June 13, 2012: Hatena Featured Artist - Nico Blue (id:mdn459)


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Today's Hatena Featured Artist is Nico Blue (id:mdn459) from the Americas Region.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Michael and I live in Ohio in the US, and am about to enter high school. I have a younger brother, two older sisters and a pet turtle.

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

I LOVE playing the piano and I incorporate my music into most of my Flipnotes. Composing is one of my favorite hobbies. I also love drawing (I literally draw every day) and watching television from time to time. I like playing video games and listening to music.

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

★ "Hair Don't" - This is one of my favorite Flipnotes. I spent a lot of time on the animation and getting the voice acting right. I tried animating more of the stickman's body, and I was very happy with the results.

★ "Pizza!" - This is the first original song Flipnote I posted that became popular. This was made when Flipnotes with short, catchy songs were popular. I decided to make my own, using special effects, and based the lyrics on my favorite food: pizza.

★ "Stickman Diet 2" - This Flipnote showcases a bunch of my characters in a fake advertisement. This means something to me because it was the 200th Flipnote I posted.

★ "Monsters Parody" - I really tried to be dramatic, and also be humorous here. This contains some of my favorite animation techniques to date.

★ "Spelling Blue" - This animation showcases two of my characters, Mr. Stickman and Blue. I had the idea for a while and it turned out pretty well. It took time to animate Mr. Stickman, because I tried to make him seem as crazy as possible.

More Flipnotes by Nico Blue (id:mdn459) chosen by Hatena

★ "Gumball Machine"

★ "I <3 Flipnotes"

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

I believe I do a good job with the music in my Flipnotes. I try to capture the emotions the Flipnote portrays and express it through original compositions. I try to be unique with my piano music, and set myself apart from other creators.

I also love making new and interesting characters and each one has their own personality. As of now, I have 12 original characters, and I hope to create more.

Lastly, I have a several animation techniques that I like to use in my Flipnotes. My favorite thing to animate is the face, as there are so many different possibilities. Also, when I am displaying a character's motion, I use five different frames so that it looks smooth.

What are some techniques or skills that you wish to improve to make your Flipnotes better?

I would like to start making Flipnotes with realistic characters. Also, I want to try making stickfights, but I know that it requires a lot of detail and time. For right now, I think I'll just stick to my current style.

Please introduce some of your favorite artists on Flipnote Hatena and tell us why you like them or their Flipnotes.

★ I really admire the style of やhíL!や (id:StarFilp64).

These following 2 creators both spend a lot of time on their animations and have consistently original ideas:

Bo (id:bovegas)

SnowyOwl (id:BurrowingOwl208)

Art by the following creators has inspired the way I make my Flipnotes:

gizmo (id:kingboo7)

8-BIT (id:DizzyDrill)

name nom (id:Mohamed)

BosS (id:Hate) is just amazing!

mike ♪ (id:imallama) has a certain weird charm unlike anyone else

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

Please check out my videos on YouTube at the URL below:


Click here to check out all of the Flipnotes by Nico Blue (id:mdn459)

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