Interview with manga artist, illustrator and exhibition organiser, Eruko Butabako!
Artist Name: Eruko Butabako
───First of all, please introduce yourself!
I am a manga artist, illustrator, and a writer who mainly to curate exhibition.
───When did you start drawing? Have you ever attended an art school?
When I was about four or five years old, my parents enrolled me in an art class (fun class), I started drawing from then on. After that, I then went on to high school where I majored in art and also enrolled in additional art classes locally with the goal of getting into art university.
───Would you like share about the commercial projects and business activity you have participated in?
・Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd.“Doku o kurawaba kanojo made”Total 2 Volumes
・Dempagumi.Inc’s member Ria Kobato Birthday Illustration
・Kizu“Iki no Dekiru Shigai ”T-shirt Illustration
・BLVCKBERRY Virejjivan Collaborative Illustration
・Thank You Mart Creator Collaborate
・Increws Co., Ltd. LINE Dress-Up Collaborate
・Famima Print Collaborate
・ItimatuSuzuka MV”OGERETSU!! ”Illustration
───We think your style is addictive, cute designs with a little bit darkness. What is your creative theme?
The theme is to create unique and impressive work like a wound that never dries, you will memorize it and search or review on internet over again.
───Please tell us who influenced your taste?
Mr. Kenji Miyazawa and Mrs. Rumiko Takahashi! Both of them have great style and propensity, I would like read it over and over again.
───Would you like tell us about your manga series"Doku o kurawaba kanojo made"!
A girl Rera Higashide was bullied by her family and school, because accident she suddenly became a god ... This is probably the story outline, also a story I like very much. The girl is forced to become a god as an object of worship...This is the original setting, which is more eye-catching and dark scene, I intend to create a simple and understandable but discomfort story.
▲Eruko Futabako“Doku o kurawaba kanojo made”Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, Ltd.
───When did you start drawing manga?
I start it during the primary school, but it was about 18 or 19 years old to complete a short manga.
I have been looking forward to becoming a manga artist since I was a child. Even if it feels not realistic, I don't want it stay by just a dream, so I drew a 25 pages short manga as an attempt.
───What is the most impressive illustration you have drawn so far? Is there any story in its creation？
My impressive work is 'meet again'. This is my work with the theme of 'a miracle that meet you in a vast universe'.
I have always wanted to draw a theme like the universe and the moon, but I have no excellent technology when I thought of this idea, I thought I couldn’t challenge it for many years, so it was very impressive when I finally draw it.
───What is the most impressive manga you have drawn so far? Is there any story in its creation？
The plot introduced by this illustration 'Starry Night' is in a corner of the universe, people will eventually become a part of a certain "planet" shining in the night sky according to their own decision, and have a wonderful life... As the protagonist, HAKASE has a best friend for many years, but friend already has a favourite planet, So HAKASE watched best friend go to the chosen planet at the time of parting... It describes such a scene.
This is also about the universe topic, but it’s quite deep work. I have always wanted to paint the manga of the universe, it is impressive that painting style and atmosphere are different from usual... I plan to make copies and publishing it one day, I will be very happy if you have a chance to read it.
───You have held a joint exhibition"Bishounen" since 2017. This is the sixth year, right? Can you tell us how you feel?
First of all, the 6th year of the exhibition went smoothly this year and it would not have been possible without the support of many visitors and creators.
▲Works displayed at the 2023 Bishounen Exhibition (partial)
During the exhibition, we were delighted to receive comments from visitors who said 'we look forward to this event every year', which we believe is the real pleasure of holding this event every year. In order to make it a better exhibition that visitors who look forward to every year will never get tired of, we will devote ourselves to it and work harder, it’s time to say to myself that I’ll do my best next year too!
───What would you like to challenge in the future?
I would like try to making my own game! It would be exciting if I could create a unique otome game(story-based video game) with my own style and script. In addition, I want to try animation.
───Thank you for to be interviewed, is there any words you like to say to your audience or other creators?
Thank you so much for browsing here! I am still a newcomer as a manga artist, illustrator and exhibition organizer, but I want keep challenges, so please look forward to it! I will work harder this year! Thank you for your concern and care for me so far, please give me more advice in the future!
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