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Planet Minecraft Interviews Michiru

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This interview was our fourth PMC Weekly Interview, featured in Volume 61! In this volume, we interviewed Michiru!

Michiru!
Michiru has been a member since 2012! During their time, they've submitted over 400 skins and have shared their art via blogs and wall posts. They've given nearly 6,000 diamonds and have participated in several contests and events that have collectively awarded them 32 trophies/badges. Michiru continues to amaze us with their art and their skins, and always seems to be focused and determined on improving their skills. Recently, they've been remaking their original skins in HD, always nailing the shading, details and overall character. Looking for a member that continuously makes great content? Michiru is that and more as you'll learn after reading this interview!

How did your Minecraft experience begin?


I discovered Minecraft in 2012, as it started to become trendy among junior high schoolers. I played a lot in single player using an unofficial version, as my parents didn’t want me to access the internet until I was 14. I still remember the first house I’ve built: it was square, entirely made of wooden planks, and had a flat roof with a tree on it. I got my first account (of which I won’t tell you the name, I am too ashamed of it haha) for my 14th birthday one year later and started to play in multiplayer.


Do you still play Minecraft?

Honestly, I haven’t really played video games since 2017 as I started college. I just wanted to move on to something else, and rather focused on creative hobbies rather than passive ones. However, I still play occasionally on a new account with my boyfriend and some friends of mine on a small private server. For me, it’s a way to ‘physically’ keep in touch as we’re all studying far away from each other.


What inspired you to start making skins? How did you learn? Are there any tips or tricks you'd like to share for someone that's just starting out with skinning?

I started to make skins in 2015 as I wanted to have the appearance of a very specific character and couldn’t find any skin of it on the internet. Meanwhile, in 2016 I met my boyfriend I’m still in a relationship with (So cute huhu). He helped me improving my technique, and we started to make skins together, and published them on his PMC account (which is mine now). Then he started to get busy with school, and I’ve continued alone. I may surprise you, but I’ve never watched any skin-making tutorial: I’ve mostly learned by observing the reality and using reference pictures for the shading. My advice for beginners: don’t rush, take the time to find your own style. You may also find helpful to take inspiration from more experimented skin-makers and try reproducing their technique.



You're re-making a lot of your skins in HD. Can you tell us how long it usually takes to make those? What challenges do you face when you're making the HD skins?

Well, it depends a lot on the skin, as I sometimes re-use a part of the design from one skin to another (Rose’s and Lily’s overalls are basically the same recolored overall), but I’ve never spent less than 6 hours working on a HD skin, and usually spend 8-10 hours. In my opinion, the trickiest part of a HD skin is the hair, which sometimes takes me almost 2 hours to make. More generally, I think that the whole challenge of making HD skins is to make them look as much realistic as possible.



We love your art! When did you start drawing? What are your favorite pieces?

Thank you! As far as I remember, I've been drawing 'seriously' since I was 11, but really started to have a decent style in 2017, and bought my first tablet in early 2019. Among the ones I've published on Planet Minecraft, my favorites pieces are this one I've made at the beginning of the lockdown :

Planet Minecraft Interviews Michiru


as well as this one, which is an illustration I've made for one of my skins :
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What is your favorite submission you've made on PMC? Why?

Definitely my HD Night Running. I'm really proud of what I've achieved with the lightning, not to mention that I am a complete fangirl of the anime the character is from. As I've mentioned on the skin page, this is also probably one of the skins I had the most pleasure working on.

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What do you enjoy most about Planet Minecraft?

Although I genuinely love Planet Minecraft's welcoming and very supportive community, what I like the most is probably the quality and diversity of the content we can find here : Contrary to most Minecraft related website, PMC is not strictly limited to Minecraft content, and I really enjoy seeing other artists sharing their work.


Do you have any goals on the site (subscriber goal, perhaps win a contest, etc).

I don't really have precise goals here. To be honest, I don't really pay much attention to how much subscribers I get, having recently reach the 1.2 milestone is still really rewarding for me. However, winning a official contest will definitely warm my heart!


Is there a specific member that inspires you or you look up to? Who/Why?

Probably too much to name them all, but I really love DragonsDungeon's unique style which never fails to amaze me! I am also very impressed by Aspirin60 's and Nitgo's fantastic and extremely detailed mobs skins, I'll never have the patience and the motivation to make even one (Well, except my Leprechaun for the contest hihi).


Do you have any other hobbies alongside Minecraft?

As you have probably guessed, I really love art, especially drawing! I have tons of old (and ugly) paper drawings at my parents' home, and probably as many digital sketches on my hard drive! I also enjoy creating characters with unique designs and personalities. Here are a few of them I've also made skins of (Don't ask me why I wrote their names in japanese):





As you also may have noticed because of my artsyle, I'm a fan of japanese animation, especially for its artistic aspect : I like animes which have a unique and dynamic artsyle and a particular atmosphere like Trigger's stuff. I am also really physically active : I'm playing basket-ball in my college's team, and love swimming, and hiking in nature.



Do you have any pets?

I would love to, but sadly I'm living in my school's dormitory which doesn't allow students to have pets.



If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

France? No just kidding. I would really love visiting Yakushima forest in Japan, for its really unique and magical atmosphere. I would be pretty excited to walk among the oldest trees in the world!


Favorite quote or words of wisdom for the community? OR Do you have any advice for new members of PMC?

Always do what you really enjoy! Don't do it for the subs, or for success, do it your yourself! All things come to those who wait!


Anything you'd like to add?

Thank you very much for this opportunity! <3
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11/27/2020 1:22 pm
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Nice art! :D
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11/27/2020 12:58 pm
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Selamat datang
kembali!
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11/25/2020 5:12 pm
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Dope Art Fam
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11/22/2020 3:45 pm
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dope art
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11/21/2020 3:33 am
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I hope I'm interviewed some day.

Because that would mean some time in the future, I would be making random garbage so good that PMC notices and just says "Why not" and that would be an accomplishment of a whole new level
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11/19/2020 2:56 pm
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can you interview me?
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11/19/2020 12:16 pm
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When will the next interveiw be?
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11/19/2020 8:31 am
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ngl this was the most interesting interview i have seen

im so glad this was michiwu getting interviewed
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11/18/2020 2:15 amhistory
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can you interveiw me?
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11/17/2020 12:46 pm
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I would like to be interveiwed in the future when i am more popular..................
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