What inspires you?
Everything from my daily life—television, magazines, music, people on the streets, travels, etc. I often find hints and inspirations in conversations with friends, then proceed to expand on the situational imagery.
Are you interested in fashion?
Moderately. I do admire fashionable people, but don't quite have the sensibility to apply it to my own wardrobe—so I am mainly on the observing end.
Describe your work.
I don't feel that my artistic style is incredibly unique, but I do value the playful situations and subtle touch of humour in my works.
Which media and techniques do you use? I draw sketches by hand, then scan them into my Mac to add colour with Photoshop,
What, for you, makes a successful fashion illustration?
Something that has flavour, an edge, a "smell"—that's what I aspire to create, as it's too boring to be merely cute or stylish.
What artistic training have you undertaken?
Upon graduation from an art school in Saga, Japan, I worked at several design firms as design assistant. I started illustrating around 1996, and started receiving assignments around 1997. Now I continue to take commercial commissions while working on original projects and exhibitions.
If you could give one piece of advice to a student, what would it be?
As much as it is important to create what your heart desires, it is also important to create something original with the intention that it will be used and viewed by the public.
Mild and easygoing. I am most proud that I have fulfilled my wish of making illustration a profession, and that I have found something that I would like to do for a long time.
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