Instagram: @m.saneyuki

1. What’s your story? Where are you from?

I’m from Japan. I was drawing Manga before. Currently, I’m working as an illustrator. I also do some additional work, like drawing live paint and murals.



2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I am particular about line drawing. Predetermining the type and thickness of lines used in a piece, they are drawn according to specific rules.


3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Digital art, pen art. Drawing pen art derived from drawing Manga. I moved to digital art to draw uniform lines. It is produced so that the charm of analog illustration remains.


4. What is your artistic process like?

Reproducing analog illustrations. Draw a rough drawing on paper. Then, draw a digital line drawing with a tablet pen based on the rough drawing. I am not particular about coloring and shading. I take care of the balance.


5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Such as Hergé, Eizin Suzuki, Seizo Watase, I was influenced by the technique of expressing gradation with solid lines. My initial work expressed gradation with solid lines. The gradation is now represented by a broken line. I was also influenced by lithography and silkscreens. Lithography and silkscreen line drawings that express lines as surfaces are my ideals.

エルジェや鈴木英人、わたせせいぞうのようなグラデーションを実線で表現する手法に影響を受けました。 漫画作品を描いていた頃や、デジタルに移行した初期はグラデーションを実線で表現していたのですが、次第に陰影は点線を用いるようになりました。またリトグラフやシルクスクリーンにも影響を受けました。細かい「線」を筆運びのない「面」で表現できるリトグラフやシルクスクリーンは私の求める線の理想でもあります。

6. What role does art play in your life? How does it change the way you view the world?

Art exists to express the world I see. My work is a reproduction of the world. Therefore, I learned the habit of observing the modeling. I especially like flowers and natural scenery.



7. Where did you study?

I graduated from a design school.


8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I want to draw pictures that will make more people happy. To be honest, I want to be famous.


9. What about in ten?

The goal will not change, so I will be doing the same thing. Somewhere, somehow I will continue to draw.


10. What do you hope to achieve with your art?

My goal is to make my work part of someone’s daily life. Magazines, posters, CD jackets, book-cover design, food packages, etc.



11. Now, tell us a little more about you as a person: what is your favourite food?

Grilled eel.


12. Favourite book?

I really like the “Moomin” series by Tove Jansson. I like illustrations, world views and characters.


13. Favourite genre of music?

Indie rock. I am a fan of Vampire Weekend.

主にインディー・ロックが好きです。Vampire Weekendのファンです。

14. What are your hobbies?

My hobby is listening to music. I listen to music on the move or at work.


15. If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

Well… I can’t imagine.