Greetings fellow Artists!!
Today will be the start of my weekly featured series of journal entries. Every Friday, for an indefinite period of time, I will be featuring an artist of my interest and choosing, unbeknownst to them, in order to give them much needed exposure and allow them to hopefully get one step closer to flourishing here on dA.
With that being said, let's start with Feature #1: Who is she:
An awesome artist and aspiring "mangaka" online. What She Is Working On:
Ali-Masako (or Masa-chan!) is currently developing her own manga/comic/graphic novel titled Urban
. On the side, I believe she accepts commissions, so if you like what you see on her page, please ask her about availability and rates!History:
I met Masa-chan back in 2012... and we've been pretty good art friends ever since. Our conversations via note were EXTENSIVE and awesome, and over the years we have made sure to keep in touch, by comment if nothing else. However, she's had difficulties getting onto dA because of real-life occurrences and the necessary hiatus or two, and thus her ability to gain exposure with consistent uploads has been harder than what any general member usually faces. I know she's not the only one with this issue, but one thing that sets her apart from a lot of artists with this dilemma is her art. What I Like about her Art:
One of the coolest things about her art is the cleanliness. I know that people rock the sketchy uploads like it's nothing and get lots of exposure for it too, and there is nothing wrong with sketchy drawings; I have a liking for them as well. But there is also PLENTY to appreciate in work that is finished and lacks blemish. Masa-chan does a great job of keeping her work tidy and her intent clear in her artwork, and that keeps my eyes on her work longer than a lot of other people who upload lots of sketches all the time and don't take the time to refine their work. I know she also carries some sketch-work, but even that tends to be on the cleaner side of things, and it's both impressive and refreshing to see. I think this aspect is most apparent in her traditional pieces, such as the one I have linked below for your viewing pleasure! You can see how crisp the inking is, and how carefully the lines were crafted. It shows patience and strength in her focus as an artist, and I appreciate that a LOT!
Another big aspect of her art that I find appealing is her creativity in character designing. Masa-chan's characters are vivid, and you can see clearly in the later additions to her gallery, just how distinguishable each character is. Using the simplicity that comes with needing to draw characters repetitively and the imagination to add little quirky aspects to a character's design or overall significance, Masa-chan spices up her character roster with flourish. I get a lot of inspiration and ideas just from browsing through her gallery from time to time! My personal favorite of hers is Nevi, the cat burglar. You'd think the cat burglar idea would be pretty boring, but Masa-chan switched things up by making him a dude, and an awesome one. Most renditions of cat-burglar I've seen were female, so I was already hooked. But the fluidity of the design kept me intrigued as to who he is and what his angle is in her story.
What intrigues me the most, however, is the variety in her uploads. She will upload scripts, fan-fiction, illustrations, manga/comic pages, character designs and concept sheets, you name it! It's probably there if it relates to being a mangaka, I think that's her greatest strength as well; having a versatile gallery is more interesting that being a one-trick pony, and I think that's true in any artist's case. Examples:
Here are six examples of her work that I really enjoyed!
I tried to capture a little of everything, but Masa-chan has tons more! If you are interested, please visit her page
and browse around!
That's all for Featured Friday #1! Please be sure to check back for the next installment!Shingu