Otakumouse™: Toy and Figure Blog is a hobby site/blog focused on the anime figure scene. The site is currently being managed by Nico Cardenas who works as a Designer based in Manila, Philippines. Shoot him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The "Otakumouse" idea started in the middle of 2008 and 2009. Those were the years when I was just starting my figure collecting hobby. It was originally called "Needlemouse Otaku" because I was using the name "Needlemouse" in all of my design projects that time. Then I realized the name was just too long to pronounce and to remember so I decided to change it.
I really want to preserve the word "mouse" because it is already a part of my identity as a designer and I also want to keep the word "otaku" because it encapsulates all of the topics (games, anime, toys, etc) that I want to showcase in this site. So I just decided to replace the word "needle" in the name "needlemouse" with the word "otaku" giving me the name "Otakumouse". It's pretty lame I know. But you get the message ;)
The "mouse" emblem has been around for many years and is originally a part of my designer identity. Since I already have a the actual "logo", I mostly focus on designing the logotype when I'm rebranding Otakumouse. I did 4 major iterations of the logotype since 2008 and I was actually laughing at myself when I saw my earlier designs because they look crap and unprofessional :P
Today, I'm happy with my current logo and I'm still not sure if I'll be doing a logo re-design anytime soon. One thing's for sure though, the logotype will change but the "mouse emblem" will definitely remain.
Design and illustration has been my real passion and It was the only skill I'm good at when I was a kid. I also didn't excel in any academic subjects back when I was still studying but I do get high grades if the subject has something to do with "drawing" and "design". I don't have any specific style when it comes to my illustrations and I just directly doodle what I have in mind. This skill opened up new oppurtunities for me and It helped me a lot when I was just starting my career both in the design and development industry locally and abroad.
Aside from doing pop illustrations, I also draw anime / manga. I'm a big fan of artist Tony Taka and I've been using his works as a reference in improving my own style. I also dig the works of Kirisagi Gunma, I-NO, and Bosshi.
I had my fair share of coding horrors and nightmares throughout my career and I tell you, it was never fun to fix a broken or buggy code. I've been a part of numerous development projects in the past ranging from desktop to web apps. Though sometimes enjoyable, I still prefer designing things.
Anime figures are not toys. They are fine sculptures created by some of the best illustrators and sculptors in Japan. They are not mass produced and are always in limited stocks.
That's why it is somewhat a standard for figure collectors to take pictures of their figures and share it online. As a figure collector myself, it is so rewarding to see the fine details of a figure when doing figure photography.
I currently use a Nikon D7000 DSLR camera paired by a 50mm F1.4G lens. I'm also using a "mini studio" as the staging area for my figures.