Enjoy Chihiro Howe's interview with Miyabi Shindo, illustrator and a manga artist based in Japan.
I was fortunate to be able to interview a Mangaka from Japan, Miyabi Shindo. She works with a monthly magazine, ComicRyu, where she has her manga Ame to Hare no Kaze no Tabi serialized in two books. She has also worked on Copic de Kakou! Color Illust Jotatsu Making, published by SHOEISHA. All of her work is colored using Copic Markers.
What did you do before becoming a professional Manga artist?
I made manga to enter contests for new manga artists while I worked part-time and did illustration jobs.
When did you start wanting to be a manga artist, and is that always what you wanted to do?
Since I was about 10, my dream was to be a manga artist, but I had a bitter consciousness about making stories. I did like to draw, so I aimed to become an illustrator when I was about 12. When I reached 21, I finally wanted to try a one-shot manga.
Please tell us about your struggles and successes in becoming a manga artist.
It was very hard to finish one episode by the due date once I started the ongoing manga.
What I succeeded in was becoming faster at drawing, and gradually I stopped panicking near the due date. I kept thinking “I’ll finish if I do it”.
Are you grateful to be a manga artist? What was the hardest part?
Completing a book is delightful, so I’m very glad to be a manga artist! I think what’s the hardest is continuing to draw and getting books published. So I want to keep trying hard.
When you're thinking of a story, how do you know where to start? What is your process for coming up with characters?
I started making manga because I wanted to “move” my drawings, so I start from drawing a picture, and think “what is this place like?” or “what is this person like?”
What is the best part of making manga?
When the editor gives and OK to the name, and when the manuscripts are completed.
Aside from Copic Markers, are there any other tools you absolutely need to do your Manga? Why?
Just sweets and coffee, because my head gets tired.
What advice would you like to give aspiring Manga artists?
I think the best thing is, even if it’s a short story, make and complete a lot of manga and show them to editors.
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