McShep Match Team Peace 2009 Interview with mashimero

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Title: McShep Match Team War 2009 Interview with mashimero
Interviewee: mashimero
Date(s): August 16, 2009
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Stargate Atlantis
External Links: McShep Match: Team Peace, Archived version
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mashimero was interviewed in 2009 for McShep Match.

It is part of this series: McShep Match Interview Series.


How long have you been writing fan fiction and/or making fan art and/or whatever else (vids, knitted goods, pornographic gingerbread cookies)?

I've been drawing and making fanworks forever, ever since I was a kid and played my first Zelda game. Thankfully I never put any of those online. About three years ago I started making LJ icons, and that's what really started me on Photoshop and making bigger art pieces.

I think my first fandom was Gundam Wing. Then I moved on to video game fandoms - Vagrant Story, Devil May Cry, Metal Gear - and somehow made the jump to Supernatural, SGA, and now, Doctor Who and Torchwood. I'm very mono-fannishthough, so right now I'm only lurking in other fandoms.

I think that you are a really talented artist! <3 What did you do to achieve such a level of skill? (Lots of practice? Reading tutorials? Or just, you know, natural brilliance. ;) ) Do you prefer/feel more comfortable with photomanipping or drawing by hand?

Thanks! I did read a lot of tutorials when I started making icons because Photoshop was new to me then. I've picked up some good techniques for colouring and using textures from those. I wouldn't say that drawing comes naturally to me, because it's usually a struggle for me to finish a piece. It's been a lot of practice, trial-and-error, and observation. My drawing style is kind of pieced-together from the various video games and anime/manga that I like. Getting into a TV fandom was a bit weird for me because I had to work with real source material instead of illustrations. I definitely feel more comfortable with photomanipping right now because it's more an issue of finding the right images and screencaps, instead of having to worry about lighting and perspective and all that.

Well, that was a lot more rambly than I thought it would be.

What do you enjoy most about SGA and/or SGA fandom?

Like others have said before, it's the potential that the show has, and the fandom's ability to take it and make it like a thousand times better. You know when you sometimes go back and re-read a fic you bookmarked a year ago, and then you find it's nowhere near as good as you remember it being? That doesn't happen with SGA fandom!