Painapple Studio is a two-man art team with a big imagination and a small attention span. We love telling stories in any form. Our current running series include fantasy comic Ties That Bind, and murder mystery light novel, Keitantei.

Ayu Sakata

Ayu Sakata - Writing, coloring

Once upon a time, Ayu was born. When she was seven years old, she decided that writing was boring and unfun, and she swore she'd never become a writer. That promise really didn't work out. These days, her idea of a good time is hanging out in the library. Her favorite genres are mystery and fantasy, and she thinks comics are pretty swell. She also likes tea, bento, and baking. When she's not writing for Painapple Studio, she's writing for visual novel group sakevisual. You can follow her exploits on twitter at @soymilkpudding.

Micah Solusod

Micah Solusod - Art, character design

Micah got as far as writing "Micah is..." for his profile before giving up. In his defense, the statement is at least accurate. He also never claimed to be a writer. Micah was born and raised in Hawaii where he spent most of his time drawing and not paying attention in class (mostly because he was drawing). When he's not drawing, he's reading manga, cooking, or tending to his reasonably sized not at all too large collection of Transformers. To see more of his hijinks, follow him on twitter at @maioceaneyes.


What tools do you use?

Lots. But remember that every artist is different, and you will need to experiment with many things before you find the toolset that suits you best. Explore the following sites and see what supplies they offer. The product we use might not be the best one for you. Check out your local art supply store. You might find something cool. That being said, here's a list of stuff we use regularly.

Micron Pens - Traditional. Good for clean inks and detail.
Kuretake Pens - Traditional. Lots of options for any kind of inking.
Zebra Brush Pens - Traditional. Good for dramatic inking.
Prisma Markers - Traditional. For coloring things. Slightly cheaper than...
Copic Markers - Traditional. For coloring things. Industry standard for manga-ka.
Clip Studio Paint EX - Digital. Designed to make manga. Industry standard.
ProCreate - Digital. For use with iPad and Apple Pencil. Great for inking.
Photoshop Elements - Digital. Super useful for many things, but we primarily use it for coloring.
Intuos - Hardware. A drawing tablet. Pretty affordable.
iPad Pro - Hardware. Pair it with an Apple Pencil to draw.

What do you suggest for a beginner?

Draw with anything you can find. Pencil and paper are your friends. Use photos of real things for reference. Start realistic, and your own style will develop naturally over time. Find things you're not good at drawing and draw those until you are. Check out the following links for some more affordable resources.

Fire Alpaca - Free software. Designed to run on slower devices.
MediBang - Free software. Works on mobile devices as well as computers.
Jump Paint - Free software. A reskin of MediBang designed to make manga. Has extra content provided by Shonen Jump.
Clip Studio Paint Pro - The cheaper version of Clip Studio Paint EX. Fewer features, but still nice.
Huion Tablets - A more affordable alternative to Wacom tablets.

Do you take commissions?

Sometimes. Check our commissions page for our current status.