April 11, 2012: Hatena Featured Artist - josecandel (id:goomer)


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Today's Hatena Featured Artist is josecandel (id:goomer) from the Europe and Oceania region.

Please tell us about yourself.

Hello everyone! My friends call me Candel. I live in a beautiful coastal city in Spain. Since my childhood I have liked drawing, and my mother always made sure I would not run out of paper. I think she liked my drawings, or maybe was afraid that I would draw on the walls if I ran out of paper.

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

I have many hobbies but little time to devote to them -- painting, drawing comics, reading, writing... I wish there were more than 24 hours in a day.

Please introduce some of your best Flipnotes, and tell us why you like them.

★ "The Ducks" - I really enjoyed making this and I love how the ducks walk. The most difficult thing was drawing the water.

★ "The Magician" - I wanted to make a comedy Flipnote and I think this came out well.

★ "OUCH!" - This Flipnote was inspired by classic animated films.

★ "The Little T. rex" - Mr. John created a Flipnote that inspired me to animate this little dinosaur.

★ "Wake Up" - This is a horse animation, but for the gestures and movements I used my Yorkshire terrier as a model.

★ "The Jump" - I really liked the effects when the character falls of a cliff.

What techniques or skills are you especially good at in your Flipnotes?

I think my best skill is being able to create the illusion of movement. I like to mix different speeds in the same Flipnote, combining slow movements with faster ones. I also like to add little things to my animations so that everything seems more natural.

What are some techniques or skills that you wish to improve?

I still have much to learn and the best way to do this is to analyze my mistakes and try to avoid making the same mistakes again. I am very critical of myself and at the same time I am very persistent when I have an idea.

Please introduce some of your favorite Flipnote artists

My favorite artists are:

mrjohn (id:mrjohn) - In my opinion he is one of the best artists on Hatena. I like his unique style and preciseness. His blend of photography and animation in such perfect harmony is remarkable.

geezer (id:geezerdk) - He is one of the best comedians and entertainers I've met on Hatena. His wit and imagination know no bounds, and every Flipnote he makes is a gift full of laughter and humor for all of us.

judgedredd (id:judgedredd) - I really like her clear and detailed drawings. She is very talented and you can see it in every Flipnote she makes.

Simon (id:simon-a) - A great entertainer that has made some of the best Flipnotes here on Hatena.

I would like to introduce all of my favorites, but that is just not possible. I also want to mention:

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

I want to thank Hatena for giving me this fantastic opportunity to meet all the people in this great community. It was one of my dreams, and it has come true. Thank you all, and thank you Hatena!

Click here to check out all of the Flipnotes by josecandel (id:goomer)

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