Happy Friday everyone! Let’s celebrate with some magic and whimsy in the delightful work of Japan-based illustrator Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi. As some of you might know, I have a weak spot for Japanese illustration. I was super excited to meet some amazing makers on my trip to Tokyo last year and am desperate to go back and discover more.
When I was a kid, all Dutch winters would look like the nostalgic little scenery in Yuki Goto’s ice skating illustration. As soon as the ice was thick enough we’d get out to the nearest canal and spent entire days skating, playing and drinking warm chocolate milk from the stands selling drinks on the ice. Nostalgia!
As a bag designer graduated from Tama Art University, Japanese artist Yumiko Higuchi started to focus on embroidery as a side activity at first. But her passion for needles & thread grew quickly, and now, Yuki creates the most beautiful, whimsical patterns – often involving nature and animals – on fabrics, pouches, bowtie brooches, bags and many more items. She is also the author of several books filled with instructions & patterns for embroidery lovers.
I’m a big fan of Miroco Machiko’s superfun, raw, colorful illustrations. The things she creates all have this wonderful and unique character that makes me happy. Mr. yoga-cat in the third image is my favorite! Many more loveliness by Miroco to be found on her site.
It’s my birthday today! I just spent a wonderful night with a bunch of my favorite people who made me feel very happy and special. And I’m holding on tight to that birthday mood with a share of some of my favorite, festive illustrations by Japanese artist Aiko Fukawa, who I met during my trip in Japan last year.
Yesss, more loveliness from Japan! These incredibly cute & quirky illustrations are the work of Tokyo-based artist Kohei Ashino, who graduated from the Musashino Art University in 2014. Kohei has a great, diverse portfolio of works of which you can find more here.
Japan-based artist Naomi Okubo keeps amazing me with her dazzling, detailed paintings of mysterious ladies in colorful environments. Gorgeous! I met Naomi in her studio in Tokyo last spring where she showed me some of the paintings below when they were still in progress. Before starting a new piece, Naomi creates several ‘sketch paintings’ in which she experiments with color. The sketches themselves are worked out in detail, so finishing a final piece involves a lot of time and patience, which I strongly admire.