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

My name is Tatsuro Kiuchi. I’m an illustrator/painter based in Tokyo, Japan. I also teach illustration at Aoyamajuku in Tokyo.



2. Tell us about your aesthetic.

As most of my works are illustrations, subject matter usually comes from the external world, nature, people, animals, economics, politics, science and so on. Within the given pictorial frame, I try to view things differently in order to come up with unique compositions whenever possible. Whether the work is conceptual or narrative, colors and composition are the most important elements. I want my work to be eye-catching at first glance, but still quiet, calm and understated, retaining some abstraction and leaving a little room for viewers to interpret and eventually have an emotional response. It might be too greedy, but that’s what I am always thinking I want my artwork to be.


3. What is your favourite medium and why?

I love ballpoint pens. I use it to write and sketch. For my illustration works, I use Adobe Photoshop on Macintosh. It allows me so much control over my work including happy accidents.


4. What is your artistic process like?

I think it’s pretty standard. My works are almost all digital except for some textures. I usually start with idea thumbnails on my sketchbook. I do as many as I can until I get a couple of ideas which I think are working. Then start developing these ideas by drawing directly on screen with a Wacom tablet. When I have some drawings that I feel right, I lay in colors roughly on them, and send them as my rough sketches. As soon as one of the sketches is approved, I start finalizing the illustration, layer by layer. Basically, I keep one plain flat color on one layer so that adjusting colors afterward is very easy. My works used to be quite simple, but they are becoming more and more complex lately as the number of layers has increased in great deal. This means I use more colors than ever before, and I get too many layers sometime. I usually add shadows and textures at the very last stage.


5. Who and/or what inspires your work?

There are many artists whom I admire, but in these days, to be honest, I really get inspired by images I encounter everyday from SNS feeds like instagram, tumblr, or behance. Some of these images are works of well known artists or artists I am familiar with, and some are of artists who are totally new to me.


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

Well, it could sound a bit too romantic, but I would say art is my life itself. I make art to live, and live to make art. To me, making art and illustration is to depict and describe this world I live in, so I observe everything meticulously.



7. Where did you study?

Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

カリフォルニア州パサディナにあるArt Center College of Designという美大です。

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

I think I will be still doing illustration, but might be making more of my personal paintings.


9. What about in ten?

I might be living in Los Angeles. Who knows?


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

I hope to entertain people who look at my work. I would also like to tell people about pleasure of making art, and hopefully keep myself motivated in order to continue being creative as long as I can.



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

Curry and rice, all types of noodles.


12. Favourite book?

I can’t quite pick just one. It should be any art books by my favorite artists, but there are too many to choose from. However, at this very moment, I really dig “THE LOST HOUSE” by b.b. Cronin.

一冊だけ選ぶのは難しいですが、アーティストの画集であることは間違いないです。好きなアーティストが多すぎて決められません。ただ、今この時ということでいえばb.b. Croninの『THE LOST HOUSE』という絵本にハマってます。

13. Favourite genre of music?

I am into enka ballad these days.


14. What are your hobbies?

Riding a motorcycle, reading books, and collecting vintage junks.


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

A biologist or an antique dealer.