Artist Introduction – Emi (thoughtPlus)

Hello! I’m Emi. I’m a sculptor and an artist, and I’m very into internet culture. I spend most of my time on social media and/or drawing/sculpting, and I have a pretty awful sense of humour  that mostly consists of terrible memes. I will be selling sculptures of popular characters, and perhaps some of my artwork!

How did you start making art / doing what you do? When did you start?

Well, I started making clay creations when I was around 7 years old, but I stopped for a reason I can’t really remember. I picked it back up in late 2013! And I’ve been drawing for my whole life.

Is this your first Minicomi?

Nope! I sold my stuff last year.

Did you take classes or are you self taught?

Self taught. sometimes I get certain techniques from other people, but I have never taken any classes.

What are you proud of? What are you trying to improve on?

For both art and sculpting I think I have to work on posing and getting the hair to not look stupid haha

What superpower would you have and why?

shapeshifting!! want to fly? BOOM transform into a bird! Want to breathe underwater? TRANSFORM INTO A SHARK YO

I’m really looking forward to coming and seeing all these amazing artists!! if you stop by my table feel free to say hi to me!

Check out Emi here:

personal tumblr
art blog
clay blog
Facebook

Artist Introduction – Suki (CrescentScript)

2016-MiniComi

1. Is this your first Minicomi?
After moving to Vancouver in 2014, I heard about MiniComi too late to attend, so I went to 2015’s as an attendee! I’m very excited to sell for the first time this year!

2. Did you take classes or are you self taught?
Outside of Life Drawing classes from my very recent college course, all my art skills used for print and button art are self-taught. I’m still learning and practicing different techniques to improve my skillset :)

3. What are you trying to accomplish with your work?
I’d love to start a comic someday, when my funds and daily schedule allow for it >u< Alongside that, I’d love to make animated shorts~

4. What other hobbies do you have?
I sing and dance to J-Pop (Vocaloid dance shots, etc) in my spare time! The dancing is great for staying fit when gym memberships are expensive x’3 and I’ve been singing since I was 5 years old.

My art is always a work in progress, and I aim to make cuter things, rather than super detailed, realistic pieces. I hope that I can create something for everyone to enjoy!

Check out Suki here:
http://crescentscript.com
http://patreon.com/crescentscript
https://www.facebook.com/crescentscript/

Art Contest is Open!

Head over to the Mascot Contest page from the top menu bar now, for the MiniComi 2016 art contest is open! All you have to do is to draw our mascots and the winners will receive a free full or half table at MiniComi 2016! We welcome all kinds of art mediums. Deadline is in around a month so there’s something you can do during the Winter break~

Click on the top menu bar or click here to go to the Art Contest page.

Anime Evolution

This weekend we’ll be hanging out at Anime Evolution, head over to UBC and see the shiny new student union building!

There’s panels about pretty much everything anime, wonderful guest personalities, and lots of brilliant artists!

Come visit us at the community table section and play some silly games, draw something, or perhaps be drawn by one of us.

We’ve highlighted some of the artists that were at MiniComi, in case you missed them then.
Be sure to check out the artist alley either way because there’s lots of good stuff in there!

MiniComi Artists at AE 2015

Thanks for Coming to MiniComi 2015

It’s been a couple days of rest since MiniComi 2015 and all the memories have soaked in for a bit.

Hope everyone enjoyed the event.

Thank you to the artists, the performers, the attendees, the staff at 1 Athletes Way, and the volunteers.
Without all of you, we wouldn’t be able to run an event like this.
Part of what makes MiniComi exciting is that our community is filled with creative people and people that support each other.
May we continue to grow together with each iteration.

We will continue to work hard to improve the event.
If you have any feedback, please let contact us via email.

If you believe you lost something at MiniComi, please contact us via email with a description of the item.

Hope to see everyone again next year. Have fun this summer!

Q&A with Shawna of Decodoki

So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.

Here’s how Shawna of Decodoki replied.
(questions are in blue)

Could you tell us a bit about who you are?

