Kotaro Chiba grabbed my attention the first time I ran across her on Behance. She’s from Japan, and I basically know nothing about her except that I love her simple, flat style. Her people are weirdly long and spindly, with mysterious expressions, and an air of unconcerned, even content, melancholy. Not quite Anime, but distinctly […]
As illustration goes, an inspirational genius has got to be Shohei Otomo from Tokyo, Japan. Genius is not a word I like to use in this day and age, but when work looks this good, created with only a paper-mate ballpoint pen, the term is justified.
Playing with fire takes the literal meaning here. Osaka-based artist Hiromi Hirasaka saw boring matchsticks as a potential blank canvas, so started drawing Kokeshi-style faces on the match heads, creating these super cute and quirky design pieces.
ONEQ, born on Japan’s southeast Kyushu island, mixes Japanese and American art styles when dealing with manga designs. It’s a pop-art style with an underground flavor.
Melissa Haslam’s paintings reflects a special view of the world. Her influences include Japanese illustration and contemporary fashion photography, with an emphasis on narrative themes.
Maria Parrish takes her inspiration for her sparkly illustrations from ‘candy, jewelry, Christmas lights, animals, fashion, textures, and beauty. But really, I just like pretty things in color’. [see also the Japanese-themed illustrations of Dennis Juan Ma]