Sunday, December 27, 2009

Childhood influences - Children's book and comics

I was a book nerd. Well, I still am and love to collect books but...:) My mother loves buying children's book so I was never bored at home growing up. Below is part of children's book collection. My mother has a room just for reading them and we call it "Piggy's room" because everyone gets lazy there.
My favorite things to collect in UK was stones and teddy bears. My favotire teddy bear was forever friends bear. My absolute bible is this comic. Everyone my age say they grew up with salor moon but I wasn't allowed to buy comics back then. When I came back to Japan and was old enough to buy my own stuff, I bought Gokinjyo Monogatari comics by Ai Yazawa. I LOVE her stuff but Gokinyo~ is my favorite:)

Childhood influences - Sketch book

I lived in U.K. for 3 years when I was a small kid. My parents were into traveling, eating, and visiting museums back then. So I was lucky enough to visit almost every famous (and sometimes non famous)museums in Europe. But sometimes me and my sister got tired of seeing giant paintings all day, and my mother decided to hand us a sketchbook. We weren't forced to do anything with it so we would sketch anything we wanted (ofcourse I don't remember most of it since I was so young) Here are some of the things I liked when I was age 4-7.Sketch in Wien Austria. Apperantly I got a signature from some guy...?
Sketch of Matterhorn in Switzerland.
Little souvenir from North York Moors National Park. Probably not allowed. Oops.
Dragonfly sketch.
Sketch of a painting by Marc Shagall. He is still my favorite.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Experimenting day!

I got inspried by Antonio Frasconi's "See and Say" and started experimenting with textures, colors and line work. I really really love how the pencil line came out. I think I'm going to experiment more with this kind of grany, organic look. Antonio Fransconi does wood cuts and his use of shapes and colors are amazing! Especially when he layers colors with textures, his work really grabs me. Mmmm, now I need to do some printmaking!

Holiday cards!

Happy (late) Thanksgiving! Since I got 5 days of free time, and my family is too far away to visit, I worked on holiday cards. Usually, having time doesn't help me but this time I got to really work on ideas, composition, line work, colors, and textures. And I found out using tracing paper to figure out the composition helps me more than I thought. I need to work this way more often.

So here are the steps...

And final! (skipped the color and texture experiment part) There's more inside the card but it's a secret;)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Otter project

Couple of days ago, I finished a project for Georgia Aquarium. The illustrations was used for a presentation on Otters. There was apperantly people (scientists, biologists and so on) from all over the world to see this presentation. The otter basically pee on que into the cup. This way, it's easier to collect pee sample for various tests. I never knew otters are so smart!

So the project started with thumbnails to sketches to some color samples...

After few tweaks, below are the final images used for the presentation. I had so so so much fun with this project! I am secretly an aquarium nerd. I used to study about dolfins, did a overnight stay at aquariums, and probably visited more than 10 aquariums in 3 years. I am looking forward to visiting Georgia Aquarium soon and meet these cute otters!

Monday, November 2, 2009

This year's Halloween costume was...

For this year's Halloween I decided to make my own costume. And I though hand sewing everything was a easy, good idea (wrooong!) It took a while but... this is what I made!
Got it? It's MAX from where the Wild Things Are! I tried make it look more like a book than the movie.
And I wore it at work. (for an hour)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

I love who I work for because...

This Thursday my office decided to do pumpkin carving after work. In the past we did gingerbread man decoration and Halloween costume at work and so on but I did not expect to have 15 big pumpkins at the office! It was so much fun, this is one of the reason why I love working for this company. So here is what I carved...
And this is what it looks like when it's lit up.And this is the master piece(s) created by coworkers. All of them turned out great don't you think? :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Editor's choice for IllustrationMundo!

I got an email from couple of days ago saying that I have been chosen as an "Editor's choice"! I have been a huge fan of IllustrationMundo and have found so many great artists there. My profile image is on the front page right now so go check it out:)

Thursday, September 10, 2009

My work displayed in "Sex in Art" website!

I am soooo happy to know that my work is displayed at "Sex in Art" website! It's still kind of funny that this image was the piece my college chose for their alumni show. And it was displayed in a college building for a while. Anyways, I am especially excited about this because I have been trying to break out of the "innocent look" shell for a while. I am still learning and trying to make art that is sexy but not overdo it or make something meaningless. Hopefully I can create more of it to enhance my "naughty and bitter" section;)

Here is the direct link to Shiho Hoshino's "Sex in Art" :)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

octopus obsession!

I've been obsessed with octopus lately. I don't know why but whenever I have free time, I keep drawing octopus. Maybe this is a sign that I should go by the beach and eat octopus...mmm:)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

SI: facebook jealousy

This week's Saturday Illustrations was about facebook creating unnecessary triggers for jealousy between relationships. Some of the "jealousy triggers" include tagging photos and wall posts. People are so obsessed with facebook today... I remember freshman year of college, when everyone was obsessed with Live Journal and AIM, and they would exchange information a little more private than facebook. Hmm I feel so old now...

ANYWAYS, this is what I had at first. This is close to the sketches I did but something looked wrong.
So I revised it to have more direct and simple symbols. I'm glad I revised it. This was a challenge for me because I usually include animal or human in illustration. But since I do this kind of graphic stuff at work, I thought it would be a good exercise to include it into my illustration:)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Which tool are you?

It took soooooo long to do this week's Saturay Illustrations. I guess it's because of the coffee I had this morning. I kept going back and forth with thumbnails and sketches and I never could decide what to do for the topic (which was about how to be a better employee, and they explained it by hammer and swiss army knife). Here's some of the disaster sketches...

Once I got out of that struggle, I did about 4 finals. I mainly was experimenting with linework, textures, and colors even though I wasn't trying to. I kept coming up with new process but none of them seemed right. In the end, I got this image.I'm not too happy with it. It's not "me". But I guess it's good to struggle whole day to get something ok once in a while... it made me think about my work/work process:)

Sunday, August 9, 2009

card board fruits/vegetables

Thanks to efmouk and Jade's suggestions, I did some more fruits/vegetable sketches. I used card board as a base. I kind of wish I used white in these but... I had fun:) More fruits/vegetable suggestions are appreciated :)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Midnight apple

I had an urge to play with textures tonight. I started this after 12am so it didn't take me that long. Maybe I will add characters or something more fun in the near future. What should be the next fruit I should draw?

Friday, July 31, 2009


Last week's Saturday Illustrations topic was about a "goo moving through the Chukchi Sea in Alaska" It is such a strange thing and stranger topic haha. Above is the outcome of the strangeness. I wonder where the blob is now?

Monday, July 27, 2009

WDLnet exhibition catalog!

Just wanted to share this:) I got the catalog from WDLnet exhibition. They got my illustration right side up on this one so I am happy!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My work in New York!

I did some freelance work for a super awesome lady, Alice last year. Since then, she has been really really nice to me, always kept my spirit up. And this summer she asked if I wanted to put my work up for this restaurant in East Village. I was so excited and happy to work for her (and the restaurant owners) again. So this is the restaurant...

It's a tiny, very New York size restaurant but the owners are really really kind and talkative. Marco Polo is the name of the restaurant. They named it after their background (husband being Italian and a Chinese wife) The journey made them closer and if you see them, you can instantly tell they are happy. I always think I am very very lucky with meeting truly kind people. For those people, I would try my best to do something that will make them smile/laugh:)