Allenisya is an art student, part-time Pokemon trainer, who eats anime and paints in her sleep. We first collaborated with her for our third post of Question Time with Eleven Tsuki, and she proved to be not only talented, but also a huge sweetheart and overall inspiring person. Now we’ve brought her back again to ask her a few questions about her experience transferring from science to arts, working in the animation industry and more!
Interviewer: How did you first get into art?
Allenisya: Ever since I first held a pencil and started drawing on everything. (laughs)
I: Do you have any series that you find inspirational until now?
A: Honey & Clover by Umino Chika. It reflects life in a very meaningful way. Until now I still wish that I could travel alone on a bicycle like Takemoto!
I: How would you describe your art style?
A: Flexible. Having high adaptability to different graphic styles is what I’m aiming for.
I: What is your preferred medium for art and why?
A: Digital! It’s like an endless canvas spread out for me to practically jot down anything! As for traditional mediums… I tend to be a perfectionist and get restricted by it. But once some really good inspiration and mood kicks in, I would undoubtedly go for it because only some ideas can be expressed traditionally!
I: Science and art are so different from one another. How was it making the leap from one to the other?
A: Not much of a leap for me as I initially thought. Although they are different like land and sea, the science and arts do compliment one another. Art is not just about drawing. It’s about knowing life itself, scientifically as well; knowing different types of muscles, joint flexibility, human psychology, shadow behavior, reflection properties, mechanics and a lot more. We need to do a lot of research depending on what we are working on, so getting the best of both worlds has definitely helped me a lot in the long run.
I: I’d imagine studying art and doing art for fun is completely different, so what was it like actually studying it?
A: Doing art for fun is like eating your favorite food – enjoying whenever you feel like it. But studying and/or actually working in this line is like, instead of only enjoying your favourite food, you have to cook it from scratch and share the taste with everyone else! (makes rainbow gestures)
I: What has your experience working in the animation industry been like?
A: Tiring for sure, but addictively enjoyable. There are times where I get too engrossed to leave the office, telling myself “just a lil’ bit more!” as if i’m playing some sort of RPG game; grinding my character to a higher level. Loving what you do enables you to enjoy your work even more and deliver better results day by day so please be as honest as you can to yourself in finding where your passion lies, or else you’ll feel like you’re missing out on life!
I: Speaking of passion and whatnot, what is your dream job?
A: Becoming a director like Makoto Shinkai and create uplifting stories that live through time – constantly reminding the audience on what it’s like to be human.
I: Many Asian families tend to look down on the art industry as a job option, what are your thoughts on that?
A: The world is rapidly changing. Doctors, dentists alike used to ensure stable and rewarding jobs, but now there are a lot of them that are unemployed after graduating, for a few years too. My point here is, stop following trends blindly if you can’t keep up with planning your life 5 to 10 years ahead. No jobs promise stability, so I’d rather have all of you enjoy doing what you like, because if you do, you’ll always find your way out there and succeed.
I: A lot of people are still reluctant to invest in art – such as buying work or pledging on sites like patreon – do you have any thoughts on that?
A: I guess it depends on whether or not that particular community has disposable income to spend on things they like, so we need to know our target audience well. Necessity of entertainment is how our creative industry grows but not everyone can afford it. It plummets down if the economy is not doing well too.
I: What do you feel about the “to do art you must be born with talent” argument?
A: Talent is just a cherry on top or should I say, icing? Without persistence and hard work it would be meaningless. You still need some sort of main dessert to go with the toppings, no?
I: Any personal projects or future plans you’d like to share with us?
A: I’m currently working on my own style of comic book and currently trying to participate more in events and opening booths. Look forward to it!! 🙂