Saturday, 11 September 2010

UPside Exhibition

Here is the link of the upcoming exhibition called "UPside" by me and my ex uni-mates from the illustration, book art and printmaking class. The show is from 13th Sep until 7th Nov in a cafe and its gallery called Medcalf at Exmouth Market.

We all created something new under the theme of "UPside of life" aka "the reasons to be cheerful". Please have a view and enjoy how each of us visualized the theme. When our aim comes true, the show will make you happy for sure!

The image above is a part of my work for the show, titled "UPworld". I connected this UPside concept and my ongoing "Depicting Poems" project, and ended up drawing 2 zeppelins inspired by this old nursery rhyme:
“What is the news of the day,
Good neighbor, I pray?”
“They say the balloon
Is gone
up to the moon!”
It's a simple rhyme but very uplifting for me, and for you, too, hopefully! :)

and from today, I kind of decided to write articles in Japanese as well... when I feel like...

9月13日から11月7日まで、ロンドンのMedcalf というギャラリー付きレストランで "UPside" という展示をします。メンバーは、キャンバウェル大学院のイラスト、ブックアート、版画コースの面々。去年の卒業以来展示しようって言い続けてようやくその一部が実現しました。

テーマは"UPside of life" 、「楽しくなる理由」(私のこのド直訳もどうかと思うが…)。日常のひょんな出来事だったり、自分の好きな物だったり、もっと大きな目で「人を楽しくさせるもの」、だったりを描いて、自分も来る人も楽しませられるポジティブな展示をしようと、そんな考えです。
“What is the news of the day,
Good neighbor, I pray?”
“They say the balloon
Is gone
up to the moon!”



Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Where Angels Fear Contemporary

Now I belong to this online contemporary art gallery called "Where Angels Fear Contemporary". They are the newly established organization, and "committed to the promotion and selling of original affordable art by emerging artists" as it's said on their website. Please visit their website and have a look at my page, and of course, enjoy the other great artists there.

They also made each artist's youtube video which features their art works. Thanks a lot!!! Here is the link to mine.

OTOUTO US Tour Poster!

Here is the poster for the Australian music band OTOUTO, and their Final North American Tour 2010. I love their twinkle surreal sounds with childlike spirit, so what I imagine from their music are such as a shiny piece of glass bottle, toy box, blue minerals, mysterious living things in a grassland, planets and the outer space... And here it is.

These are mineral forming typography saying OTOUTO, and each letter has the key word I came up with by listening their new songs. From the top left, it is "Chewing Gum with a Finger Turtle", "Human-like Plants", "Fatty Mineral Man", "Moon Harp", "Mad Scientist", and "Embroidery on Minerals".

I made 2 versions as above, and the white one is now uploaded on their myspace. Listen to their lovely songs and become a fan! Good luck for the tour :)

Pen Pusher issue 16

Here is what I was doing since the last post. My illustrations are now published in the "Pen Pusher magazine Vol.16", where they gave me 6 pages to showcase my work. Pen Pusher magazine is the London based literary magazine where new born writers can raise their voice of pens, such as short fictions, poetries, columns and so on. They also have 1 artist featured in each issue, and this time, in the issue 16, that is me :)

Respecting to the concept of this magazine, I made a series of drawings inspired by one one poem, called "Eaka Neeka" by Walter De La Mare. I love this old nonsensical poem and tried to depict its insanity. The second illustration is the old couple, Mr.Neeka and Mrs.Lee, who possess the things either one doesn't have. For example, as it's written in the poem "Here is a door without a handle,", Mr.Neeka has a door without a handle, and Mrs.Lee has a handle without a door. This is why they are drawn like that.

The third illustration is the house they live. I thought, the house should be nonsense and unlivable because the residents themselves are incomprehensible.
These illustrations were actually short listed in the art competition featuring the Barbican Surreal House Exhibition. I'm one of those 10 runners up.

Pen Pusher is such a lovely magazine and I'm sure the lover of literature will enjoy its fresh collectives. You can find it in Foyles bookshop, Rough Trade CD shop in Brick Lane... and many other bookshops in London.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Finally it's done... the new illustration inspired by 2010 Iceland volcanic eruption (ages ago!). I wanted to draw the power of nature, unknown creatures and fossils hidden beneath the earth, infinite expansion of outer space (including our planet), and its whole chaos... bra bra bra...

My work always gets messed up with over work in the end, and my concern is if it's good or not, and if it's called 'Yuki's style' or 'un-matured disorder'...mmm. Maybe I'm gonna move on more simple stuff from now on.

Anyway, I'm glad I got the new characters such as the thundering ammonite, the Trilobite with primitive village on its back, and the nose drill scull rider. They will appear again somewhere in my work.

Sunday, 18 April 2010


I bought a big onion today.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Featured in Amelia's magazine blog :)

Thanks to Amelia and Amica at great Amelia's Magazine, my work was featured in their blog. Thank you so much, I love what she wrote in the article, I didn't realize my work had "Peyote like delirium inherent" in it. haha It means a lot to me because that's exactly what I want to represent through my work. (ah but, in case you doubt, please note that I'm not taking any 'real' cactus...)

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Submarine Dock Whale

Another quite big drawing I am gonna move on in parallel. An imaginary whale "Submarine Dock Whale". I'm looking forward to drawing those gems in his body. Let's see.

Some sketches I found in my notebook. Whatever...

Portraits of World Pioneers/ Newton

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

My work will be in jotta's show "SPRUNG"

Tomorrow is the private view of jotta's one month term illustration show where my work is one of those 12 participants. Although the submission of mine is the one some people already saw in MA graduation show in Camberwell... It will be still great :)
Go to their website, the thematic poem of the show is beautifully nonsense!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

2D flowers for Barcelona

Cards for my friends in Barcelona. If a new comer tourist Paul can remember well, they should be delivered by door to door service, thanks! Ah I really want to visit Spain...

The first card is for my illustrator friend who is a book worm, and the second one is for my dancer friend whose life is always in chaos :) I miss them a lot.

today, still emailing out my work to magazines... even if there won't be any outcome, I believe it's worth doing...
and I've got a thousand of my business cards delivered today, even if there won't be any chance to hand out all of them, I believe it's worth having... I feel stupid to have ordered that much, but it'll be useful when I run out of toilet paper...

Tuesday, 23 March 2010


The left half is the trashy vision which often comes up in my mind when I go to a tea shop. gross...

A little portrait of my friend Arina and her brother.

Ah... today started very well with lovely weather, and now it's 20% gray of photoshop colour...

Saturday, 20 March 2010


a sketch inspired by 'Elephant Gun' / Beirut

I remember, it was when me and my friend found nice wooden animal toys at a toy shop in Tokyo. We enjoyed placing animals on a shelf, then eventually ended up by locating a lovely chick whose bill was sticking to a horse's xxx... We felt sorry for the shop and children who were playing around the shop innocently, but forgot to replace them as they were... :P