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Jun 26

Meet Hailey Sabourin, Illustrator of the new Fly Catcher Boy iBook

 

Hailey, self-portrait manga style

Q:  We first met in the summer of 2011, introduced through mutual friends.  When you heard I wanted to meet you to talk about illustrating a book, what did you think?

A:  I was excited.  All I could think was positive!

Q:  I spent about three days in your hometown, talking and getting to know you and your family.  Before I left, we made a tentative deal to partner together to create an App or, as it turned out, an iBOOK.  Did that decision cause you any nightmares? 

A:  Not bad dreams but sometimes forcing myself to sit and work felt like a nightmare!  Once I had a dream that I’d finished everything, but then I woke up.

Q:  Twenty-seven illustrations is a huge job.  I know there was a lot of pressure on you to meet deadlines and keep up with school work.  How did you manage it?

A:  I’m a bit of a procrastinator so working and meeting deadlines was hard for me to do in the beginning.  I worked about an hour a day and most all day on Saturdays.

Q:  The iBOOK is illustrated manga-style.  Tell the readers what manga is, why you are attracted to it, and when you started exploring this unique Japanese style?

A:  Manga is a style of drawing used in Japanese comic books.  Animae, short for animation, is another style of drawing.  When I was in elementary school I went to a friend’s house to watch “Inuyasha, Fire on Mystic Island”, a movie that belongs to the animae/manga series of “Inuyasha”. I started watching more animae and slowly found others I liked.  I was already interested in art so I looked up “Manga Tutorials” online and found Mark Crilly.  His videos helped me start out.  After a while I started to develop my own style and improve.

Q:  As a child, did you know what you wanted “to be” when you grew up?

A:  I guess I was like every kid, switching back and forth.  All I knew was that I liked to draw and I wanted to do something with that.

Q:  Do you play sports?

A:  I played soccer for two years but I don’t belong to any teams.  I took a modern dance class this year at school and I liked it a lot.

Q:  Your parents have been involved in the Terry Fox Run for many years, organizing the community annual run.  What was your role?

A:  I was a fundraiser.  My dad is a teacher and he would volunteer to be duct taped to the school wall so people could throw pies at him.  I raised over $200 each time we did it.

screenshot from Fly Catcher Boy

Q:  You told me once you enjoyed acting.  What was your first role?

A:  In Grade 4 I played the Mayor’s wife in the musical Pied Piper.  I had a very short solo.

Q: When I was your age I was a camp counselor.  Tell me about the camp you are involved with? 

A:  I’m a day camp leader helping with arts and crafts, archery, rope challenges, beach games.  The kids are 5-12 years old.  They have lunch, and we all go home before supper.

Q:  Now that you’re 16 how has life changed?

A:  This summer I take my driver’s test.  🙂

Q:  What do you do to unwind, relax?

A:  I draw on the computer.  Also, I’m now making hand-drawn cards which is relaxing.

Q:  How would you describe your personality?

A:  I’m outgoing, independent, and I like challenges.

Q:  What makes you happy?

A:  Being with friends.  Completing a drawing!

Q:  Do you have any Japanese friends?

A:  Yes.  Mitsuka is part of my Japanese class.  She’s from the Kansai area in Japan and helps us out with writing hiragana and katakana which is very scary!

Q:  You want to study manga and work in Japan someday.  What is it that draws you to Japan? 

A:  First, it was the language.  I liked the sound and thought it was cool.  Then animae.  I’m going to apply for the JET program and go for a year to see how it works.  My family has applied to billet a Japanese student so we’re excited about that.

 

screenshot from Fly Catcher Boy

Q:  What’s your favourite Japanese food?

A:  Takoyaki and sunomono salad.  Of course, sushi, too.

Q:  Do you like to cook?

A:  Yes.  I started when I was 11 or 12 years old.  Now I’m cooking different kinds of cakes and curry rice.

Q:  I sure enjoyed the breakfast you made while I was visiting last summer.

A:  Thanks.  I like to cook eggs.

 

THANKS, HAILEY.  I ENJOYED THIS INTERVIEW AND LOOK FORWARD TO EVERYONE GETTING TO KNOW YOU.  YOU DID A SUPER JOB AND SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENT.  I’M SURE THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING FOR YOU.  REALLY, HOW MANY TEENAGERS HAVE A PORTFOLIO THAT LISTS “ILLUSTRATED AN iBOOK” AS THEIR FIRST JOB?!?  BANZAI, HAILEY!!!

                           

2 comments

  1. Lois

    I enjoyed meeting Hailey in this interview. What a wonderful job she did on Flycatcher Boy!

  2. Jacquie

    Really enjoyed the interview! (and the ibook)

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