anibee Doujinshi Feature of the Month : Rixou!
Starting off as a student reporter with Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao and having participated in the Ignite! Graphic Novel Publishing Initiative sponsored by Media Development Authority Singapore in 2009, Rixou currently works on numerous projects and was selected for Noise Singapore's The Apprenticeship Programme 2012. We get to speak to this talented, locally-grown story teller!
anibee: Tell us a bit about yourself, as well as a brief run through of some of the works you have done!
Hi, I'm Rixou and I am a freelance artist and instructor. I have created content ranging from book illustrations to mascot designs for both commercial companies and independent authors. I am also working on the next installment of my original graphic novel, Pandora's Scar.
anibee: How long have you been practising as a doujinshi artist?
I joined my first comics event in 2003 and made my first self printed original doujin - as part of the art group Sora - in 2005.
anibee: What were some of your earliest inspirations?
The very first two mangas I read were shonen classics Yu Yu Hakusho by Yoshihiro Togashi and Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki, both of which I still regard - among others as outstanding examples of how to write engaging and varied characters. In terms of doujinshii production I was a big fan of the works of Japanese Doujin artist Azumi Tohru, who did fan comics of popular titles like Yu Yu Hakusho and Gundam Wing and gave them her own unique spin. On my first trip to Japan my friends and I went a little mad buying doujins. That even the 'amateur' artists were able to produce such quality work was inspiring and a great motivation.
anibee: What tools do you normally use?
I start with woodblock pencils, micron pens, brush and ink on paper. Color and final effects are added on computer with Photoshop, Corel or Comic Studio.
anibee: What are your thoughts on the local manga & comic artist community?
There are some very talented artists out there, but currently it seems most are just doing their own thing and not really getting to know or work with other artists. I would like to see a more connected community where artists freely exchange information on upcoming events or their own works and are more open to collaborating. But that's just my own opinion - if anyone is reading this and disagrees, give me a buzz and let's be friends! ^_~
anibee: Will you be participating in any events this year?
I am hoping to showcase my latest works at STGCC in September, and likely a couple of other events after that too.
anibee: What are your plans for the future?
In the near future I'd like to continue and finish my original doujin Pandora's Scar. As for the far future, I would like to always continue to tell stories through pictures - whether that will happen in the form of working with other creators, guiding others to create, or even starting my own art circle will depend on future developments and circumstances.
Excellent words from a passionate story-teller! Check out her artworks on her deviantart page at http://oasis-sky.deviantart.com!
- Edited by YQ