January 9, 2013: Hatena Featured Artist - Ninetales (id:S050683)


Welcome to the Hatena Featured Artist section of our blog, where we introduce Flipnote creators from around the world.

We post the Hatena Featured Artist every week on Wednesday, and hope to introduce a variety of different artists that will inspire and entertain you.

Be sure to check here every week to see some of the most amazing artists on Flipnote Hatena. Maybe we'll even feature you someday!

Today's Hatena Featured Artist is Ninetales (id:S050683) from the Europe and Oceania Region.

Please tell us a little about yourself.

Hello, I'm a 23 year old introvert from Sheffield, England. I have a cat called Snowy and a dog called Chili.

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

My main interests are video games, though I'm not very good at them. I also enjoy TV, films, books, collecting things, drawing, writing and camping. Most of my free time is spent on the internet.

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

★ "Guitars" - This was my 2nd animation to be featured in the weekly topic (Weekly Topic: Guitars). It's made from parts of older Flipnotes mixed with newer stuff. The music was created with a guitar tuner app on my phone.

★ "Hatena" - This was for the 10th anniversary of Hatena. I couldn't think of anything else to do, and this is what resulted.

★ "Moustache/Beard Game" - I posted this for Weekly Topic: Mustaches/Beards. This is one of many 'press stop' games I made.

★ "Dot Flipnote" - It took a long time to create and place the dots in this animation.

★ "Lick" - I saw animations of characters licking the screen on the internet, so I made one featuring my own character and added the licking noise.

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

I'm hard on myself, so there are very few things I think I'm good at. I'm told I'm good at making quizzes, and I think I'm good at wordplay and 'press stop' games.

What are some techniques or skills that you wish to improve, try, or learn to do in order make your Flipnotes better?

I would like to improve my animation drawing skills. I want to animate smoother and make my characters look better. The only way to improve is through practice, so I had better get drawing!

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

geezer (id:geezerdk) - In my opinion, he is the funniest person on Hatena and he often takes time to chat with his fans.

katt (id:katt2)- She makes wonderful Flipnotes, and is one of the nicest people you will come across.

Mick58 (id:mickinderby)- He is one of the best at making dot Flipnotes. How he has the patience to make them, especially ones with the smaller dots, I will never know!

Simon (id:simon-a)- He is a very talented and funny animator, and his dog Tara is brilliant.

B'Liquid (id:Bimboliquido)- I am a big fan of weird things, and these are some of the weirdest Flipnotes I have found on Hatena. They are also brilliantly made.

...and many, many more.

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

Unless it's constructive, ignore any criticism or insults you get and keep doing what you're doing. Make Flipnotes for yourself, and see praise from others as a bonus.

Thanks to everyone who has ever viewed my Flipnotes, commented on my Flipnotes, and given me stars. The last 3 years have been great, and I hope it continues that way.

Click here to check out all of the Flipnotes by Ninetales (id:S050683)

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