Flat style illustrations by Japanese artist Kotaro Chiba

Darren Cools Reader Find

By Darren Cools in New Illustration on Thursday 10 October 2013

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 […]

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Shohei Otomo’s art drawn with a paper-mate ballpoint pen

Daniel Isles Reader Find

By Daniel Isles in New Illustration on Tuesday 13 August 2013

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.

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Hiromi Hirasaka creates art out of matchstick heads

Cat Madeira Reader Find

By Cat Madeira in New Art on Tuesday 30 July 2013

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.

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New illustrations by Japanese artist ONEQ

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Illustration on Thursday 22 November 2012

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.

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Japanese-themed paintings by Melissa Haslam

Maria Monferrer Reader Find

By Maria Monferrer in New Art on Wednesday 21 March 2012

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.

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Dennis Juan Ma Reader Find

By Dennis Juan Ma in New Illustration on Thursday 10 June 2010

Japanese artist Shohei shows his marvelous drawing skill and imagination through a single ball point pen. He can really draw.

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Maria Parrish

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Illustration on Wednesday 12 March 2008

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]

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