作家インタビュー ゆっぺい 英語版

We’ve interviewed Yuppei Sakanozaki, who is preparing for her 3rd “Geijutsu ran shou” this year.
-When was the first time you participated in the Zouto Wani Project?
Exactly 2 years ago, when I was 18.
-How did you come to learn about this event?
I got a message on Twitter from the director, Mr. Zouto, asking if I would participate in the exhibition. After that I met with Mr. Zouto and then exhibited in the December “Geijutsu ran shou”.
-And how was the “Geijutsu ran shou”?
I was pretty motivated. (laughs)
I really wanted the big space on the second floor of the Irorimura gallery, but I ended up displaying on the first floor. But you know, the entrance was all glass, so you’d be able to see the works from outside, so I was okay with it.
The “Geijutsu ran shou” itself was interesting. For example, I made sandwiches and sweet red-bean soup, and entertained guests. There were times exhibitors would help out with looking after guests.
Also, even though there was no limit on exhibitions, unlike other public exhibitions, this one didn’t have an exhibition fee, so that was pretty good. The “Geijutsu ran shou” encompasses a year, so I made sure to submit all the pictures I had drawn that year. And I think that it’s good that I get lots of people, including other exhibitors, to look at my pictures.
-What was your motivation to start drawing pictures?
That would definitely have to be manga.
I was in 5th grade the first time I bought a manga.
Before that, when I was in 3rd grade, the kid in my class who was best at drawing would draw manga in a free-use notebook, and everyone would say how amazing they were, and I thought they were amazing too.
When I was in the later years of elementary school, there was someone that would draw on A4 or B5 sized paper, fold that in half and make these kind of fan-comic style drawings, and I started mimicking that.
-What was the first manga you bought?
It was a Ribon manga magazine.
The reason for that was because of a music class. For that music class I had to prepare my own bag. And I thought “Hey, there’s a bag included with the Ribon magazine.” After that, info for girl’s manga just unfurled before me. And I started thinking that I wanted to try drawing like that. I wasn’t at an arts school, but there were lots of other students around me that drew manga. And I also joined the manga research club.-How did you come to draw pictures?

Every morning at my house, we would watch the news on NHK.
One day, I saw a feature on this young girl artist, Ai Shinohara, and I got a jolt.
At first, the pictures that came out were black and white, but then color pictures came out and I was amazed. After that, I scoured every corner of her homepage.
When I was in my third year of high school, I met an artist named Kana Ohtsuki. I really admired her and I drew a lot of pictures that copied her style. At first I wanted to draw manga, but I wasn’t able to create stories very well, so I started doing pictures.
-What part of your work screams “This is my originality!”?
It would have to be my emotion. I use what I felt in my teens as motivation and draw my pictures. I want to draw those strong emotions.
-What kind of artist do you want to become after this?
I want to be able to draw pictures that when people see, they get interested in and can never forget, pictures that have strong character and appeal.
For me, drawing is a work that purifies my emotions.
I don’t mind if I don’t have money or can’t sell my pictures. All I want is to be able to draw pictures that I can be satisfied with, that I like, and that are moving.
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Yuppei Sakanozaki
Born in Osaka, 1992
Currently enrolled in the Fine Arts Department at Osaka University of Arts

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