Instagram: @rankobayashi.illustration
Twitter: @dukani

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

I’m from Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa in Japan. A Gemini was born in June, I grew up near the sea. I started drawing as a child and it was expected that I’d be working with art in the future.



2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

By including humor and a grayish motif in a colorful and pretty world view, we are expressing not only cute but also multifaceted expressions.


3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I like Photoshop. As I was used to using Adobe software as a designer, I still find this software very easy to draw. Recently I draw with my iPad pro and procreate everyday and this is also very fun.


4. What is your artistic process like?

I will line up the keywords and roughly draw something with a pencil. Then, I will scan and import into digital tools. I draw mainly with Photoshop + Pentab but recently, I have been drawing with an iPad + Apple pencil.

キーワードを並べて、思いついたラフを鉛筆で描いていきます。そのあとスキャンしてデジタルツールへ取り込みます。主にPhotoshop + ペンタブで描いていますが、最近はiPad + Apple pencilで描く事も増えてきました。

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

Taro Gomi, Mizumaru Anzai, James Jarvis, Jean-Thomas “Tomi” Ungerer, Edward Goaly. And my mother, who loves foreign fabrics.


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

It is just like life work. It tells us that there are fun things in life and in the world.



7. Where did you study?

I studied design at a vocational school in Shibuya and worked as a designer for advertisements. Since I was in charge of illustration jobs more frequently, I started to learn illustration seriously at the pallet club in Tsukiji. Besides that, all of it is self-taught.


8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I think that I will be drawing illustrations as usual but I want to increase the expression method by challenging myself with various tools.


9. What about in ten?

It would be great if I could work with a wide variety of designers and also work in things like packaging, miscellaneous goods and interior decorations. I feel joy in building creativity with someone.


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

I hope someone will enjoy looking at my artwork with appreciation and its something that will remain in their heart. As time passes, I feel that I am getting closer to the goal. I want to fight and sadness away by increasing enjoyment.



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

All vegetables and super spicy curry!


12. Favourite book?

Edward Goaly’s ” L’Heure Bleue “, Paul Coelho’s “Al Alchemist”


13. Favourite genre of music?

I like music regardless of genre and the most I listen to is indie rock.


14. What are your hobbies?

Games, play with my dogs (3 poodles), wander around town


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

I might like working as a researcher or a museum staff because I like dinosaurs and deep-sea fishes