June 22, 2011: Hatena Featured Artist - Ribdestroyer (id:ribdestroyer)


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Today's Hatena Featured Artist is Ribdestroyer (id:ribdestroyer), from Japan.

Please tell us about yourself.

Hello everyone, my name is Ribdestroyer. I'm from the central part of Japan, and live in a city southwest of Tokyo.

What are your interests or hobbies, and how do you spend your free time?

My hobby has been making Flipnotes ever since I first tried Flipnote Studio. Lately, I have been trying to make Flipnotes that express my thoughts and feelings, which I find quite difficult at times. I am always thinking about what I want to draw next.

Introduce some of your best Flipnotes, and tell us why you like them

★ "The Playful Conqueror" - This is one of my best Flipnotes, and it was introduced in the Flipnote Hatena news blog as the Flipnote of the Week. It took me a lot of time to draw the elasticity of this creature, and I think it turned out really well.

★ "In My Mind" - As I mentioned, it is really hard for me to draw what I feel and what I think. In the background there is an apartment building, and I don't know why, but it tends to appear in my Flipnotes often. I also like drawing buildings and scenery, and the blowing of the wind.

★ "Rock, Paper, Scissors" - I like making Flipnotes that only use black and white these days. This Flipnote is the result of me experimenting with some new techniques. It looks unique, and a little scary. Animating the arm and the moving strings required a lot of effort.

★ "Alteration (Helicopter)" - This is one of my older Flipnotes. I didn't think much about the story, and just kept drawing, and extending the animation as long as I could.

What techniques or skills are you especially good at in your Flipnotes? And what are some techniques or skills that you wish to improve?

I believe my best skill is shading. I don't create shading with lines, but instead use the contrast of black and white, and dark and light. I am not very good at drawing humans, so I prefer to draw objects, or create my own creatures.

Please introduce some of your favorite Flipnote artists

I have many favorite artists who have all kinds of great skills, but Hatch (id:season02), Isoflavone (id:eikaisan) and Pekira (id:pekira9074) are especially good at both drawing and animating. They always surprise me, and I really admire them.

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

Flipnote Studio is a great tool to express yourself easily. I am looking forward to be seeing more of your Flipnotes to entertain and inspire me. I also want to create more Flipnotes that everyone can enjoy. I would like to express my thanks to those who have been leaving comments and adding stars on my Flipnotes. You all have been a great support to me and I truly appreciate it!

Additional Flipnotes by Ribdestroyer chosen by Hatena

★ "Multi-unit Apartment Series #2" - This is another Flipnote with the apartment buildings that appear often in Ribdestroyer's Flipnotes.

★ "Sabotage" - This is another example of a strange and wonderful creature made by Ribdestroyer.

★ This Flipnote was posted by Ribdestroyer in September 2010, and is one of his earlier works.

★ "Untitled" - We enjoyed the subtle use of light and shadow in this Flipnote.

Click here to check out all of Ribdestroyer's Flipnotes

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