July 7, 2010: Hatena Featured Artist - Dr.Zoom (id:DrZoom)


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Today's Hatena Featured Artist is Dr.Zoom (id:DrZoom) from the Europe & Oceania region.

"Monster (Hunt) p.4" by Dr.Zoom

Please introduce yourself.

I'm 34 years old and live in Switzerland, where I work as a software architect and developer.

"(Cool) Walking Man" by Dr.Zoom

How do get ideas for your Flipnotes?

I get most of my inspiration by watching the scenery and people around me. I go for walks very often through the town or in nature. I collect impressions, situations and conversations around me and this is the basis for most of my inspiration. I also like the work of artists such as Paul Klee, or M.C.Escher, who are only two of many artists that I like. I also get inspired by other user's Flipnotes as well. Some of my favorite Flipnote artists are (in random order):

What do you do in your free time?

I like to create art in many styles and using different kinds of techniques. You can see some of my images on my deviantART page. Recently I created a series of t-shirts featuring my Monster character. In addition to making art, I like to compose music. Many of my Flipnotes have music loops which are composed especially for those Flipnotes. Not much of the music I compose is available online, but I have posted some samples of the different styles and pieces I created in the past.

What kind of Flipnotes do you want/like to create?

Normally, I get a crazy idea and think, "Can I do this in Flipnote Studio?". Many of my Flipnotes were created from that intention. However, I can not predict what ideas I will have in the future!

"Fish (Traveling)" by Dr.Zoom

Let's talk about something unrelated to Flipnotes. As you own a Nintendo DSi, we assume that you enjoy playing games as well. Which Nintendo DSi Game have you played recently and which one is your all-time favorite?

Recently I played the following games for Nintendo DSi:

I also played the following DSiWare titles:

I also enjoy all kind of RPG games like "Golden Sun" and the "Dragon Quest" series. (Known as "Dragon Warrior" in North America.) The next one I will play is "Dragon Quest 9".

"Just for Fun!" by Dr.Zoom

As you know, Hatena is based in Kyoto, Japan. Have you ever been to Japan? If you get a chance to visit here, what is the first thing or place you like to check out?

No, I have not been to Japan yet. But I have plans to go to a language school there sometime in the future. I also hope to visit the Flipnote Hatena team in Kyoto.

Thank you for taking the time to answer those questions. Now, final word. If there is anybody you would like to greet or something you would like to say in the Flipnote Hatena community?

I would like to thank all of the people in the "Serious ;-) Flipnote Artist Club" for being a great source of inspiration and support.

"Autumn" by Dr.Zoom

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