Interview | Peach Momoko - Winner of the 2021 Eisner Award for Best Cover Artist, Peach Momoko is one of the most prolific cover artists working today

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• Por Alisson Santos

Eisner Award-winning artist Peach Momoko is one of the most prolific artists working in comics today. From her debut as a storyteller in erotica magazines in Japan to creating covers for numerous independent publishers and major comic book publishers in the United States, Peach Momoko's sonic, colorful style and unique approach to popular characters has earned her a following. of devoted fans. She took time out of her busy schedule to chat with us, and we're so excited to share some of the questions she answered about her creative process, inspirations, and what's great about creating art, so keep reading!

1 - How did it feel to win the 2021 Eisner Awards for Best Cover Artist?

I had heard about the Eisner Award and hoped to win it someday, but not anytime soon. I was really surprised! Because of the time difference, I started getting messages and texts from my friends like Gurihiru and other artists right when the awards were announced, and later I received an official email that said “Congratulations!”

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2 - You also worked with erotic magazines in Japan and the United States. Sometimes male artists are criticized for drawing very sexy female characters, but you get a different perspective on women. How do you see?

The type of characters I like in general are confident, erotic and sexy women. I understand the criticisms of men who draw very “sexy” women, but personally I think it's great to draw erotic women, regardless of the artist's gender. When I try to draw an erotic pose or situation, it becomes more about the character's confidence and strength, so I think those qualities are the same in my eyes.

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3 - What are some of the biggest challenges or frustrations you've had to deal with in creating art?

My biggest challenges usually occur when there are too many creative limitations (insufficient creative freedom).

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4 - Who are your biggest artistic influences?

There are so many great artists that I look up to. It's really a long list. But Adi Granov for sure. He helped me a lot to break into the industry and I really respect him a lot. I've also watched Studio Ghibli movies since I was young and they've been one of my biggest influences.

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5 - You've worked on several projects in the last few months. How do you keep your work pace and not overwhelm yourself?

I don't even know how many projects I've worked on, to be honest. But keeping my motivation high is never a problem. I get anxious if I'm not drawing. Sometimes I draw just to relax. And when I feel overwhelmed, I step away from the screen and watch a movie or do something to clear my mind. But in the end I always come back to drawing.

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6 - What advice would you give any aspiring comic book cover artist? How difficult was it to get your space in this sector?

Keep drawing everyday. You never know when opportunities arise. After all, that's what got me into comics. I used to submit my work to many magazines around the world – but Girls and Corpses was the only one to respond. They published my work and that's how the doors of comics in the United States opened and I got to my first Comic Con event.