I normally don’t include the entire interview when I paste them here from the Google forms. However, this interview is unlike any I’ve done before. It’s from the perspective of two people that live in one body. It takes having a pen name to a whole new level.
Emiru is a Yurei, which, according to Wikipedia is basically the Japanese version of a ghost. “…if the person dies in a sudden or violent manner such as murder or suicide, if the proper rites have not been performed, or if they are influenced by powerful emotions such as a desire for revenge, love, jealousy, hatred or sorrow, the Reikon (soul/spirit) is thought to transform into a Yūrei, which can then bridge the gap back to the physical world.”
P.S. The illustration you see above was done specifically for this interview by this artist! I absolutlely love it and am honored to be made into art alongside such an interesting figure. For more amazing art, check out their Instagram!
Under what name do you do your art?
Emiru : Emiru ! It’s a nickname I have since some centuries now…. I like it!
The Host : I don’t really have an artist name but I guess you can call me “the host” since she’s most of the time at my place… *sigh*
What are your preferred pronouns? (he/him, she/her, they/them, etc.)
Emiru : Just not “it” please… The Host : The one I prefer ? I like all of them I guess ! They’re quite useful right ?
How long have you been creating?
Emiru : It’s too far to be remembered now. It’s been a long long time. And we cannot say that I “create” things… I just try to draw what I witnessed.. and learn from my mistakes.
The Host : I guess I liked to draw and create stories when I was a child and continued to do it. When I met Emiru and woke up from the coma she puts me in (she’s really scary you know…) I wanted to tell her story and help her to found her origins. It’s very interesting as I learn a lot about the history and culture of Japan and many more… In my country we don’t hear a lot about Yūrei or Japanese folklore, except from the movies everyone knows or manga. I wanted to go deeper. It’s so fascinating.
What inspired you to become an artist?
Emiru : Difficult question. I guess at that time I just wanted to put on paper things around me that I found pretty. And later I found this same beauty in darkness, so to speak… The Universe is really inspiring isn’t it?
The Host : Other artists ! They’re like magicians for me, magicians of the soul. I hope one day I can make the “same” magic.
What medium(s) do you use for your art?
Emiru : I have a very special pen I carry with me since the beginning and the paper kinda comes from the souls of the dead.
The Host : *speaking to Emiru* stop saying this so casually ! *sigh* I’m open to every medium, but I use digital most of the time as it’s the safest option for Emiru for the moment. We don’t want anyone to be cursed…
Which of your pieces is your favorite?
What artists inspire you?
Emiru : They are so many… But today I have a special thing for an incredible Japanese artist called Matsui Fuyuko. I cannot explain what I felt when I discovered her paintings the first time. It was really deep… I have a strong love story with music and musicians too. I cannot make a thing without music in my ear.
The Host : Right ? I’m sure to be inspired if I listen to songs from Susumu Hirasawa, or Fakear and so many more. For drawings it’s difficult to say only some names indeed, but I’m always very hurry to see the last creations from WLOP or Artgerm and of course, the real Goddess for me, Clamp….. And Loish, and Boulet, and Maliki and……… Emiru : “Legends says she never stopped saying artist names…”
Do you have any funny stories related to your art?
Emiru : In fact I have many funny stories ! The host : Depends of what you mean by “funny”… Emiru : They are! Let’s say it’s just a little cynical sometimes…. I guess you will discover the funny part of being a dead artist through the story we try to tell… I wouldn’t like to shock someone here.. *her eyes rolled to the host*
What is the most challenging part of being an artist in the medium you’ve chosen?
all together : Timidity !!
Is there anyone you’d like to promote?
Emiru : Sure! In fact there’s two amazing artist I follow very closely on the Internet… The host : Not “that” close don’t worry… Emiru : *sigh*… I like so much to see any update from them ! I’m never disappointed! First I have to talk about Tara A. Devlin, she’s a really great horror author and she translate really good Japanese horror/strange stories. I had the chance to draw some illustrations for two of her books and it was one of the best working experience I had ! I have a special something for her way to write her characters in her stories, they’re always really interesting. And the second would be…
The Host : My turn! I need to talk about A.M. (@inking_imps on Instagram). It’s an amazing artist that uses traditional ink and paper in a way that makes me feel peace. You can feel in her lines the patience and love she put in her art and I think it’s really amazing.
Emiru : *whisper* It’s what I wanted to say anyway..
Where can we find you on social media?
The Host : *to Emiru* And?
Emiru : And soon we will make a very safe website where you can follow my chilling stories without fearing any curse from any scary entities!
The Host : *to Emiru* See? That wasn’t so hard?
All together: Thank you very much for your time.
Thank you to Emiru and her host for taking the time to answer these questions. This is going to be a lot of fun to put on the podcast, so stay tuned for the episode that will drop this Saturday! Don’t forget to follow Emiru on social media to stay up to date with all of their creations and stories!