Hello! This is Mercedes, half of Studio Kawaii. I´m the one who does the pencils and ink. I also help with the scripts and love writing the dialogues.
When I think back, I find I´ve been drawing for all my life. I always enjoyed it. But never thought I´d be drawing manga, telling my own stories and sharing them with the rest of the world.
To be honest, the first time we saw anime (Saint Seiya, Dragonball, Creamy Mami, Idol Eriko…) was precisely when we were 12. I was fascinated by it, and loved drawing all those characters, the saints in their shiny armors, and the girls in those lovely and princess-like dresses. Basically, copying, tracing and drawing them for fun.
I didn´t consider drawing “seriously” till the first manga magazines came out here in Spain. And I saw an opportunity. I met other artists, learned from them… and then, years later, Internet and digital art came.
But still, I started to develop my own style sooo late, when I was 17-18.
So, overall, if I could meet again my 12-old year self, I´d tell myself not to be so lazy. To learn more techniques. To learn perspective, anatomy, how to draw backgrounds. I envy so many young artists who seem to have been born with a pen in their hands UXD
And keep drawing, no matter how hard they critisize you. But I know it´s so difficult sometimes…
Hi, this is Ana. As you may already know, I´m the half of Studio Kawaii who writes the scripts, colors and tones :3
When I was 12, my life was centered on studying (yeah, awfully boring, I know), and knew nothing about publishers, deadlines, storytelling, etc…Though I´ve been reading comics ever since I learned to read, practically.
The first anime series came to Spanish tv channels back in 90´s; and that was when I got more and more interested in Japanese animation first, and manga later.
I slowly realized that, as much as I enjoyed those stories created by others, now I wanted something else; I wanted to tell my own, too. I´ve never been any good at drawing, but by that time my sister was beginning to improve and search for her own style. So..Why not joining forces? The rest is history.
I regret enormously not having felt the urge to learn to draw; sometimes I find difficul to transmit my ideas to my sister so that she can put them in paper; so one of the most important things I´d tell my 12-old year self: MOVE YOUR LAZY ASS AND LEARN TO DRAW!!!
I´d also tell myself not to feel put down by bad criticism; first of all, because there´s always room for improvement, so take their good tips and just keep on working.
And the most important thing I´d say: You can´t make everybody like your work: don´t feel bad for that. Just ENJOY what you´re doing. Enjoy your work, because you´ll have to work many many hours, so you´d better be happy with it!