Mar. 16, 2011: Hatena Featured Artist: Itokichikun (id:wakasuga)


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Today's Hatena Featured Artist is Itokichikun (id:wakasuga) from Japan.

★ "Riding the Giant Rope"

Please introduce yourself.

Hello everyone, my name is Itokichi-kun. I'm a grown-up, but I'm young at heart!

How do you get ideas for your Flipnotes, and how long does it usually take you to create them?

I try to look carefully into things that I am interested in. I get my ideas from TV shows, books, or from other users' Flipnotes. Sometimes an idea will just pop into my head when I wake up in the morning. It usually takes about a day to create my shorter Flipnotes. My more complicated Flipnotes often take several weeks to complete. Usually, I think my Flipnotes are better when I spend more time on them.

★ "Snowchild and Snowfall"

What hobbies or interests do you have (besides making Flipnotes)?

I like taking walks. While walking I often imagine things, and create stories.

★ "Hanapoo Drinks Some Juice."

Who are some of your favorite creators on Flipnote Hatena and why?

I love all the artists that are in my favorites list. Some of my absolute favorites are Youhei (id:aoyamayouhei), Bobiko(id:bobi-wan) and Izumi (id:izumi-v) who have inspired me ever since I started making Flipnotes.

★ "Wave Loop #2"

Do you have any advice or tips for other Flipnote creators about how they can improve their skills?

I think one important thing is to finish making a Flipnote no matter how bad you think it is, and don't ever give up. You will improve if you continue to draw and practice. Eventually you will surprise yourself and others with the Flipnotes you create.

★ "Short Story"

What kind of Flipnotes would you like to create in the future? Are there any new things you would like to try?

I'd like to try making some Flipnotes using photos, or maybe something where I can work together with many other Flipnote creators.

★ "Life is Tough for Salarymen"

Is there something you would like to say to the Flipnote Hatena community?

I think Flipnote Hatena is an amazing service where people can create and share animation easily, and communicate with others. I hope many more people can create and post their excellent Flipnotes, and that I can also continue to make more Flipnotes that everyone will like.

Click here to check out all of Itokichikun's Flipnotes

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