Interview With UsanekoRin (Collateral Damage Studios)
Location: Anime Expo 2019
Interview Date: 7/5/2019

"Sound! Euphonium" by UsanekoRinAnime Herald: When did you first know you wanted to become an artist?

UsanekoRin: I’ve been drawing ever since I was very young. I’ve always known.

Anime Herald: Did you watch anime or read manga as a kid?

UsanekoRin: Yeah sure, I watched a lot of anime. Back in Singapore, there used to be a channel that had anime. They had Last Exile and Dragon Ball and the rest.

Anime Herald: Are there any that you are watching or reading today?

UsanekoRin: The most recent one was Attack on Titan.

Anime Herald: What is your process for creating art?

"Your Lie In April" by UsanekoRinUsanekoRin: Normally, I like to listen to music. Mostly that’s where I get my inspiration. That and looking at other art.

Anime Herald: What type of music?

UsanekoRin: It depends on my mood.

Anime Herald: Did you have any formal art training?

UsanekoRin: I have a diploma in animation and 3D arts.

Anime Herald: Does that mean you’re higher on the totem pole than WaHa, because you have professional training and he does not?

UsanekoRin: (Laughs) No, that’s not true. It all comes down to passion and how much you’re willing to work.

Anime Herald: How did you react when you learned you’d be drawing the badges for Anime Expo?

Anime Expo 2019 Premiere Badge Art by UsanekoRinUsanekoRin: I am very honored to be able to do art for such a major convention.

Anime Herald: What programs do you use to create your art?

UsanekoRin: I only use Photoshop.

Anime Herald: You only use Photoshop?!

UsanekoRin: It’s very convenient. You can do almost everything in it.

Anime Herald: Everyone always tells me all these specialized programs.

UsanekoRin: I’m a bit lazy, so I prefer to stick to one program.

Anime Herald: How long does it take you complete one of your works?

UsanekoRin: It depends. If it’s full illustration it could take two-to-five days.

Anime Herald: Are you part of the main CDS Studio?

UsanekoRin: Yes.

Anime Herald: How did you meet the other artists in the group?

UsanekoRin: It was at a local convention in Singapore (Suntec City)

Anime Herald: Are there any other artists here at AX that have inspired you?

UsanekoRin: Rei is my favorite artist.

Anime Herald: Rei 17?

UsanekoRin: Yes.

"Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid" by UsanekoRin

Anime Herald: Any favorite artists from when you were growing up?

UsanekoRin: I would say Range Murata from Last Exile. Currently I’m inspired by a lot of illustrators such as Rella, Nineo, RA, Hideo Minaba from Granblue Fantasy.

Anime Herald: Do you play Cygames’ Granblue Fantasy?

UsanekoRin: Yes. They are very popular.

Anime Herald: Final question: Is there anything you’d like to say to our readers?

UsanekoRin: I like AX a lot. I hope to be back next year.

Special thanks to Collateral Damage Studios for making this interview possible.