Tell me a little bit about yourself. Where did you go to school, and what extra-curricular activities did you take up? What helped prepare you to become the artist that you are today?
About myself? Well I'm just the typical procrastinating dork studying in DLSU-M taking up Computer Studies. 20 years old,loves pandas and cats, and a gamer (unfortunately, I never owned a console in my life except for GBC!).
My extra-curricular activities aren't exactly art-related, right now I'm currently taking up Capoeira. If you don't know what capoeira is check it out --> www.wisegeek.com/what-is-capoeira
Both Nokomento (http://nokomento.deviantart.com) and Tomokii (http://tomokii.deviantart.com) are to blame for what I am today (peace hehe!) I learned a lot from them! I can honestly say I couldn't have been an artist if it weren't for them :)
What inspired or convinced you to become an artist?
I remember an anime coloring book owned by my neighbor that I really love when I was little. I started "copying" it and eventually I got a hang of it after tracing it a hundred times. I guess that sparked up the artistic little demon inside me. and also I guess I was happy/giddy and became more motivated when people get impressed by my work.
What is a typical day for you, and who are the people you work with?
A typical day would be to wake up, go online, eat, sleep! Oh yeah..and draw.
What are some of the things that you have worked on?
Nothing in particular really. But I do remember I worked on doing some Perfect World Chibis for Level Up. I also do some small commissions for avatars in deviantART.
How do you go about an illustration, what goes through your mind, from start to end?
I daydream a lot so I guess the ideas come and go.
I think about the different colors I could use or any possible techniques I can apply to make it more pretty and sometimes I think about other artist's styles to help me get more ideas.
Also when in class, I also make a super weird doodle on how it should look like so I don't forget the poses and such.
Could you talk about your process in coloring your art (if at all), as well as the types of tools or media that you use?
I don't exactly have particular coloring style because I change a lot. I just use Photoshop (because I'm such a noob at traditional art and other programs)
What are some of the things that you do to keep yourself creative?
Look at other people's work and read books and such! It really triggers your mind and keeps your inspired.
What is your most favorite subject to draw, and why?
Girls because they're way easier to draw.
Who are the top illustrators whose works excite you the most?
TAKEHITO HARADA and Guezav(http://gueuzav.deviantart.com) because they're just too awesome for words.
So many things! Particularly different techniques and different color palettes that I never knew could work in a picture. I also learned the idea of contrast and lightning and never being afraid to be bold with colors because it can really help bring out the picture.
What are some of your favorite websites that you go to?
Most of the time just deviantart, art, crafts and game blogs, multiply and facebook (just so I can play games).
What wisdom could you give us, about being an artist? Do you have any tips you could give?
As cliche as this may sound, practice does help a lot. I'm saying that just looking at pictures, tutorials and reading how to draw books wont work unless you actually try it yourself! Remember the saying, Rome wasn't build in a day. and never be afraid to go outside the box!
If people would like to contact you, how would you like to be contacted?
I check my messages in devART. If anyone wants to contact me they can visit http://hyamei[dot]deviantart[dot]com
Do you have any of your art work for sale (comics, prints, or anything)? If so, for fans of your work can know where and when to buy it?
Nope I don't sell my stuff because I dunno how.
If you're going to make a comic about your life so far, what genre would it be (comedy, drama, romance, etc.)?
If my life would be a comic book, I'm definitely sure no one would buy it! lol but I could say I want to be a comedy because I want to highlight more about the good times with my friends rather than my sulking moments.