When did you start drawing seriously?
I’ve really, really, been drawing all of my memorable life. I think the earliest pictures date back to when I was 2 years old. Ever since I was in preschool, people told me that I was really good and should become an artist when I grew up, so I guess I took that pretty seriously, because drawing is the only thing anyone’s complimented me on. Since I was a kid, I’ve always been creating stories, designing characters, and making stickers out of clear tape (that sounds so ghetto, but I used to be so fascinated by making stickers). I guess you can say I’ve been aiming to become an artist all my life.
What are your tools of trade?
Digitally, I go back and forth between Photoshop and Sai. Photoshop 7 is my baby (I’m an old school kid), but my old computer wiped out and I don’t have the disk for it anymore, so I’m stuck with Photoshop CS5 now. With traditional media, I draw with assorted 0.5 Japanese mechanical pencils, Sakura Micron, and Copic markers.
How do you make your stickers?
For traditional stickers, I have a (actually I have three) Xyron sticker machine. For digital art stickers, I print them at home on sticker paper. I’ve tried at least eight different brands. If you have time to buy them online, I suggest LD Products pack of 100 glossy or Wausau pack of 30 matte. If you’re in a rush, Fry’s Electronics (west coast) sells Merax glossy sticker paper, and Staples sells matte paper.
In the future when I have the money, I’d love to get them professionally printed. I’ve looked into it, but I’m afraid that at this point, I wouldn’t be able to break even.
Are you selling your stickers?
Yes I am! See the question below.
How can I buy your stickers?
I sell at Fanime every year. Currently I’m not selling at any other conventions, but if I am, it would be announced on my blog. I also sell through my online store.
What kind of tablet do you use?
I currently use a Wacom Intuos 5 in a size medium. It’s name is Geneviere. Gene for short.