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An Interview with Poch
By Kasaix • 4 months ago • 0 comments

Kasaix: Hello Doujin Army! I’m hanging out with Poch, a great artist I’ve been following lately. There’s a unique style here, kind of like a comic, and some of the artwork is in grayscale, but it’s all great. The girls look amazing. They’re cute and sexy, and you can clearly see real emotion on their faces, which I enjoy. It makes them more lively, even in 2D. 

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Thanks for taking the time to hang out. How’s it going Poch?

Poch: Thanks for having me, I'm doing great ! Just a little packed this month since I have to do Inktober on top of all the stuff I already do, but as long as I'm having fun, it's all worth it ~

Kasaix: Yes, having fun while working is important. Let’s start at the top, could you tell me how you first got into art?

Poch: My mom ! She used to draw portraits as a hobby and she influenced me at a really young age. I think I was drawing as early as 3-5 years old.

Kasaix: That's really nice, you got it from your mother. I like that. Did you go to an art school, or are you all self taught?

Poch: I guess both ..? I practiced and developed my skills all by myself, however I did take a couple of art classes while I was at school. Barely learned anything from them though 

Kasaix: That's interesting, you did better alone than in school. What are your favorite characters and themes to draw? 

Poch: I like to draw: girls, armor, shoes, hands, knees, and to some extent, machines. As for themes, I like lighthearted stuff.

Kasaix: Nice choices. Armored girls are great, especially if they're skimpy. They're defended, but they're cute and sexy. I also prefer lighthearted stuff. What do you feel is your best picture yet, and why?

Poch: Hmm ... I'd say it's my Dark Magician Girl fan art. I've had a huge crush on her since I was a kid, so I put a lot of passion on that drawing. I spent considerably more time on it than my usual digitally colored drawings too and was never bored the entire time. I think it's my best pic not because of likes/share count, but because I had tons of fun with it !

(Kasaix's notes: I love this picture. So much.)

Kasaix: That's awesome to hear. I'm glad you had fun with it. I love Dark Magician Girl too. She's the best magical girl waifu. Besides Yu-Gi-Oh! and the best girl from that series, where do you get the inspiration for your projects from?

Poch: Music, and the works of my amazing, talented, and inspiring peers !

Kasaix: Probably the most wholesome answer one could give. How long does it typically take you to finish a project?

Poch: Well, generally it takes about 6-8 hours, but it depends on the contents of an illustration, how complicated it is, and my mood. My recent Inktober pieces, for example, were done rather quickly so I have more time for work and other projects, around 2-3 hours each. However for my fan art of Kanroji from Demon Slayer took about 10 hours to complete.

Kasaix: Wow, that's some dedication. I’m impressed! The work paid off though. What setup do you use to draw?

Poch: Nothing special. For traditional works, I use an ordinary table with a laptop on the side for music and reference. For digital, I just use my desktop PC, and the XP Pen Deco Pro Small I got recently as a promotion. Though sometimes I like to use an app that lets my phone stream my monitor, so I can see the difference in color between monitors as I draw.

Kasaix: You don't go half-way, you double check to see a difference in color between monitors. I admire that. Is there a project you'd really like to work on in the future?

Poch: My mood changes a lot, so I don't like to think about what to draw next. My drawings come out better the less I plan ahead !

Kasaix: Flying by the seat of your pants, I like it. Let’s wrap it up here for now. Do you have any final words to all your fans?

Poch: I love you all !!! Thank you so much for the support and encouragement ^^ I would never have gotten where I am now without all of you, and for that, I am forever grateful.

I’d like to thank Poch again for taking the time to hang out. If you’d like to follow their work, check out the sites below: