pixiv Inc. and Wacom, both headquartered in Japan, announce Drawfest, a hands-on, live event streamed on YouTube from May 21 to 23, consisting of eight livestream programs that are each one to four hours long. In addition to online workshops and lectures held by an assortment of internationally recognized illustrators, animators, and comic artists, there will also be programs for the audience to draw together with the lecturers. Everyone who draws is welcome. The event will offer simultaneous interpretation in both Japanese and English so that international viewers will be able to participate in the festival.
Thanks to the sponsorship of Adobe, hololive English, NetEase, Netflix, and WIT STUDIO, there will be programs that allow the audience and the artists to draw art with specific themes such as hololive English, Identity V, and GREAT PRETENDER. The finished artwork will then be presented to the audience.
In recent years, anime art-related content has attracted many fans regardless of nationality or language. At the same time, artists worldwide have also been able to overcome language barriers and reach fans all over the world thanks to the rapidly changing environment.
Art is universal and has a unique way of helping break down the barriers of regional and language differences. Drawfest was created with the hope of providing an online event with simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation to give creators the chance to get together with other like-minded artists from all over the world so that everyone could interact and draw together.
“Anime, the hand-drawn and computer animation style originating in Japan, has seen its popularity grow and artists and fans can now be found in virtually every country around the globe,” says Nobutaka Ide, CEO of Wacom Company Ltd. “By teaming up with pixiv on Drawfest, we are creating a cross-boundary and cross-language platform for artists and designers to share their passion for drawing and learning from others.”
Additional sponsorships from Adobe, hololive English, NetEase, Netflix, and WIT STUDIO, are helping provide sessions on specific anime themes, such as hololive English, Identity V, and GREAT PRETENDER.
To learn more about Drawfest and how to participate, please visit this link: https://pixiv.net/special/drawfest/
Event Date: May 21-23, 2021 [PDT] 17:00 – 23:00 in each day
Language: English/Japanese with live interpretation
Programs: 8 programs
Online Event Venue: YouTube Live (Private Livestream)
Price to View: Free to view (Pre-registration required)
Event website: https://pixiv.net/special/drawfest/
*The registration form may be closed early depending on the number of registrants.
Day 1, 17:00 – 18:00 PDT
[Lecture + Drawing All Together] How to Draw Presence Lighting Expression
Personality: モ誰 (Modare)
Day 1, 19:00 – 21:00 PDT
[Drawing All Together] Let’s draw “Identity V” using Adobe Fresco, a free drawing tool!
Personalities: 灸場メロ (Melo Kyuba) & 岩本崇 (Takashi Iwamoto)
Sponsors: Adobe & NetEase
Day 1, 22:00 – 23:00 PDT
[Lecture + Drawing All Together] Let’s paint a magical moment together!
Day 2, 17:00 – 21:00 PDT
[Lecture + Drawing All Together] Let’s learn the easiest way to create manga through yonkoma
Personality: 若林稔弥 (Toshiya Wakabayashi)
Day 2, 21:30 – 23:30 PDT
[Drawing All Together] Happy Birthday, Ina! Let’s draw “Ninomae Ina’nis”!
Personality: Ninomae Ina’nis
Sponsor: hololive English
Day 3, 17:00 – 18:00 PDT
[Lecture + Drawing All Together] How to design a character with strong thematic and iconic elements
Day 3, 19:00 – 21:00 PDT
[Lecture + Drawing All Together] WIT Animator Academy Online! How to draw characters presented by a chief animation supervisor
Personality: 加藤寛崇 (Hirotaka Katō)
Sponsors: Wit Studio & Netflix
Day 3, 22:00 – 23:00 PDT
[Lecture + Drawing All Together] Going from sketch to color quickly and efficiently
About pixiv https://www.pixiv.net
pixiv is a social media service where users can post their creative work (such as illustrations, manga, novels) and receive much love and support. The service started in September 2007 and currently has over 64,000,000 registered users. By providing a place where creators can post their work and fans can give feedback to the artists, we are managing an environment for anyone who enjoys creative activities.
Artists’ work and fan engagement form our community.
pixiv hosts countless pieces of artwork, user-generated events, and commercial contests by official content holders. pixiv is also a co-creation platform for artists to create new art projects.
About Wacom Co., Ltd. https://www.Wacom.com/
Wacom Co., Ltd.’s vision to bring people and technology closer together through natural interface technologies has made it the world’s leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays, as well as of digital styli and solutions for saving and processing digital signatures. The advanced technology of Wacom‘s intuitive input devices has been used to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion, and designs around the world. It provides business and home users with their leading interface technology to express their personality.
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