As a somewhat rabid fan of the illustrator Nishimata Aoi, I follow her blog quite regularly. I should note that when I say “follow”, I mean “look at the pictures.” I do have some Japanese under my belt, but not enough to casually look down at some text and extract substance from it. As such, I kept thinking that this book she’s been pimping over the past couple of months was an art book, but it turns out I’m terribly wrong! According to Our Man Zepy down at Canned Dogs, the book–entitled Nishimata Aoi Desu。–is actually a book of essays by the woman, and seems to be something of an autobiography. Since there’s about 30 pages of illustrations, I’ll still buy it, but I won’t be able to get much more out of it until I get my JLPT1 in the far-off year of 2071.
The main point of interest here is Nishimata’s opinions on her own work (which can be found in the Canned Dogs link.) As a big fan of her’s, I do agree with her analysis. I really like her work, but at the same time I think there is room for improvement. I’m glad she acknowledges this, but at the same time it doesn’t look as if she has much desire to push forward. I think for her it’s simply a matter of throwing together more dynamic poses, and adding a hint of variety to her character design. That said, she has really improved a lot over the years.