Note: Details at the end of the post about a very special project!
Why The Heck Not may seem like an odd name for a person to give themselves, but in the case of this student cum aspiring artist, it sums up his foray into the world of arts perfectly.
We first worked with him on our fourth Question Time with Eleven Tsuki. His art style was both cartoon and dynamic, and dare I say, so was his person. Talking with him, one could easily tell the excitement he had for his interests and the passion he harboured towards furthering his craft.
Since we’ll be working him even more in the future, I think it’s a good time to let our readers get acquainted with him as well. Who is the person behind Why The Heck Not? Let’s find out!
How about we start this off with an introduction?
I am Why The Heck Not, and as quoted from my Twitter profile, “still in school, and is an active practitioner of the Arts™”. I don’t really know what to do with my given skill (especially as a future prospect of a career??), but I plan to find out as time lays out its path for me!
Other than that, I don’t really know what to say… one may have to ask what my friends think of me to get an accurate description. But I hope that you will enjoy whatever I have to say, as much as I have enjoyed answering these questions!
Every artist has an origin story, what is yours?
I have been drawing ever since I was in kindergarten! I have always remembered myself drawing as a child, starting from day one! I don’t know why exactly I was so enamored with it in the first place, but it has brought me to where I am today… (*laughs*)
The first lesson I ever had on anatomy and how to draw properly in general was from my sister back in kindergarten, too (much of the credit for my interest in art goes to my sister, actually!) – ever since then, I have been self-taught, for I never went to any proper art classes (this is also the reason why I am not too skilled in painting, or coloring, etc… haha).
There were certain long periods of time where my interest in drawing started to wane, and was put to other fields of art, like origami. However, in the end, I always found myself coming back to the traditional medium of pencil and paper. So that’s about the gist of the story!
Where you do you find inspiration?
I like to think that I constantly draw inspiration from the things that I watch, read, play and listen to. I do draw inspiration from individual artists and their visual techniques and whatnot, but it’s easier for me to be inspired by stories, which is why I like watching shows and playing video games and the like.
Kunihiko Ikuhara, renowned for his prowess as director on notable works in the anime industry, such as Revolutionary Girl Utena and Mawaru-Penguindrum – his works have smitten me ever since my first exposure to Penguindrum, and I believe that he has served as one of my major inspirations as an artist. There’s really not much I can say about his works, because if you should so choose to watch them, they themselves will speak volumes about Ikuhara and his style than whatever I can say about it.
(On the technical artistic side, his visual aesthetic is on point. I am not kidding.)
Ryukishi07, founder of dōjin circle O7th Expansion, famous for his writing prowess on works such as the When They Cry series (Higurashi: When They Cry and Umineko: When They Cry) has the honour of being one of my earliest inspirations as an artist. I’m sure that Higurashi would ring familiar to some, influencing the anime crowd as a very sensational anime during the time it was airing.
His major works have always stuck by me as a growing teenager, being released around 2002-2011 (while I may have appreciated them for the wrong reasons back then… *laughs*), but I have revisited them in the last couple of years. I have found myself eternally in love with Umineko, and there is no doubt in my mind that it is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever experienced.
Care to share any future art plans?
(*laughs*) Aside from my own personal stories that I wish to share (TBA), I am currently acting as co-leader to an UNDERTALE dating simulator, titled: “UNDERTALE: Romance Route”! We are still in the alpha stages of production, however, so not much can really be seen in terms of “an actual product”.
Allow me to use this space anyway to advertise it, ahem. As written on our plot page:
“ […] You play the role of a human journalist approximately a year after a race of strange creatures rose from the earth, reportedly led by a small child. It just so happens that they have chosen to invite you, a brave and intrepid reporter to either make or break their future intermingling with mankind!
As you interview, get to know, and form friendships with the monsters, however, quite a few secrets are revealed….
Will you be able to look past the mistakes these creatures have made, not only in the name of your newfound friendships but also in the belief that their past does not define them?”
And that about sums it up. We recently released a bunch of extremely beautiful concept art by our art team, and I implore those who are reading right now to check it out! As for further details, I’m afraid that is as much as I am willing, or obligated to disclose. (*laughs*)
As a pretty poetic person, why not leave our readers with a few quotes?
These quotes probably require context to fully understand, so I’m not sure how well these will work as individual quotes – nonetheless, they still ring to me as very memorable ones:
“Love is an illusion. However, if both sides are seeing the same illusion, the love becomes true. However, when the feelings of each side are different… then it’s nothing more than a joke.” – Ryukishi07, Umineko: When They Cry, Episode 7: Requiem of the Golden Witch
“I hate the word “fate.” Birth, encounters, partings, success and failure, fortune and misfortune in life. If everything is already set in stone by fate, then why are we even born? There are those born wealthy, those born of beautiful mothers, and those born into war or poverty. If everything is caused by fate, then God must be incredibly unfair and cruel. Because, ever since that day, none of us had a future. The only thing we knew was that we would never amount to anything.” – Kunihiko Ikuhara, Mawaru-Penguindrum
“The meaning of this I can’t really say in one word… but one way to look at it is that I wanted to convey the sense of what it means to become an adult. In other words, there are no people with pure hearts in the world of adults. So, what would you do when you realize this? In other words, when you realize that the world of adults is a dirty one where no one with a pure heart can live, would you avoid it and remain as a child where you can live in a world of childish and beautiful dreams? Or, would you enter the adult world regardless even if you knew that it was not a pure world? So, which way are you going to choose?” – Kunihiko Ikuhara, Adolescence of Utena commentary
“ ‘The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God’s name is Abraxas.’ – Hermann Hesse, Demian (translated from the German by Michael Roloff and Michael Lebeck)
Do you think you know Why The Heck Not a little better now? Well, you’ll definitely be seeing him a lot more in the future. I’m excited to announce that we’ve been working together to share his art and our stories, in a series of comic strips titled Tsuki Monogatari (or Stories with Eleven Tsuki)!
Here is the first edition:
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Why The Heck Not’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abominableart
Why The Heck Not’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/abominationJL
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