I am a university student that will be going to SFU in the fall. I’ve always been a very creative person, always finding ways to channel my artistic energy. From oil/acrylic painting, to cosplay, to cake decorating, and finally, decoden, I’ve always loved art, particularly the imaginative process.

When did you start crafting?

If you mean when I started dabbling in art, I would say when I was about 8. I was at my neighborhood library and they had on a children’s art festival. Some of the kids were my age or even younger, and I thought, “Hey, I could do this too!”. So, I asked my parents to sign me up for art lessons with the teacher that had put on the festival. I’ve been crafting, decorating, writing, you name it, ever since.

Who has influenced and inspired your works?

I’ve had a tendency to envelop myself in the works of other artists who excelled in whatever field I was exploring at the time. When cake decorating, I would watch the Food Network religiously. When going through the RCM levels, I would listen to Chopin and Debussy. I got into anime again four or five years ago, and it has been a constant source of inspiration. The unique animation styles of series like Madoka Magica, or Mawaru Penguindrum are visually extraordinary, and character designs from series like Amnesia or Karneval are breathtaking. Soundtracks of movies like Howl’s Moving Castle, and concepts of series like Death Parade or Kiseijuu convince me that anime is not only a form of entertainment, but also an art.

What type of art currently fascinates you?

I’m currently very into cosplay. The craftsmanship shown by a lot of individuals is something that I hopefully aspire to reach one day.

What is the most challenging aspect of your art?

Getting familiarized with the right supplies. It definitely took some trial and error, and I gained a lot of experience along the way.

What is your favourite tool to use for your art??

I love it when I get to do cases with glitter whip.

How challenging is it to keep up with the latest fashion trends for your accessories?

I view decoden as an upcoming trend itself. An average person off the streets of Vancouver probably won’t be familiar with decoden, much less know anyone who produces decoden accessories. The only real trends that apply to decoden are the creative ones that artists come up with themselves…and maybe keeping up with the hottest anime series at the time.

With many smartphones mostly looking the same or similar, how important is customization of appearances of such items?

I do agree that a lot of phones nowadays look the same. Now imagine if phone cases were like that too, plain and simple. Although some people prefer the minimalist or practical look, others often let their cases become small projections of their style and personality, whether they be stamped with their favourite tv series or, in my case, decked out in whipped cream and anime figurines. It’s an outward expression of individuality, and I think that’s awesome.

What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?

I’m looking forward to selling and promoting my cases and accessories, and meeting a lot of new people. I’m also right by the stage (G2 people!) so maybe I’ll get a glimpse of some of the awesome events scheduled.

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?

Custom orders can be arranged! I will have business cards with all my info at the convention. I look forward to meeting everyone!

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To find out more about Shawna come to MiniComi, chat with her and pick out the trendiest accessories for your generic looking phone.
She’ll be at table G2.

Q&A with Midbot

So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.

Here’s how Midbot replied.
(questions are in blue)

Could you tell us a bit about who you are?

I’m Midbot, been in and out of the Artist Alley scene for five years, though I have been crafting for a long time. I’m a lot of things when it comes to fibre crafts: I sew, I crochet, I needlefelt, and I like to experiment when I get to combine any of those skills. I love getting creative, and I often brainstorm projects for myself or for someone else. There’s so much I want to do and often I feel that there’s little time, but I try my best to crafting when I can, especially if it’s on the go.

When did you start sewing?

If sewing tiny beads onto paper counts, I’d say about 6 years old! At least that’s the earliest time I was trusted with a needle and thread, thanks to my grandparents who are a pair of clothing designers and producers. My mom also sews and gave me fabric scraps for dolls when I was little. I guess you can say it’s in my jeans to sew! Get it? Hhhhh…

Who is your favourite fictional character by any author/designer?

Domo-kun

Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?

I’m very proud of my first complicated plushie that I made as a special gift, it was a “Cutenid” or a cute Tyranid from Warhammer 40k. It helped me develop a lot of skills I carry on today, such as pattern creation. I got to see the differences in techniques I’ve used since I made a practice one and the actual gift, and it turned out awesome!

