IBUKI Magazine discovers a very talented artist in the world of Manga. She is the principal designer and artist for Bekyoot and we believe her work will also inspire you!
Q & A
Ibuki: We like your designs and want to know more about your history?
Christy: My design story really starts around 2005-2008 when I started BeKyoot with a few of my friends. My history and interest in Japanese language, art, animation, and culture, however, goes back much further than that. When I was very little I only liked watching animated movies and so my dad would bring home whatever new shows had come out in the stores.
I came to love many movies including Unico, The Sea Prince and the Firechild, The Last Unicorn, and many others that only later would I recognize as being Japanese in either origin or production. I became an avid fan of anime during high school and college. I took Japanese and several Asian history and culture classes so I could learn more about what I loved so much. Then came BeKyoot, which was originally an anime/manga pop culture store. I designed a few t-shirts and they were received so well that we decided to turn the business over completely to original character merchandise including plushies, books, clothing, accessories, and a range of other products. I have over 17 characters now. My cat characters, Momocheet, Evil Landlord, and Fat Cat are based off of real animals, and their real life counterparts inspire me daily. I’m working on my first children’s book titled “Berry’s Story,” which focuses on the back story of my character Berry Ninja, (a strawberry) who protects the innocent and has a teacher named Ohashi-sensei (who is a pair of chopsticks).
IBUKI: What inspires you to draw?
Christy: Life. Color. Laughter. Animation. Design. Passion. Beautiful artwork. I read a lot and look for inspiration everywhere I go. Many of the antics and stories I illustrate involving my cat characters and even the more whimsical ones, such as Happi Paper, are inspired by either living creatures or experiences in my life. Seeing other artists’ expert use of color, line, and design inspires me to better my own work. I love sharing my characters and art with others and the positive reception and feedback from those people keeps me going and fuels my drive to keep creating.