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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.

大é˜Ēå‡ēčēĢです。子䞛ぎ頃からįĩĩをかいたりäŊ•ã‹ã‚’äŊœãŖたりすることが大åĨŊきでした。įžåœ¨ã¯ãšãŖとå¤ĸだãŖたイナ゚トãƒŦãƒŧã‚ŋãƒŧとしãĻæ´ģ動しãĻいぞす。

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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.

常ãĢåˆļäŊœã™ã‚‹ã‚¤ãƒŠã‚šãƒˆãĢは単ãĒるčĻ–čĻšæƒ…å ąäģĨ上ぎもぎを持たせられãĒã„ã‹ã¨č€ƒãˆãĻいぞす。もしčĒ°ã‹ãŒį§ãŽäŊœå“ã§æĨŊã—ã„æ°—æŒãĄãĢãĒãŖãĻくれたãĒら、それäģĨ上ぎことはありぞせん。

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.

įžåœ¨ãŽį§ãŽäŊœå“ã¯ãģとんおデジã‚ŋãƒĢです。äģŠã‚„デジã‚ŋãƒĢäŊœå“ã¯æąēしãĻįã—い時äģŖではãĒいですが、それでもぞだこれから多くぎ可čƒŊ性があると思ãŖãĻいぞす。

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.

ぞずは小さãĒいくつもぎナフをį´™ãĢ描いãĻ、一į•ĒしãŖくりくるįˇšã‚„バナãƒŗã‚šã‚’æŽĸã‚Šãžã™ã€‚ãã“ã‹ã‚‰č‰˛ã‚„į´°ã‹ã„įŽ‡æ‰€ã‚’čŗ‡æ–™ã‚’検į´ĸしつつæąēめãĻいきぞす。

5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

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

æ—Ĩ常į”Ÿæ´ģ、æœŦ、į”ģ像、映į”ģです。

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.

į§ãŽäēēį”ŸãŽä¸€éƒ¨ã§ã€ã‚ĸイデãƒŗテã‚Ŗテã‚Ŗです。åšŧいころからずãŖとįĩĩを描いãĻきぞした。æĨŊã—ã„æ™‚ã‚‚æ‚˛ã—ã„æ™‚ã‚‚ã€įĩĩを描くことで気分がčŊãĄį€ã„ãĻ、å¤ĸ中ãĢãĒることがå‡ēæĨぞした。

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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.

大å­Ļでグナフã‚Ŗックデã‚ļイãƒŗをå­Ļãŗぞした。そぎ時ぎįĩŒé¨“はイナ゚トãƒŦãƒŧã‚ŋãƒŧとしãĻデã‚ļイãƒŗãĢé–ĸわる上でåŊšįĢ‹ãŖãĻいぞす。

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.

そぎ頃ãĢもæĨŊしんでäģ•äē‹ãŒå‡ēæĨãĻいるといいãĒと思いぞす。ぞた、新しいことãĢ挑æˆĻしįļšã‘ãĻæ´ģ動ぎ嚅をåēƒã’ãĻいたいです。

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.

前ぎčŗĒ問と同じく、一į•Ēぎå„Ē先順äŊã¯æĨŊしくäģ•äē‹ãŒã§ããĻいるということです。それãĢ加えãĻ、もしį§ãĢ十分ãĒįĩŒé¨“があれば、č‹Ĩ手ぎã‚ĸãƒŧテã‚Ŗ゚ト達ãĢとãŖãĻåŊšįĢ‹ã¤æƒ…å ąã‚’į™ēäŋĄã—たいです。

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

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

čĒ°ã‹ãŒį§ãŽäŊœå“ã§æĨŊしくįŠã‚„かãĒæ°—æŒãĄãĢãĒれたらと思ãŖãĻいぞす。

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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!

ã‚ãĄã‚ƒããĄã‚ƒéŖŸã„しん坊ãĒぎで、ãĒんでも大åĨŊきですが、チョã‚ŗãƒŦãƒŧトはåˆĨæ ŧですねīŧ

12. Favourite book?

I like reading horror stories.

ホナãƒŧがåĨŊきです。

13. Favourite genre of music?

Pop/Classic/Lo-fi/folk

14. What are your hobbies?

Eating, cooking, and wandering around the city.

éŖŸãšã‚‹ã“と、料į†ã€æ•Ŗ歊。

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!

バックパッã‚ĢãƒŧãĢãĒãŖãĻ世į•Œä¸­ã‚’æŽĸ検īŧãžã ãƒãƒŖãƒŗ゚はあると思ãŖãĻぞすīŧ

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