We have some anim-AZING news for all mech fans!
We’ve partnered with Hasbro to bring you a mecha-awesome competition, celebrating the release of Transformers War for Cybertron ‘KINGDOM’!
There are 4x incredible Transformers Prize Packs up for grabs, featuring epic products from the new line, and anime-inspired artworks by some talented Aussie artists!
To enter, and for full terms and conditions, visit the competition page here!
Q&A with Artists Khee and Akiocha
As part of this epic launch, Aussie artists Khee and Akiocha created their own anime-inspired Transformers characters, Bumblebee and Starscream. Here’s what they had to say about the creative process!
How long have you been drawing?
I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember, haha! I grew up watching American cartoons and that later led to my interest in anime and animation in general. I’ve always had a greater interest in images than text so drawing has been an important part of my life. I’m actually now working as a storyboard artist for children’s cartoons and films so I feel like I’m living my dream!
Why did you decide to draw Bumblebee?
The live-action Bumblebee film was actually the first piece of Transformers media I ever watched. I like that Bumblebee is portrayed in many iterations as a more cheerful and energetic character than the other Autobots. Bumblebee offers some more optimistic and light-hearted moments from the more serious personalities of the Transformers cast and I enjoy those kinds of characters… plus, I like his bright yellow colour.
How has anime inspired and influenced your artistic style?
Goodness, I can’t imagine my life without anime! Anime and manga definitely influenced my art style in a major way! Early on I remember that I would try to recreate anime screenshots from shows like Cardcaptor Sakura and Shugo Chara. I was so amazed by the stories and the visuals of anime shows in the sense that I couldn’t believe animation could look this way. I did start off by consuming a lot of magical girl shows, so maybe I have all those pretty anime girls to thank for influencing my art to be cute!
What is your favourite anime series or movie?
How can I possibly pick just one? I feel like my interests in anime series go from either light-hearted feel-good to darker themed shows. Some shows I adore include K-ON, Sugar Sugar Rune, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Death Parade, LoveLive, Aggretsuko, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Toilet-Bound Hanako San, Hunter x Hunter, Soul Eater, Ouran Highschool Host Club, Princess Jellyfish… I am also a long-time fan of Danganronpa and the Vocaloid community. As for anime movies, I think Wolf Children, Hotarubi no Mori e, A Silent Voice and Promare have to be my favourites of those I’ve watched so far!
Do you have any tips for newcomers who are just getting started in art and design?
Art, and any creative skill for that matter, is an ever-evolving journey. I know everyone gives the advice that practice makes perfect, but I think there is no “perfect” in art. I want to encourage the spirits of anyone interested in art regardless of skill level. Do you want to draw? Just go for it! Not sure how? The internet is full of free resources to teach and guide you! I believe you can do it and make art you can be proud of!
To repurpose the sentiments of a certain animated rodent, “anyone can draw”. Just go at your own pace, keep learning, keep observing, keep trying and just know this: what you create IS worthwhile. Looking at my earliest artworks, I feel a little embarrassed but I also really respect my younger self who worked really hard and was proud of that art. It’s only because I kept going that the artist I am today can do what I do now. I’m still learning and I think I’ll always be learning. Do your best and enjoy yourself :)