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Q&A with Artists Kirabunni, Koichame & Kaejunni
Last time, we showcased some epic artworks from Aussie artists Khee and Akiocha. This time around, we’re featuring the incredible local artists Kirabunni, Koichame and Kaejunni, who have each created their own anime-inspired Transformers characters, Optimus Prime, Soundwave and Ratchet. Here’s what they had to say about the creative process!
How long have you been drawing?
I’ve been drawing since I was very small, maybe around 4-5 years old? I only got more into anime style art around high school, and now I draw every day!
Why did you decide to draw Optimus Prime?
I decided to draw Optimus Prime because I really liked his colour theme, and felt like I had a lot I could work with. I remember watching the Transformers movies and really liking his character as well. His character is very different to what I usually draw so I wanted to try and change it up a little bit!
How has anime inspired and influenced your artistic style?
I watched anime since I was a kid, and was really into magical girl shows. I want to make my pieces pop out, kind of like how magical girls do in their own show. I love to use bright colours, so when people see my work, they will stare at how bright the artwork is when the colours come together. I stopped only drawing magical girls but I hope to keep my artworks bright and colourful, despite portraying different characters and moods!
What is your favourite anime series or movie?
My favourite series will probably be Cardcaptor Sakura. It was what inspired me to draw to begin with, and was one of the very first anime I watched as a kid. It has a lot of themes which make it very interesting and deep.
Do you have any tips for newcomers who are just getting started in art and design?
I think a great way of improving is just to draw what you like! Of course there are a lot of methods to improve, but drawing what you like would makes you enjoy drawing more, and build confidence. I often worry about not having a distinct style that represents me, but don’t worry if you can’t find it yet, it will definitely come to you one day.