawli-Art Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General 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?)
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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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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
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1. How fun! Any plans for what kind of manga?
2. Haha, very true. There will always be someone better than we are, so we shouldn't let that get us down. :D
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JimmyDArtist Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a few ideas, I'm just not sure which ones I'd want to do first. :shrug: Though they're all roughly inside the "shonen" Genre.
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Roxxia-chan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. I don't know if it'll become a career but I want it to be an option in case I fail.
2. I never really tried to become the very best. Every artist has a different style so there's never a best. But to improve I looked at a dozen tutorials and tried out different methods. Eventually I improved on my own.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
1. Always keep your options open! :dummy:
2. That's certainly a nice way to learn. :D
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Roxxia-chan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
1. yessireee~ :la:
2. yeah... just going with the flow and trying new things is by far the easiest... otherwise if you're trying to improve there's this added pressure and I don't do pressure.. and if it eventually doesn't turn out right, you're just gonna be kicking yourself and it'll only bring you down.
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014   General Artist
Beautiful article! :la:
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
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ask-fern Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
those final words inspired me :'D

1. My mother always wanted me to make my art into a career, since my other siblings didn't. So I plan on doing it for her <3.

2. I have mixed emotions when it comes to artists who are obviously better than me. I always end up telling myself that I'm terrible and won't ever be as good as them, but I try to encourage myself by saying that if they can draw like that, someday I would be able too. I'm very impatient when it comes to my style, and I really wish I could improve every hour :''D. So pretty much I have a battle with myself whenever I see a great artist lol.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
1. Ah, how interesting. Any specific field you're thinking of?
2. I think that's many of us. :huggle:
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ask-fern Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
1. I actually want to make an anime when I'm older, and though that's a high goal, I plan on reaching it ! 
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
OOh, how exciting!
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UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent interview.

1. I plan to make it my career.

2. It can be discouraging seeing all sort of amazing artists my age or younger. I have to remind myself that I will not get any better sitting around and moping, but by actually working on the areas of my art that need improving. Setting little goals is a great way for me to feel like I'm getting somewhere. (e.g. trying rarely used palettes, rarely used poses, moods, expressions, perspectives, or just focusing on drawing a certain body part that I struggle with.)

Also, looking back at old art can show myself how far I've come, that I am improving, and that I shouldn't give up. Laughing at my old stuff can relieve a bit of stress too.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
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1. Ooh, how exciting. What art field are you going into?
2. Haha, it is discouraging to find a great artist and then realize how much younger they are than you. :P
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UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. Freelancing seems to be my best bet.

2. Indeed.
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WDMofficial Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. I am just a hobbyist, and I don't see myself taking art professionally in future.
2. I am still in the beginning stages of art, so I mostly look up at other artwork and tutorials by other artists. Moreover, my dad is always criticizing my art. I do need to work on my anatomy. ^^;
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
1. Me too. Art is just a hobby for me. :D
2. There's always space for improvement! :eager:
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WDMofficial Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Falonian Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. I'm not sure yet. It's just that there are so many good artists around the world, it's easy to get lost in that wonderful chaos of artwork... But making a living out of your hobby would be great of course. For now just a hobby, I'll see where it'll take me.

2. I'm quite the perfectionist, so I sometimes struggle with myself and my own artworks, especially when looking around on dA sadly. For me, it's never good enough. Ever. But at other times, dA helps me to improve and inspires me. It's just that I want to be the best in everything I ever do, but that is impossible of course.

I love Inma's works really, one of the people who inspire me on dA :nod:.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
1. Yep, I think you just have to see where art takes you.
2. Just as long as you keep trying your hardest, that's the best you can do. :D
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Skunkyfly Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
1. It's a hobby that we like to do, but we want someday it will be our permanent career, so we can to earn something from this and help our familly

2. we,,, er,,, usually get nervous when see other people's great art. It make us think that... "I'm just a dust in this big world" OTL. but, we always try to stand up from this feeling by do more practice and struggling each other (since we are 2 ppl in 1 account,LOL)
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
1. Yep, extra money from art is great even if it's just a hobby.
2. :huggle: Just keep practicing, and you'll improve soon enough!
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Skunkyfly Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
okaay! sure Thank you very much ^^
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Goodnight-Melbourne Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
1. I believe there is something between just hobby and just career.

