Today we’d like to introduce you to Akane Morinishi.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My art career started in America at Santa Anita’s horse track in 2014.
There was a Japanese festival there, and I tried to sell something Japanese.
I didn’t have any experience to sell my art in Los Angeles, so I just brought one chair & one coffee table and my Chibi artworks. (Everyone else brought a canopy tent, and wall stand display!)
My art were sold out, and I had a great experience. After that, I started to book small comic events to sell my fan art.
Please tell us about your art.
I make Japanese “Chibi” art (Chibi is a baby-like illustration style) of popular American and manga characters using Adobe Illustrator. I try to put humor and Japan culture into my illustrations. I want to bring “Kawaii” (cute) style to America and see the customers smile and say “Kawaii” when they see it!
I also do pet portrait commissions on the side.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Bring a dolly if you’re going to art shows! It will save your body LOL. ( I had really bad back problems sometimes carrying my art without a dolly!)
Enjoy the art event and don’t forget to appreciate the customer who supports you! There’s so many artists, and they picked YOUR art!! $2 sell, $20 sell, doesn’t matter, I’m always trying to say “thank you!” and bow to each customer who bought my art!
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work at comic conventions in California. I have been at Anime Expo, LA Comic Con, Wonder Con, Pasadena Art Walk, Designer Con, etc. I also have been New York to sell my art in 2018. I’m going to Denver Comic Con, Silicon Valley Comic Con and Chicago Comic Con next year 2019.
My work can also be seen on t-shirts at Teepublic.com.
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/akaneschibiart/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AkanesChibiArt/
- Other: https://www.teepublic.com/user/akaneschibiart
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