I draw primarily anime/manga, portraits, and realism studies.
quqco is pronounced q-ko (kyu-ko)
I started drawing since kindergarten when my class had an art contest. I won first place because I drew Mrs. Frizzle and the magic school bus doing underwater scuba diving.
Since then, I've been strongly influenced by anime, games, realism, and wonderful stories created by others. I hope one day I can create a story of my own to share.
Q: Where did the name quqco come from?
My name is a pun with the QuQ smiley in it; I changed the word for "child" in Japanese (ko) to co and sandwiched the two together: quqco
You could say the name literally means "cry-smile child." hahaha
Q: Do you do commissions?
Please see here to see if commissions are opened. Thank you for your interests!
Q: What do you use for art?
Digitally, I use a wacom mobile studio pro tablet, Photoshop (painting), and Clip Studio Paint (sketching/lining).
Traditionally, .5mm mechanical pencils, Winsor & Newton watercolours, oil painting, and copic sketch markers.
Q: Why do you have so many different art styles?
I wonder this too! I've concluded that I am too easily bored to stay within one style. I think it's a good thing to be able to draw in multiple styles from anime to realism. Staying one dimensionally limits your creativity, so why not expand?
I will say that my rendering process is very similar for everything: Sketch > refine > paint all on one layer
Q: Is that your real voice?
This question is in relation to those who watch my twitch streams. Short answer, yes. The best way my close friends and family have described it is that I have multiple different voices: excited, mochi voice, annoyed, playful, etc. I am a very animated person. My voice goes higher when I'm excited, and it drops when I'm tired. It can go even lower when I'm angry.
On a music scale, if my non-excited voice is the middle "C" note, then my excited voice is around the "E" note I've been told. For point of reference, I try to stay excited for my streams because I want a happy environment for the community.
Q: What did you major in/what do you do?
I majored in advertising and minored in psychology, but I am a front-end developer. I originally chose advertising so that I could keep doing art in some form in my career, but after college I found myself using the web development skills I had taken up on the side as a career. I've been designing websites since 4th grade when I wanted to make a sailor moon fan website. :)
Incidentally, Sailor Neptune (from Sailor Moon) influenced me to take up violin as well, so Sailor Moon is big hit for me (drawing, career, and music)! I hope one day I can do just art as my full-time career.
Q: What's your biggest aspiration?
I hope I can be good enough one day. :)
Q: Who were your biggest influences?
Naoko Takeuchi (creator of Sailor Moon) definitely sparked my love and interest into anime art. Before I knew what anime was, i was in love with Sailor Moon through and through as a child. As I grew older, my influences included Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli), Hyung-Tae Kim ( Magna Carta), Clamp (Card Captor Sakura), and Takeshi Obata (Death Note).
As I fell more in love with art, I enjoy Alfons Mucha (art nouveaux artist), Gustav Klimt (art nouveaux/symbolism artist), Claude Monet (impressionist artist), Leonardo de Vinci (pretty much everything man), Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (Rococo), and of course the man Bob Ross!
There are countless living artists that I absolutely adore now from all types of art styles. Going to an art museum is a good time for me. :)