Artist in Res­i­dence

To­tal art This manga artist be­lieves that what you see on a daily ba­sis adds to a vis­ual li­brary of in­spi­ra­tion. Hence the mul­ti­tude of art on show!

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Manga artist Ilya Kuvshinov be­lieves that what he sees on a daily ba­sis adds to his vis­ual li­brary of in­spi­ra­tion.

Five months ago I moved into a new house. I made sure to set up my work­sta­tion as soon as pos­si­ble, but I still haven’t found the time to un­pack one or two boxes…

I like my cre­ative space to be dark and cold. Now, you’re prob­a­bly think­ing, “Er, like a cave?” So what I mean is that paint­ing dig­i­tally usu­ally means there’s more than enough il­lu­mi­na­tion and heat cre­ated by my screens, and fur­ther­more I don’t want the dis­trac­tion of ex­ter­nal light sources.

My work area has to be in­spir­ing, so I keep all my art books within easy reach, and dec­o­rate the space with fig­urines, var­i­ous posters, and pho­to­graphs of my friends. My TV is kept nearby: I’m a bit of a gamer, and I also like to watch Net­flix while I paint (Break­ing Bad is a cur­rent favourite).

My work­sta­tion is on the first floor of the house and takes up half of the liv­ing room and kitchen. This means I’m able to chat with my house mates while they’re cook­ing or eat­ing a meal.

I only have to spin in my chair around to ac­cess my books, stored in a book­case from IKEA. Think­ing about it, most of the fur­ni­ture in this room is from the Scan­di­na­vian chain. I’m a loyal cus­tomer, clearly!

I truly be­lieve that your environment and daily life in­flu­ences your sense of taste, even if you’re not study­ing it con­sciously. That’s why ob­jects like my framed Kim Jung Gi’s orig­i­nal sketch are on show – they’re to re­mind me that I need to im­prove ev­ery day.

Ilya is a Rus­sian-born il­lus­tra­tor and comic artist who’s cur­rently liv­ing in Ja­pan. You can see ex­am­ples of his art and sup­port him at www.pa­treon.com/ku­vshi­nov_ilya.

This is my Body Chan fig­ure that I used for pose ref­er­ence for my Chro­matiQ manga. It comes with a sword and var­i­ous hands. I love play­ing Per­sona 4 and the ‘art of’ book is al­ways open, show­ing off my favourite char­ac­ter de­sign: Chie Sa­ton­aka. This is a framed page from Kei Toume’s ex­tremely rare 2001 cal­en­dar, star­ring Haru from Yes­ter­day wo Utatte manga. My In­ter­na­tional Manga Award – I got bronze! Here’s my col­lec­tion of un­opened and rather rare fig­urines. Maybe some­day I’ll be brave enough to un­box and see them in all their glory… My 27-inch iMac and Wa­com Cin­tiq 27QHD is the best cre­ative con­fig­u­ra­tion I’ve ever worked with – and that key­board’s po­si­tion is ac­tu­ally su­per com­fort­able!

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