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SMA Editorial Dept. SMA Editorial Dept. 23/09/2022 6 min read
PROFILE Name/Pen Name: Cherry Age: 27 Country: El Salvador Favorite Manga: Probably Vagabond but I have many that I like so it’s hard to just choose one. Favorite Movie: The Lion King Entry Title: “Don’t rush my love!!” Round: SMA17 “Moments of HASTE, RAGE, or SMILES” Award: Honorable Mention

“Don’t be afraid; just go for it and draw. The more you do it the less scary it gets, and the more you draw the more you learn.”

  About SMA
  • How does it feel to receive a SILENT MANGA AUDITION® award? It feels great! It has given me more confidence in my skills and inspired me to keep trying and draw more manga.
  • What was the inspiration behind your awarded work? I had bought a pair of rollerskates recently and I really wanted to draw them, so I decided to create a simple story that would allow me to feature them.
  • What challenges did you face while making your manga? How did you overcome them? Definitely drawing backgrounds! I had to research a lot and draw them again several times until I got something I was satisfied with. I still have yet to overcome this, but I’m doing my best so that little by little my backgrounds can get better.


  About your Manga
  • How and when did you start making manga? Any advice for beginners? I was maybe 12 years old drawing my own magical girl stories. My advice would be to not be afraid and just go for it and draw. The more you do it the less scary it gets, and the more you draw the more you learn.
  • Do you draw your manga digitally or by hand? What are your go-to digital or analogue tools? I use an art tablet (GAOMON PD2200) and Clip Studio Paint EX.
  • What was the first manga you picked up? D.Gray-man by Katsura Hoshino-sensei.
  • Which manga changed your life? Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey by Akiko Higashimura-sensei.
  • Which manga character do you most identify with? Why? Definitely with Akiko Hayashi; her story is one which I can relate to and I have found myself in the same position as her.
  • What kind of manga do you want to make next? So far I have made lighthearted and silly stories, but I want to make something more serious next time and challenge myself more.

  About You
  • What do you do when you’re not making manga? How do you relax? I usually play video games, read manga, or work on other art projects.
  • What industry do you work in (if manga making isn’t your primary job)? I work as a phone interpreter.
  • Where do you see your manga career in 5 years time? I would like to be able to create manga more seriously and work on longer manga projects.
  • What manga making advice would you give to your younger self if you could? To not listen to what others say and to keep drawing the things you enjoy.
  • What advice would you give to people entering the SILENT MANGA AUDITION®? To have fun while creating manga and continue practicing.


Thank you, Cherry! We’re eagerly expecting your next manga masterpiece!

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