Katsuji Matsumoto was a Japanese illustrator and shojo manga artist. He started his career an as illustrator at the age of 17. He contributed illustrations to numerous popular girls’ novels and magazines. He became one of the most influential Japanese illustrator in the early and mid 20th century and was named a pioneer of kawaii, the culture of cuteness in Japan. He was a prolific illustrator of children’s books and created merchandise for babies, small children, and girls. The Gallery Katsuji Matsumoto in Tokyo is managed by his surviving children. There you can see many originals as well as prints and products from pre- and post-WWII era.
Images: Courtesy of various sources.
Paul Sirand is a French Illustrator and creative director. In 2013, he co-founded Le Fruit Studio with Gaspard Silvestre. Based in Paris, he’s inspired by his dogs and nature, and the tailored, well thought out look of uniforms. This Parisian illustrator presents himself as an amateur “of games of shadows and luminous atmospheres” that he tries “to transcribe with fairly simple palettes” . “I try to tell an open story, which anyone can interpret by observing the image. The idea is above all to project people into an atmosphere and a universe”.
The artist can be followed on his website, Dribble and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Paul Sirand.
On November 21, 2018 we posted a botanical calendar created by Japanese painter Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi. We are revisiting this artist posting his enchanting utopian paintings of fishing bears, rowing deers and a few chimeric humans. The artist lives and works in Kanazawa, Japan, studied at Kanazawa College of Art and began working in 2012.
You can view more of his work on his website, Behance, Facebook and Instagram. A few of his paintings can be purchased here in his Etsy shop.
Images: Courtesy of Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi.