First to Ten fans, I have a very special creative feature for you this week!
I reached out on twitter not too long ago about wanting fan art to do a collective on the blog of. That idea later evolved in featuring aspiring or professional artists in our scene whether it’s 2D with drawings or costumes bringing the characters to life. Our first was a First to Five with an amazing Australian cosplayer. However, I felt after him even thinking it was short, 5 questions is not enough. I decided I want to do a whole First to Ten with our art features from this point forward.
When I tweeted about looking for fan art I was responded to by a few artists, one specifically was referred to me. His name is Richard Suwono. I absolutely fell in love with his artwork (and I think you may too). Richard manages to bring the personalities of the characters he illustrates to life. He also has run into Ed Boon himself giving him a Mileena art piece he created. I hope you all enjoy learning about Mr. Suwono.
1. Richard thank you so much for joining us on this First to Ten creative special. Please take this question to tell our audience about where you are from and how long you’ve been doing art for?
I’m an Illustrator from Indonesia, and I have been doing art professionally around 5 years. I’m doing some other projects too (Yu-Gi-Oh (Dark Abyss), KOF Card game, Megaman Card , Dungeon and Dragons concept art, artwork for Street Fighter statues, and many more). I’ve loved drawing since I was little, but I still love fighting games themes a lot! That’s why my favorite theme is fighting game stuff.
2. How did you learn to do artwork like this? What is a favorite technique of yours?
Some is from self taught and some of them is watching some tutorials on the internet, because sometimes when I see some great or unique style. That’s why until now, I love to try some new style, while also honing my style too.
So far my favorite technique is Street Fighter style with the Sumi-e Brush because It’s look more expressive also looks strong and have the classic caligraphic essence.
3. Have you always been a fan of NetherRealm games? What do you love most about Mortal Kombat and Injustice?
Yes, I still remember first time I know Mortal Kombat when I play Sega Genesis at my cousin house. It’s so real and also the fatality is so epic! That’s why when I met Ed Boon I was so hyped and super excited. Because of him, I have very awesome childhood with Mortal Kombat having grown alongside me too.
And for Injustice, it’s also one of entertaining and exciting for me too. to see DC superhero fighting games in very competitive way of E-Sport. And also the player who win the tournament with underused character, or crazy comeback too!
4. Do you travel for tournaments or conventions? Where can we see you at in 2018 for those in the United States and elsewhere?
Yes, I want to travel to meet all of the FGC members, becauseall of you also make my weekend is so HYPED! That’s why I would love to hang out with the players too instead just selling my stuff. Because When the first time I go to SEAM, I’m so HYPED and can watch all the Epic matches from my booth. That’s is Super Awesome experience for me too.
for 2018, I still must have planned first, because I have plan my budget for the flight and the hotel too. But I really wanted to meet US FGC peoples again. And also I must go to EVO Las Vegas, to get Hyped together with the FGC!
5. Where did you meet Ed Boon and what was his reaction when you gave him the Mileena drawing?
I met him at Combo Breaker. I still remember when he saw the Mileena while eating he thought she looks so cute, and I love drawing her so much. That’s why I want to show Mileena’s cuteness and also her love of food. Because I love food too, that’s why I’m having so much fun draw her while eating . And I’m so Happy I able to meet him,one of my childhood Hero who made amazing childhood for me!
6. What other games do you really enjoy drawing fan art of?
Fighting Games mostly, (SF, Tekken, Soul Calibur, KOF, GG, etc.) because I love fighting game so much. But sometimes I also draw some of anime characters I follow. But one of most favorite If I must choose one is Street Fighter.
7. I noticed that (even though its not MK) you have a big love for Sakura! What do you love most about the character and what do you think about your first drawings of her compared to those you do now?
Yes, Sakura is my favorite character. I love her passion, cheerful, and also Her Spirited Up attitude to pursue her Dream. And I’m also kinda related to her with her Spirit up attitude and passion, especially for Fighting Game. That’s why I’m also want to pursue my Dream to have doing Official artwork for my beloved Fighting Games (SF,MK,Tekken,Soul Calibur, Darkstalkers,GG,KOF,etc)
What I’m thinking when I draw her is “What I want to people to see from Her, (Her Cheerful attitude, or Pursue her Dream to be stronger or meet with “Ryu”, or sometimes What side I want to show from her like her kindness, or Cute, or maybe clumsy too. I Just Have so much fun while drawing her.
8. Do you have any original creations that are your own design that you are proud of?
So far one of my favorite original character I made is Cat Girl with cheerful attitude , food lover, and also funny. Her name is “Nekona” , I draw her to have fun and also sometimes when I want to try something new, I try draw Nekona with some new or exciting style I want to try.
9. Who is an artist you look up to that you’d recommend others check out?
There are a lot Artist who I look up for, But One I love most is “Edayan” from Street Fighter Alpha, “Laurel D Austin” from Blizzard Entertaiment. I love the SFA series style so much, and also the Storytelling with some jokes from Laurel artwork too.
10. What advice do you have for other artists starting out or looking to get better?
My advice for starting is you search first which artist you want to look for, so you know from step by step the artist you look up too. And then also be honest to yourself about what style or what work you want to do most. That’s why building portfolio so important too. Also, don’t afraid to do what you love for the artwork you done. Because If you don’t love your work, its hard for other people to love it too.
If you would like to see more of Richard’s artwork or keep in touch you can follow his twitter and also check out his deviant art website for more:
Thank you yet again for tuning in everyone. And a big thank you to Richard for taking the time to do this for us. This is only more of a way for our community to connect with everyone. We are so much all in one. From players, artists, to TO’s – so I hope with this blog that is even more clear to everyone with each F2T.
Remember to tune in this Sunday for our interview with Biohazard! I’m very excited for him to tell us all more we might not already know about himself. Also with NEC coming up I have a very special video project I am going to be working on and aiming to go live on the 31st. If you are attending NEC make sure we connect so I can include you. I would like to include as many people in the NRS community as possible!