• 【Interview】COPIC AWARD 2023 Judges : Katsura Hoshino

【Interview】COPIC AWARD 2023 Judges : Katsura Hoshino


Once again this year, we are pleased to have high-profile creators active in various fields of art and design as judges for COPIC AWARD.
We have received messages from these renowned judges for everyone interested in applying for COPIC AWARD 2023. We hope you will find some helpful tips and new insight into creating your entry - Please enjoy reading them!

COPIC AWARD 2023 JUDGES(random order, honorific titles are omitted)
⚫Katsura Hoshino
⚫Tomoe Shinohara
⚫Yasuhiko Takeuchi
⚫Kazutoshi Oshimoto

Our first mini-interview features Katsura Hoshino, author of the popular manga "D.Gray-man" which is loved for many years and has been made into an animated TV series as well as some video games.
Ms. Hoshino, also a Copic user, answered our questions about how she came to know Copic and her message to applicants for COPIC AWARD.

Manga Artist

Hoshino made her debut in 2002 with the manga series ZONE. She is best known for her work D.Gray-man, which began serialization in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump in 2004 (the series is currently being serialized in Jump SQ. Rise) and has now been published in 28 volumes and has sold over 24 million copies. D. Gray-man has been adapted into an anime series, and two video games have been released.


ーWere there any entries from COPIC AWARD 2022 that caught your eye?

Title:Iguana Ana

Iguana Ana」/ trini

When I first saw this particular piece, I was very intrigued by how it was drawn. Just looking at the artist's use of color and touch with the markers, I could feel the artist's joy and affection for the iguana, the subject of the piece. I really like this entry!


ーWhat do you usually focus on when viewing artwork? Also, what kind of entries are you looking forward to seeing at COPIC AWARD 2023?

I tend to be attracted to intricately drawn illustrations. However, when I look at artworks, my focus is not on technical accuracy or precision, but rather on how much of the artist's emotion and passion has been put into the piece. When I come across such a piece, I can feel my own adrenaline rising.
I hope to encounter entries that make my heart beat faster at first glance, and my emotions rise as I look more closely.




ーDo you have any stories or memories regarding Copic?

Eighteen years ago, when my skills were much less developed than they are now, I started a manga series in a weekly magazine. At that time, Copic markers were essential to help me create manga.
I had tried using ink and paint before, but Copic stood out for its ease of use. It was truly a blessing to be able to use Copic markers without having to worry about what kind of paper to use. You can even use cheap copy paper to color with Copic.
Today, I still use the same set of Copic markers I had back then, and I'm amazed that they still work perfectly after all these years. The quality of Copic is really outstanding.



ーPlease share your thoughts as a COPIC AWARD 2023 judge and if you have a message for those considering applying.

This is my first time being a judge. I studied art all by myself, and I still don't know anything about the professional aspects of art. So, I want to look at the entries through my emotions and heart.
I believe what is important in art is heart and passion. To those who are considering entering the AWARD, please forget about things like whether you think your skills are not good enough or if you want to impress the viewers. Create your own artwork just for your own pleasure.
Please dive into your own creativity with all your heart. 
To everyone who participates in the COPIC AWARD - I believe the time you spend creating your art will become something more valuable than any award.

ーThank you for your message, Ms.Hoshino!






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