Category Archives: Japan

Yusei Nagashima

Okinawa-based artist Yusei Nagashima has been fascinated by fish since he was a child and every Friday for the last three years he has posted a beautiful renderings of aquatic creatures on his blog. His water color illustrations are not only detailed but shows his fascination of their expressions, colors, and their motions through the water. An interview on Gestalten blog gives us his view on nature and his painting technique:

“There are no clear boundaries between our lives and nature. Even big cities exist entirely within nature. Though we live in it, we cannot see it. Living inside of nature isn’t just touching it when we have a moment, nor protecting it carefully. Rather, we must push back against nature sometimes, and sometimes we must care for its fragility. We must think about our position as hums in nature and we should live alongside nature. I think fish and fishing reveal such relationship.”

“I use the same techniques to paint any fish. First, I look at its parts carefully and deconstruct its colors based on my color palette. Next, I paint each color using a wet-on-dry method. By overlapping the deconstructed colors, the final palette emerges. What I keep in mind is not to be consumed by reproducing the object as it is in front of me, but to express it exactly as it felt in my mind.”

You can see more of his incredible work on his website, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Yusei Nagashima.

Atelier Mori

We know very little about this artisan but we do know that he creates traditional silk embroideries on kimonos and that he is also an embroidery writer and teacher. His web sites are labeled under the name, Atelier Mori and this modern stitching series is called ‘crossing’.

You can see more of his work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Atelier Mori.

Takashi Nakamura

Admiring the incredible work of Japanese artist Takashi Nakamura. The freelance illustrator graduated from the Design Academy of Omiya and is currently residing in Saitama prefecture, part of the Greater Tokyo Area. He depicts scenes and details of ordinary life in a style influenced by reading manga, hence the precise line work and light applications of color. The illustrations are all handmade starting with a faint draft and then patiently painting textures and colors with gel ink pens.

You can see follow the artist on his his website and on Tumblr.

Images: Courtesy of Takashi Nakamura.