1. Introduce yourself.
My name is Riikka, I also go by the artist nickname “Midorisa”. I am a fantasy artist and illustrator inspired by mythology, nature, and fairy-tale themes. I have soft spot for stories, and I love classic JRPG’s, music, books, nature, and cats for example. I enjoy doing colorful, magical, and decorative work.
2. Tell us something about your art. How it all started.
I was always fascinated by art and creative things as a child and drawing and painting were one of my favorite hobbies. Things like animated movies, TV-series, manga comics, book illustrations and games greatly inspired me. They light the spark in me of becoming an artist. One very distinctive moment I remember was when I watched my big sister play the original 97’ Final Fantasy 7 and Final Fantasy 9 (I was too small to play them myself at the time). Something just “clicked” then, and I was absolutely fascinated by the stories, characters, artwork, music and the whole games as pieces of artwork. I experienced a very strong feeling that I wanted to be an artist and be able to create characters and windows to these “other worlds” and also reach a professional level to be fully able to express myself. Those games are still very dear to me for this reason as well.
I had times when I wouldn’t draw for many years thought because of personal reasons, but I picked up the pencil and paintbrush again 7 years ago. Soon after I started to take art and improving at it more seriously and decided to pursue my childhood dream.
3. Your favorite software? How long does it take to work on a project?
My favorite software still is Paint Tool SAI 2, and I started digital painting with version 1. It is fast and lightweight and still has almost all the brushes and tools you need, and the interface is simple yet effective. I also use Photoshop CC to do the final polish such as color adjustments, add filters if needed, and sometimes to do some minor painting of details, but I do most of my main painting in paint tool SAI.
How much it takes for me to finish a painting really depends on the painting and how complicated/detailed it is, but mostly it takes me from 2 weeks to 2-3 months, it really depends.