While searching for a person for the letter E, I stumbled across Enkaru on Tumblr. Luckily, she agreed to do the interview. Now we follow each other on Tumblr. Next week, we’ll be BFF’s. I would encourage you all to follow her and check out her art work.
What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing/writing?
I suppose it was when I saw my first comic titled “Trisquel” published. This day I felt really excited and proud to see that my dream came true.
What are you working on now?
Now I’m working on Sparkshooter, a webcomic written by the comic book writer Troy Brownfield. I’m also doing illustrations for games and books and creating my own comic online about epic fantasy adventures. It will be published on my site enkaru.com. It’s under construction now, but it will be ready very soon.
Who has influenced you the most as an artist?
I don’t know exactly because I have a lot of influences. In the beginning I had a strong influence from manga, especially from Rumiko Takahashi. But now I’m inspired by artists like Ludo Lullabi, Cory Loftis, Humberto Ramos and many more. I think my current style of drawing is a mix of all these influences along the time.
I like Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä and practically all the female characters created by Hayao Miyazaki, because they’re physically and emotionally strong. Maybe they need a partner or a friend who go with them, but not somebody to save them.
Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?
I’m not sure, but sometimes people think I’m a man because I like drawing fantasy characters like orcs, goblins, dragons or beautiful female elves. And my nickname doesn’t help either, ha, ha.
How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?
A few years ago I used to go a lot of comic conventions to sign my books and so. But now I’m only going to a pair of conventions at year. It depends on the free time I have. And I really enjoy them because I can meet another artists from all over the world.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Extrovert. I like to meet with my friends and get to know new people.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration playing videogames, reading books, watching films, listening to music or just beholding an illustration. But sometimes I find it playing sports because I’m thinking about new ideas while I’m going running, for example.
Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?
I think the most interesting experience for me is to give several drawing courses in different cities from Spain. I like to teach what I learned to other people and talk about my experience working for a publishing house.
Beverage of choice?
Fennel tea with cinnamon, allspice and ginger. But beer is good too, ha, ha.
When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?
Last year. I dressed up as a dark wizard.
What do you want people to know about you?
I’m a charming person and a really beautiful woman, haha… just kidding. I like to be happy and I laugh a lot, and I think it is reflected on my work. I love drawing comics about adventures with a good dose of humour, but I also want to send a positive message through them.
I’m trying to do my best every day, but sometimes I feel blocked and I think I can’t improve anymore. Hopefully I have amazing people around me who give me the strength I need to go ahead, and I think this is really important to be succeed. So, always support the people you love even you think what they do is worthless, because it’s the only way they can reach their dreams. And surround yourself with friends or relatives who support you as well.