Which was the most challenging and how?

There’s no particular project in mind but a particular craft skill: wet felting. Without taking classes and mostly learning from videos, wet felting has been challenging for me since I’m not used to wetting fibers (unless I’m prewashing fabrics) that is supposed to shrink and get tangled within itself. It’s hard to describe but after a few transom coin purses I made, I’m starting to get the hang of it.

Has crocheting become part of your commute?

Since my commute to work is long, I make the most of it by keeping my hands busy somehow. Compared to sewing and needlefelting, crocheting is the easiest and safest crafting skill I can take with me on transit without needing a table to work on, and I can recall a pattern by memory.

What is the best way to learn to crochet?

At first I tried learning from a book, but it still confused me. I got a lot better after watching video tutorials, then it helped me understood what the book was trying to illustrate.

What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?

Seeing regular and new people, artists and attendees, and all of the new things to be featured. MiniComi keeps getting better and noticed!

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?

I make a lot of stuff but I have a hard time keeping an online presence so bear with me and my rare updates. My things do come off inconsistent since I rarely share my projects because I’m always learning and trying new things. I guess it’s kinda why people get thrown off that I have plushies, amigurumi, and needlefelted items on my table, and that they can’t believe I made all of them. I really should work on my social networking skills…

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To find out more about Midbot, visit her tumblr page, Midbot
Also come to MiniComi or you will know the terror of amigurumi Cthluhu
She’ll be at table F7.

Q&A with Breanne

So you could find out a bit more about the wonderful artists that will be at MiniComi this year, we asked some of them a few questions.

Here’s how Breanne of Darn She Can Yarn replied.
(questions are in blue)

Could you tell us a bit about who you are?

I’m a 22 year old video game fanatic, engaged to one who speaks computer and we have a corgi who is our daughter. I work at a print shop as a graphic layoutist and print production associate.

When did you start crocheting?

I started crocheting about a year and a half ago.

What is your favourite tool to use for your art?

I like to include needle felting in my crochet works.

When you improvise a pattern, how long is that process before you start crocheting?

Usually when Im improvising a pattern, it happens along the way while I’m crocheting. I dont really sit down and write out a pattern, I just use the parts of the pattern that work, and then sort of wing it after that to make the shapes I need. If it ends up not what I was looking for, I’ll start that piece over. This makes it really hard for me to do repeat dolls, I’ve found! But writing patterns seems so tedious…

Who has influenced and inspired your art?

I would say my mom and her passion with her aprons inspires me to pursue my artistic passions as well.

How important is it to have the support of your family?

My family has always been very central in my life. If I did not have their support I would be in a very different place in my life, I think. I am very close with my parents and my three siblings, my fiance and my sister’s fiance.

Do you have a friendly rivalry between your crocheting and your mother’s aprons?

I suppose we both want to do well, but I wouldn’t say it feels like a rivalry or a competition. We want each other to do really well, too. And its different because my items are generally less expensive than the aprons, so it would be hard to fairly judge. 😛

Who is your favourite fictional character by any author/designer?

It’s a very difficult decision but I will say Pikmin, by Shigeru Miyamoto.

Which of your creations are you proudest of and why?

I think I am most proud of my Chocobo doll. It has so many parts, and it even stands!

Has knitting and crocheting become part of your commute?

Sometimes, yes! I used to have to ride about an hour to get to work, so there were a few months when I definitely had a yarn ball stashed in my purse.

What are you looking forward to at MiniComi?

I’m looking forward to seeing lots of other artists’ and fans’ creations, as well as some awesome cosplay.

Is there anything else you want everyone to know about you or your art?

My mom and I can do comissions, if you have a character you want to be made into a doll or an apron, you can contact us and we can talk about it and work something out. :) Thanks for the chance to be interviewed!

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To find out more about Breanne, visit her facebook page, Darn She Can Yarn
Also come to MiniComi and you’ll find out why stashing a ball of yarn in a purse is the best thing to have on a long bus ride.
She’ll be at table S16.