"Illustration for Giant Robot magazine co-founder Eric Nakamura, based on his vision of an Asian-American superhero." Eric Nakamura, Giant Robot, client.
Caterpillar, part of a personal series on flora and fauna.
Wolf, part of a personal series on flora and fauna.
Personal project, Patterns.
Haunted, from a personal series on ghosts and other things that haunt us.
"Illustration for an article on reconciling the suburban single-family home with the inevitable need for increased density in the 21st century." Atley G. Kasky, art director; GOOD Magazine, client.
The Visit, from a personal series on ghosts and other things that haunt us.
Duration: Professionally? Since I graduated in December.
Staff: Just me.
Education: Art Center College of Design, BFA in illustration.
Cultural Influences: My mother is Japanese, so I’m heavily influenced by her culture. I grew up watching hours and hours of anime of course, but I also love looking at origami patterns, woodblock prints, screen paintings and the decorative designs on wooden trays and teapots. I’ve spent a lot of time growing up in Japan, in the countryside, and that shaped my aesthetic tremendously. I respond best to simple, quiet, understated beauty that patiently waits to be discovered.
Environment: I feel most comfortable working in my room, with NPR playing in the background and the dog snoring on my bed.
Philosophy: Do what you love, not what you do best.