Images of happy, jumping girls are just what I need on this cold, wintery day. Aren’t these precious? They are paintings by Japan-based illustrator and writer Sunao Nakamura. I love simple shapes and the mixture of pretty pastel colors. The rope-jumping girl in the second image is my favorite.
I spotted the work of Tokyo-based illustrator Yuko Rai on Art Hound this afternoon and fell in love with all her charming and quirky paintings straight away. What soft colors and pretty details! The lady with the book and wine in the last image is my favorite (hmm, I wonder why that is).
The colorful works of Japanese illustrator Hatsuki Miyahara have long been my favorites. I met Hatsuki in Osaka this spring, where she showed me many of her paintings at her home studio. Seeing her works in real life made me fall even more in love with her style. So many colors in so many layers! She recently created some new works which I’m happy to share with you today.
It doesn’t get more kawaii (cute) than this. These lovely, friendly illustrations are works by Chicaco Toya; a Japan-based artist who creates works for Magazines, Children’s books, and Advertisements.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Tokyo at the moment you can go see some of her works at a group exhibition called Cat Power at L’illustre Galerie Le Monde. From what I can tell this gallery features some great artists so I’m pretty sad I can’t be there to visit. Send me some pictures if you go!
I spotted some beautiful new paper collages on Yuki Kitazumi‘s website that I’m happy to share with you today. Very soft and feminine, very playful. Love her work!
During my trip in Japan I was lucky enough to visit Yuki at her house together with illustrator Fumi Koike (another favorite!) to chat about their work and lives as an illustrator. Read more about it here.