Wave began publishing on Tapastic on July 23, 2013 and she quickly garnered a following and captivated us with beautiful illustrations while displaying an amazing talent for world building. Wave took some time and sat time with me for a fun interview. Enjoy.
I’m most interested to know how you came up with the story for ERA: Ibuki and what was the main inspiration behind committing to the idea and making it in a webcomic?
Ibuki’s part of a larger series that I’m working on called ERA: PROELIUM! I love science fiction and I love the idea of post apocalyptic futures, but instead of going into a typical this side versus that side story, I really wanted to focus on a strong little girl who’s tired of all the violence and wants to try to change things in her own way. I wrote the story years ago, and I wanted it to just be part of the backstory in the main series, but I decided to play around with the idea of the flip/webtoon format and adapt it into it’s own story instead!
I have so much fun drawing the comic in the webtoon/flip format! I seriously want to encourage more artists to try it. I feel like it’s so fresh and new and just packed with so much fun.
Is ERA: Ibuki your first webcomic or did you start with Convergence?
Convergence was my first webcomic! That one was done in a traditional webcomic format though, and it’s much more light-hearted than Ibuki! And it’s also so old now to the point where I’m kind of embarrassed by it ^^; but it still holds a really close place in my heart
Could you tell me a little bit about what the process is like to get an episode of ERA: Ibuki done from start to finish.
I wrote out the story for Ibuki a long time ago in a novel format… I don’t work off a script like most people do @_@ I really like the idea of just working off an outline! It kind of feels more liberating because I always change my mind every now and then about the smallest things! I draw everything digitally, even the sketches! I do this crazy thing where I work on three pages at the same time so it makes the coloring of the pages easier. My process basically goes… Super Rough Layout > Sketch > Inking > Painting Backgrounds > Coloring > Special Effects > Lettering. Rinse and repeat every 6-10 hours! @w@
Also what are the tools you use and what advice would you give to beginning artists that haven’t tried making a webcomic before.
I use a Cintiq 21UX and my trusty robot PC! I sketch and Ink the comic in Paint Tool SAI, do the colors and backgrounds in Photoshop, and the lettering in Illustrator! I started to do this new thing where I color the backgrounds in grey scale and then do color toning on top of it, and it really helps speed the process even more!
For artists starting out making a webcomic, I think the most important piece of advice I would give is to plan! Planning out pages ahead of time and having a cohesive story is vital. … oh hmm, actually, I think the most important thing is to never give up XD No matter what. Keep pushing through and finish a story, because a lot of people can say that they make a webcomic, but very very few people can say they’ve actually finished a story With that in mind too, I think it’s really helpful to start on a much smaller story before moving onto your super huge epic! (If making an epic is your goal, of course)
Do you mind telling us a little bit about yourself? How you came to be an artist and what you like to do outside of art.
I started drawing thanks to this little game called Rockman (Mega Man)… It was the coolest game I’ve ever played and I wanted to draw my own robots for Rock to fight! Outside of drawing, I try to find the time for VideoGames, Walking/Exploring New York City and reading all the comics I can find! XD
Do you read any other webcomics, any on Tapastic that you can recommend?
Yep yep, I read a lot of webcomics all over the web I remember the first one I ever read was MegaTokyo. As for Tapastic, I would like to recommend quite a few comics! I love Comatose, Vampire Fetish, Raven Wolf, Bully Eater, Magience, GamerCat, both of Yuumei’s comics, ahhhh there’s just so much awesomeness @w@;;;;;;;
Oh wow, I didn’t know you liked coloring more than drawing, what aspects of coloring do you enjoy? Or why is it that you prefer coloring over drawing?
I just love the way colors mix together and feel on a page Don’t get me wrong, I love black and white too! But I feel like colors are just… wonderful! There’s a sense of serenity or an extra sense of “pow!” with colors. I love how colors can tell stories just as much as linework, and how all of it comes together to create something awesome That probably made little to no sense, but yes! It’s just tons of fun to color
Rapid Fire Questions:
1) Who do you have the biggest artist crush on?
So many people @w@! I love Eiichiro Oda (One Piece) Yasuhiro Nightow(Trigun), Jim Cheung, Mark Brooks and Nick Bradshaw from Marvel… Bengus from Capcom… JayAxer and Alvin Lee from Deviantart… ahhhh. So many to name!
2) Favorite and least favorite things to draw?
I actually love coloring way more than drawing XD! But I love drawing everything scifi… and my least favorite thing to draw are bugs! Because Bugs scare me
3) Best place to draw in New York City?
In any of the parks, because there will always be something strange or interesting going on ;D
4) What is your artistic muse (can be anything)?
As much as I would like to say comics, I think videogames are my biggest inspiration! There’s something just about being able to be interactive with the world that gets to me more than reading a comic… But reading comics are a huge inspiration as well @w@;;
5) Favorite part about being an artist?
My favorite part about being an artist is to see people’s reactions to the stuff I draw. @w@; When I’m not drawing dark and gloomy stuff, I really want people to laugh and smile, or feel warm and fuzzy feelings from all the cute things I create! Then the next thing that I love is just being able to create worlds with art. There’s nothing like the feeling of wishing you were in the picture! *w*