DOB: March 8th, 1990
Educational Status: High School Graduate
Employment: Freelance (self employed)
Style: Anime CGi
Themes: Mythical / Fantasy
Inspiration: Anything Japanese
Provisions: Tea, Banana Granola, Music
Tools: Paint Tool Sai, Photoshop Elements6, Wacom Bamboo tablet
BIO: Hana is a freelance illustrator stationed in New York. She is a self-taught artist and her one true love is books. “When I was younger I used to buy all sorts of art books, strictly for the pictures. Eventually I decided I didn’t want to just look at art, I wanted to make it too! Know that old saying "If you can read, you can teach your self anything? As it turns out, they weren‘t just pullin’ my leg!"
(blurb for PhotoShop Projects magazine)
Q: What does Hana-Keijou mean?
A: Well, hana means flower in japanese, keijou means aproching or uprising... or place of execution. In short it means I kill flowers! I chose this name because my real first name means flower in italian, and I am an uprising artist in training.
Q: When were you born?
A: I was born on March 8th, just one day after Yuu Watase was born.
Q: What's your real name?A: None of your bees wax... (I hate my real name...)
Q: Who do you look to for inspiration?
A: Hmm... That's a tough one, I have so many. I guess my biggest would have to be... Yuji Shiozaki! He created the Battle Vixens manga, and the Ikki Tousen anime. I love his sexy girls!
Q: What materials do you use?
A: I liked to consider my self a 'Jack of all trades' (and master of none). I use Colored Pencils, Paint Tool Sai, Photoshop, and Hexagon for 3D modeling.
Q: How long did it take you to learn how to draw?
A: Well, I've been drawing since I was 5. I started to develop my own style when I was 10, and i've been practicing for about 11 years now. So I guess, 11 years it took. 2003 was an especially good year for me; it was the year I discovered digital art. For 7 years I practiced art with a mouse. I recieved my first art tablet (a wacom bamboo) as a graduation gift in 2009.
Q: Any future career plans?
A: I want to become an animator, even though I know they don't make much. A video game designer would be nice too.
Well, that's all. Got any more questions? Just ask.