515M

Illustrator - Japan
I’m a person who draws illustrations only of girls while taking care of my child. Now is the time I want to bloom as an illustrator.

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  • HappyHalloween

    I had this image of a character––I wanted to draw a girl with red horns that have vibrant watercolor gradation on a red base––and I combined that with a Halloween theme, the actual seasonal event, and created this illustration.

    Personally, I like this piece because I managed to express the character just like in my imagination, and also because I feel I managed to capture a balance and it didn’t become too soft from the light coloring.

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  • Mourning - Gardenias for the Dead

    I put a little of the feelings you experience during mourning. Only a little bit… Whether she is a cat who is grieving over the loss of her owner or she is the ominous God of Death who predicts the death of people, people have various interpretations, and I think that’s perfectly fine. Since I like illustrations with a somewhat dark atmosphere to begin with, this is one of my favorites.

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  • SHIKIBU

    This character was born during my Twitter exchanges with fellow creators. The theme is violet, not demons. I like the calm atmosphere and the coloring.

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  • Call...

    I drew this piece to use as a cover for my iPhone. Since it’s for an iPhone, I themed it around phone calls. I like its antique and analog presence. I like calm colors, so I used them as base then did the coloring. I aimed for a portable design.

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  • Goat Mail

    Although I theme many of my works around fairy tales or nursery rhymes, I drew this particular one with "Goat Mail" in mind. I like this drawing because I managed to capture the character’s image and the coloring, and also because I succeeded in smoothly planting the motifs.

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About Me

515M

Illustrator / Japan

I work as a freelance illustrator in a relaxed pace since 2009. I have the fortune to experience various things through my work, from mascot characters to moe pictures. I brought my activities to a halt for a year and a half after my child was born in 2011, but I’m gradually starting again. I participate in doujin events a few times a year. In the future, I’d like to take part in galleries again.

Profile

  • Creator Name515M
  • GenreIllustration
  • NationalityJapanese
  • GenderFemale
  • Zodiac SignTaurus
  • RegionJapan

    Personal History

    2010: CD jacket illustration, raw material for New Year’s cards, manga advertisements, raw material for applications, character design for advertisements

    2011: web design, character design for advertisements

    2012: CD jacket illustration, character design for advertisements

    2013: SNS game illustration, coloring assistant

    Q&A

    What was the occasion that made you start drawing?

    When I got a pentablet and a multifunctional printer as a birthday present.

    What are your fixations?

    That people know that it's a 515M illustration from a glance (although I often have to adjust my work to the requirements of the job).

    How long does your work take to create?

    Before, I was somehow able to finish them in 1-3 days, but now that I only do it in my spare time from child rearing, it takes 1 or 2 weeks. (I want a one month margin for delivering requests... For real...)

    When do you come up with ideas for your work?

    When I can find some alone time to think late at night, when I’m cornered, or when people do interesting things... It feels like there are a lot, but in reality, it has no relation to the timing whatsoever, when an idea comes to mind it just pops up whenever it pleases, and when it doesn’t, it won’t pop regardless of what you do...I think.