Clash of Weapons member 2013
Freelance concept artist and illustrator
What is the meaning behind “Mabushii”?
A. It’s a funny story actually. Back in 2008, I was watching this anime called Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, in the show the main character always called beautiful people mabushii ikimono (aka dazzling/blinding creatures) So, yeah.. Mabushii came from my otaku induced bishounen obsession. But now that I look at it, the name “Mabushii” in a way kinda stands as a reminder for me to create beautifully dazzling pieces of art.
Why do you create art and what does it mean to you?
A. I create art for fun, escape, therapy, and just because I love to…it means a lot to me. I grew up in a big family and was really never good at anything else. So art was pretty much all I had to stand out with. Art was also a fun way to pass the time.
What are your main techniques and styles you work with?
My main technique is to work from tone, sculpting out the form from light and shade. I also do detailed line work sometimes. Over the years though, I’ve noticed that I’ve became more painterly with things. However, back in the day…I preferred to do only one process. Now I experiment with many techniques and media. I don’t have just one way of thinking about a piece or working on one. I think it’s best to be like water with styles and techniques. In order to adapt to anything that may arise.
How much time is spent creating your pieces?
It really depends on what it’s for… concepts are super quick and I usually don’t spend but a few hours on them. Illustrations on the other hand can take a lot longer, more like months. Some high detail commission paintings can take even longer.
What materials do you use?
Anything and everything I can get my paws on. I work with digital, watercolor, acrylics, pencils, inks, oil paint, and other media… heck, sometimes I’ll even paint with tea or coffee.
How is your work a reflection of you?
Well… I hope at least my love and passion for what I do shines through. As well as the story or emotion I try to tell/invoke.
What other artists (dead or alive) have inspired you?
Man…there’s so, so, many! If I try to list all of them and forget one I just know they’ll be disappointed. A lot of local artists inspire me. Also, the ever wonderful people of the internet on sites like Deviant Art, Conceptart, Crimson Daggers, etc. Pretty much all you guys ’cause y’all are all awesome <3. As for old masters ‘n such.. I really love Bouguereau, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Goya, & Bernini.
How are your inspirations expressed in your work?
I have emulated many old masters and a lot of other artist in my work because I really, really like their work A LOT. I’ll take inspiration from the colors they used it one piece, and clever symbolism in another. I like to draw from many aspects in others work for inspiration, not just solely using them as a stylistic reference. But I think it’s most important to draw the way I see things, to study from nature and from life around me. That way I am free to do whatever I wish in my paintings, without having to feel constrained.
What is your vision/philosophy?
Do what I love, love what I do… and hopefully you guys will too.
Why did you choose to represent your art in this way?
I want to show that I put time, care, and love into what I do. I want to show the joy in the process from start to end.
Most of all when I give the finished work to the client/recipient, I love seeing them light up and the emotion they get from the work! The whole thing really makes it all worthwhile.
Do you do collaborations?
Yes! always open!
Open for freelance?
Publications and work with Calf located here.