Hey there! My name is Lindsay. Born November 9th, 1981 (sign: Scorpio), I'm a comic artist currently living in Altamonte Springs, Florida. I've always had a love for creating art, and have been drawing for as long I can remember. My drawing and coloring skills are mostly self-taught through observation, determination and a whole lot of practice. I've taken art classes up through high school, plus some life drawing and cartooning and animation classes. Around 1997, when I was 15 or 16, my artistic style became heavily influenced by my love of manga and anime. Before then, my artwork had a more realistic slant (I enjoyed painting animals). I also drew a lot of cartoon and comic characters in my youth.
Midway through 2004, I finished up the first volume of "Peach Fuzz" which is a comedy about the chaotic world of nine-year-old Amanda and a prissy ferret named Peach. Volume 1 was released January 2005, and volume 2 came out in October 2006, published by Tokyopop. Peach Fuzz Volume 3 came out December 2007!
In 2005, HarperCollins published my how-to digital art book, "Digital Manga Workshop" all about the CGing process, from scanning to coloring and inking using Photoshop and Painter. (you can order a copy on Amazon, or pick up the book in the computer graphics section of your local bookstore!)
In 2007 - 2009 I worked as a penciler on Archie Comics' Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Some of my past works include work in Mangaka America, Anime CG Tutorial CD (a self published how-to handbook on anime style CG artwork), and illustrations for Guardians of Order's BESM D20 Edition Book. I was also the grand prize winner for Tokyopop's 2nd Rising Stars of Manga contest.
When I can find the free time, I enjoy sketching, reading manga and novels, playing video games (my all-time favorite is Secret of Mana), watching anime, interacting with nature, swimming, and hopping around on the internet to name just a few of my other interests.
I like to use Livejournal as a place where I can share artwork and ideas, occasionally vent my frustrations, keep in touch with my friends and meet new people with similar interests. Art and business are the most frequent topics of discussion, but I'll sometimes ramble on about other stuff, too. While I try to keep the journal maintained, my posts tend to be fairly infrequent due to my busy work schedule.
I certainly don't mind if people add me to their friends list. I prefer to only add people who I know personally, or whose journals I enjoy reading on a daily basis (I check my friends list everyday ^_^), but if you help me get to know you by introducing yourself and posting the occasional comment, and we have some stuff in common, I will likely add you back at some point. ^_^
Regarding the name of the Journal. Minako Kenshou is a pseudonym I used to go by on the web as a teenager. The “Minako” comes from the late J-pop singer Minako Honda (who sung the Rayearth ED songs) as well as my favorite Sailor Moon gal, Minako Aino. ^_^ "Kenshou" (pronounced "Ken", like the name, "show") is the surname of an old original character of mine, Suki Kenshou, which I came up with by combining random hiragana. A Japanese native once told me it's a nonsense word that most closely means "trophy". Oops. >_< Although I'll still answer to Minako and Mina, I don’t use the name anymore, and prefer just to be called Lindsay (or Lin if we're close friends).
Other Stuff: -I'm left handed. -has played several musical instruments ~ clarinet, piano, violin.
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Artists that I admire: Hayao Miyazaki (animation director, masterful storyteller) Atsuko Ishida (animation character designer for Magic Knight Rayearth and Shamanic Princess), Andreas Deja (Disney animator), Shinya Hasegawa (animation director, Utena character designer), Aoi Nanase (beautifully exquisite character designs), Shinichi Kameoka (character designer for Legend of Mana), Hello World, Saka (awesome color), CLAMP, Nobuteru Yuuki, Satoshi Urushihara, Space Emperor, Atsuko Nakajima (Ranma 1/2 character designer), Oh! Great (draws gorgeous female characters), Satoshi Kon (animation director), M. C. Escher (Escher's unique visions blow me away) and Alphonse Mucha.
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Music: Ani Difranco, Alanis Morrisette, The Beatles, BT, Shiina Ringo, No Doubt, Lisa Loeb, Depeche Mode, Erasure, T.A.T.U., OKGO, Rufus Wainwright, Fionna Apple, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Belle and Sebastian, Vanessa Mae, Imogen Heap, Pachebel, Pavarotti, New Order, Pink Martini, Yoko Kanno, Utada Hikaru, Masami Okui, Two Mix, Ayumi Hamasaki, Malice Mizer, Disney soundtracks, musicals (Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Rent, etc.) and more....
Favorite voice actor: Without a doubt, Quinton Flynn (he’s the voice of Raiden from Metal Gear Solid 2, Axel in Kingdom Hearts II, and many more~)! I love him and his oh-so melodious voice. He is awesome, not to mention funny, smart, and a sweetheart in person. Yes, I made this category just so I could mention him. *laugh*
Favorite Anime series: Utena, Magic Knight Rayearth, Junni Kokki (Twelve Kingdoms), Rose of Versailles, Brother Dear Brother, Princess Tutu, Ojamajo Doremi, Evangelion, Escaflowne, Sailor Moon, Fushigi Yuugi, Wolf's Rain, Jungle Wa Itsumo Hale Nochi Guu, Kare Kano, PGSM, Kaleido Star.
Favorite Movies: Phantom of the Opera, works by director Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, etc), works by Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki (Kiki's Delivery Service, Nausicaa, Cat Returns, Howl's Moving Castle, etc) Princess Bride, Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Nightmare Before Christmas, Aladdin, Lion King, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future, many others.
Favorite Manga: Peach Fuzz, Magic Knight Rayearth, Red River, Qwan, Battle Royale, Peach Girl, Zelda, Nana, Paradise Kiss, Suikoden III
Favorite Video Games: RPGs in general. Specifically the Seiken Densestu series (Secret of Mana, SD3, Sword of Mana), Suikoden series, Final Fantasy series (especially FFVII, FFX, and Tactics), Zelda series, and the Lunar series. I love the Super Mario Brother games (with very few exceptions, all of them. Super Mario Kart for SNES rocks!) dance dance Revolution, Sonic the Hedgehog, Metal Gear Solid 2, and many others too.. I also have a place in my heart for a NES game called, "MC Kids."