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Japanese Illustration: Sunao Nakamura

October 12th, 2015 · 3 Comments

These are the whimsical paintings of Kyoto-born artist, illustrator and writer, Sunao Nakamura. I am very interested in the illustration coming out of Japan these days, specifically from young female illustrators. You can see the rest of this series on Japanese illustration here.

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Japanese Illustration: Fumi Koike

September 18th, 2015 · 1 Comment

This is the third post in my series on Japanese illustration. Fumi Koike is a freelance illustrator and designer originally from Fukuoka, Japan. Her work has appeared in many print publications including her own book/zine, DOG AND MORNING, which is available through one of my favorite shops for Japanese goods, UGUiSU.

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Previously featured in this series: Yuko Rai, Yamaji Naoko

Japanese Illustration: Yamaji Naoko

August 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment

This is the second post of this new series on Japanese illustrators. Today I’m featuring the work of Yamaji Naoko whose collages I featured last summer. I love these simple paintings of domestic life which were in a show called Home.

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Japanese Illustration: Yuko Rai

July 31st, 2015 · 2 Comments

There’s a lot of really interesting creative stuff happening in Japan that piques my interest. One of my favorite genres is the idiosyncratic, folk art-influenced work of young female illustrators like Yuko Rai of Tokyo. In their illustrations, Rai and her contemporaries minimize the noise of the outside world and instead emphasize the inner, psychological world and the aesthetics of the work itself – beautiful color and brushwork. You can look forward to more on this topic as I have plans to turn this into a small series on young, female illustrators from Japan.

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