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

I’m from Osaka, Japan. Ever since I was a child, I had a strong passion for drawing and creating. Currently, I work as a freelance illustrator which has been my dream job.



2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

I always try to make illustrations that are something more than just visual information. If someone feels brightened by my artworks even a little bit, it’s my greatest pleasure.

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3. What is your favourite medium and why?

Most of my current artworks are digital. Nowadays, digital illustrations are very common, but I believe it still has many potentials.


4. What is your artistic process like?

It starts with making multiple small rough sketches on paper to find the most comfortable lines and balance. After that, I decide on the colors and details as searching reference materials.


5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

I get inspired by my daily life, books, pictures, and movies.


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

It’s a part of my life and identity. I’ve been drawing since I was very young. Whenever I was happy or depressed, it made me calm and involved.



7. Where did you study?

I studied graphic design at university. The experiences in the university have helped me to deal with design as an illustrator.


8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I hope I’m still enjoying my work, and keep challenging new things to expand my activities.


9. What about in ten?

It’s the same as #8, my priority is being happy and enjoying my work. Besides that, if I have enough experiences, I would like to offer information to help young artists.

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

I hope my artworks help somebody to find joy and peace in their heart.



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

I’m a huge food enthusiast. Any kind of food makes me happy, but chocolate is something else!

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12. Favourite book?

I like reading horror stories.


13. Favourite genre of music?


14. What are your hobbies?

Eating, cooking, and wandering around the city.


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

I would be a backpacker, and exploring all around the world! I think I still have a chance!

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