2. The best way yo improve is before asking others, or taking their opinions, question yourself like a bad ass teacher.

Beautiful works btw.
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Haha, indeed. I think many of us are our own harshest critics. :D
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Cuineth Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think of art as a hobby. I draw because I like it. But I do hope one day to be able to sell my work and inspire others (but I think that's a long way ahead).
One might find this weird, but I get inspired looking at good art online, while I feel discouraged looking at good art in front of me (on paper for example) and then I give up for a few days or so...CURSE YOU!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
There's always plenty of time to learn and improve. :eager:

That's interesting. What's it about the art being online that makes it more inspiring? :giggle:
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Cuineth Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's true, thank you.:nod:

Seeing art on paper usually comes with knowing the artist personally, or at least seeing him face to face. "This person in front of me was able to draw this, while I couldn't". But when you see art online you do not see the person who drew it, so it's more or less "just there". So I think "This is a good piece of art, I want to do something like it!".... Without connecting the art to a person and feeling jealous..
Frankly, I'm not sure what the reason is... I just know that it happens sometimes. Shrug
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014
I always got that feeling when I see traditional art in front of me, such as master pieces in museums and such. Traditional works online don't always retain all of their original detail, so I think it's a totally different experience seeing it in person.

I do understand what you mean about the art being more personal, though. Digital art online does seem more detached, especially when it's something random on the internet instead of posted in a profile, etc.
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Cuineth Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True, true... I'm glad you understand me. :hug:
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jonemiller62 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice interview, and always great to hear about self-taught artists success!

1. I've been a hobbyist all my life, but now I've reached a point I would like to experiment with varied medium and define my own style(which seems to fall between comic style and realistic cartooning). When I've refined my style to my satisfaction, I plan on drawing a series of characters for my more ambitious goal of creating my own video game!

2. I have found the cornucopia of inspiration that is deviant art has greatly influenced what styles, techniques, and medium I want to try. I've found my digital art has improved drastically, and my drive to try various mixed media has driven me to expand my out of my comfort zone of color pencil and acrylic to watercolor, alcohol-based markers, and oil pastels. To say the least, I am very excited to see where my art will lead me!
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Yup, shows us that it's certainly an achievable goal!

1. Your own video game, how exciting! Any ideas what you want it to be about?
2. Oh, certainly. Seeing all of the different kinds of art on here (so many I used to not know about!) makes me more adventurous with what mediums I try. :giggle:
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jonemiller62 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for late reply, flu kept me from a computer.

Planning on a fantasy based MMO RTS. Have ten years worth of notes at this point, sketches, thoughts, ect. Have a lot of the programming side of design done, the mechanics planned out, but I want my art to be up to par before any further planning.
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SpeakerAktive Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoa whoa, awesome, this gonna be new information for me, thanks a lot *that cintiq hurt me a lot XD i have wacom intuous manga edition don't worry about it ^_^*

1. Actually, i wanna be a mangaka or illustrator, for me it's not about "i need to be the best", but "i need to put more fun and impact to it" and "slowly but sure, fast but with own pace" because i still don't know what "the best drawing" is because human potential is unlimited. *okay back to the question* it's my hobby plus my plan to make career in the future (maybe....lol) :-) (and someday i gonna reach dat "cintiq" as my weapon to draw lol)

2. for me, whatever they talk about my drawings must be for good reason, that's where i improve myself, looking at cool stuff or "kawaii / cute" stuff or else is a new things for me that can increase my skill like how to draw basketball player or sketching lolis or else, "never look down, look up, but sometimes you need to look down to see your improvements and give them help if they need help, even they makes you down for your drawings" -Quote by me lol :-)

thanks a lot ^^
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Certainly agreeing with "i need to put more fun and impact to it". I know a lot of artists gets stressed out when they can't improve as quickly as they'd like, but its nice to take it slow and just doing your art. :)
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RgDraw Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Pretty cool work Inma ! keep doing cool stuff ! ;)
1 : i plan to become a concept artist for video game and movie and i won't stop improve my skill until i wouldn't be able to hold a pen !
2 : i don't really understand the question so...i'll just say i have some friends who help me (and i help them back) so we could improve together !
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
1. Don't break your hand there. ;)
2. Some deviants get inspired by great works, while some say it only makes them compare it to their own work and see their own flaws. It's nice that you can improve together with your friends!
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RgDraw Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
don't worry for my hand, i try not to push too hard, because if i can't draw anymore i'll be so sad !
yeah i love my friends ! i learn a lot by seeing the work of my idols too ! :p
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To-Ka-Ro Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
Lovely interview, it was very refreshing and down-to-earth :nod: 

1. Art is something I plan to make a career from, and I already do art to earn some money. 
2. I don't want to become the best in my genre, I just want to be the best I can be, and encourage others to do the same :nod: dA has really inspired me and pushed me to work hard on my skills rather than rely on talent, and all the amazing art on here has really inspired me. 
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SimplySilent Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
1. What kind of art career are you thinking of?
2. DeviantART indeed is a great place of inspiration. :la:
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