NORIYUKI YAMAGUCHI (ARTPRESTO)
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT PARTICIPATING IN THE BANPRESTO WORLD FIGURE COLOSSEUM?
NY: This is a world tournament so there will be a lot of foreign competitors participating and also will have the chance to see the reaction of international fans which I am excited about. I’m also curious as to how my models and expressions, created by a Japanese sculpture, will be judged. How foreign sculptors create Japanese characters is another thing i’m looking forward to.
I’m pretty excited.
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AS A CREATOR:
NY: Will I was studying at an Art University, I met a freelance sculptor and learned about the sculpting career. After graduating, I studied under the sculptor and what I learned from my master is what makes up my current work.
I met many interesting people that have influenced my work. These great encounters and my determination to continue are what has shaped my career thus far.
PLEASE EXPLAIN A PROJECT THAT HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN YOUR HEART.
NY: The owl figurine that was placed on the front desk of the veterinary school that I created while under the study of my master.
MSP Levi from Attack on Titans that I worked on for Banpresto.
WHAT DO YOU VALUE AS A CREATOR? WHAT ARE YOUR OWN RULES FOR CREATING?
NY: I used to create originals and held group exhibits with friends but currently I view myself as an artisan although one might say that artisans are also creators…
My rule is to use all of the skills to the maximum potential and deliver what the clients desire.
Through my job as a modeler, I wish to express the realism of 3D art when transforming it from 2D without destroying the original atmosphere.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER IN ANIME, COMICS, ETC.?
NY: I don’t really have a favorite character but I like “Mobile Suit Gundam” by Yoshiyuki Tomino, “Blue Spring” by Taiyo Matsumoto, “Akira” by Katsuhiro Otomo, “Kakugo no Susume” by Takayuki Yamaguchi and “One Piece” by Eiichiro Oda.
WHAT IS YOUR IMPRESSION OF JAPANESE FIGURES OR CREATORS?
NY: My image of foreign figures are large in size and are statutes made by polystone.
There are extremely well crafted with a focus on realism. Sometimes I notice movie props or original clay models which makes me wonder how they are created. There are a lot of art pieces like these that stimulate me.
HOW IS YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR PARTICIPATING IN THE BFC? TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR FEELINGS TOWARDS SCULPTING?
NY: What I’m most excited about is to see what the foreign sculptures will create.
As for my work, I’m creating based off of a Japanese character so I want to make something that will amaze the crowd. I want to make sure that I give it my 100% and on top of that, make something where I feel I took another step forward. As a Japanese, I want to show everyone my Yamato Spirit.