Born in 1981, lives in Okayama. Started working as an illustrator while she was in a college. Mainly in Okayama area, she achieved her illustration carrier like designing CD sleeves, flyers, cut illustrations for magazines, and postcard designs. She likes to draw cute and slim girl dressed in traditional Japanese Kimono clothes as well as anything shiny or floral. Her detailed illustration are highly original, and stands out amongst many “cute” illustrations.
This week in the Crackpot Calendar: Hiroshi Yoshii
"Mr. Yoshii is one of the most acclaimed digital artists in Japan. He is a pioneer in the use of Corel Painter to make digital images in the Japanese illustration world. He freelanced as an illustrator and created various characters for major TV programs, commercials, corporate websites, campaign and events. Yoshii specializes in crystallizing characters for his clients’ needs with little direction. “My three dimensional characters are created by a harmonious combination of beauty, ludicrousness, and comicality. I love making my virtual figures/characters from a scratch and developing them with strong appearances. I am interested in making 3D animation and vinyl figure/toys in near future.” Member of The Society of Publishing Arts (Japan) and Digital Image (Japan)."
Vee Speers' most recent work is The Birthday Party, a collection of portraits of children inspired by her daughter's birthday party. Having observed children playing at being adults, Speers imagined what characters they would create if they pushed their role-playing to imaginative extremes. In these photographs she has stripped away the idealistic stereotypes of childhood to question the adult idealisation of the ‘happiest days of our lives’. Revealing the duplicity of children, she captures them happy to experiment with imperfection and embrace the grotesque. Rather than smiling for their birthday photograph, children in these images explore a sense of danger and disregard for common social expectations.
For this project Speers has experimented with combining traditional and digital techniques, shooting on 5 x 4" black & white polaroid film and in post-production adding subtle colour before making prints using the Ilfochrome process. Characteristics of these prints are high colour saturation, deep blacks and brilliant whites with optimum gradation from the brightest highlights to the deepest shadows. The resulting visuals appear neither black and white nor colour.
For the past fifteen years Vee Speers has been based in Paris, working in fashion, photojournalism and fine art photography. She lives in the infamous red-light district of the rue St. Denis, an area that forms the backdrop for her Bordello series. Deriving her inspiration from the fin-de-siècle decadence of her surroundings, Vee photographs from an idealistic and romantic view but also engages the viewer in more than purely a narcissistic wander through the mind’s desires, creating “a visual celebration of the mystery of seduction.” Shooting in real bordellos and interpreting historical references simultaneously, she aims to use the idea as a juxtaposition “between genuine emotion and something more staged… a shift between the real and the surreal.”
I'm waiting for more. If you see some, please submit it.
[other delegates are welcome, if there's any dedicated murals for them]
Pupu Sulaiman's world is based on fairy tales. Her illustrations suit into children's books and into galleries for all sorts of adults. Guess what...she is a Communication and Computer System Engineering graduate from Brunei. So I became curious and asked her about art and life.
Illustrativo: Seeing your work - most of the times you draw cute kids and girls. Is this because of your childhood or because you like children?
Pupu Sulaiman: Oh I love children! Especially their imagination – unexpected! They are my inspiration.
Also the flower and bird motifs - are they connected to a traditional background or something else?
The flowers: I love them and it makes my illustration lively and happy. The birds: They are unique being I feel. One that flies freely and can act as a protector.
And sometimes it's very childish - in a good way i mean - what's the reason?
The reason is I love children and fairy tale story. The birds are flying freely and sing which makes you smile whenever one is sad. The flowers bloom beautifully, sing and spread out sweet fragrance that comforts us by just being around them. My illustration is showing that fairy tale touch whom all kids love to see. My audience is to those who are young at heart.
How did you become an illustrator? What's your educational background?
It started off when I started doodling from a young age. I doodled on my school books, newspapers, my father's notebooks, on my school desk, on tissue papers, on my bedroom wall and even on the living room wall. Up until I graduated in Communication and Computer System Engineering, I found a website that I felt was interesting. They used Photoshop to visualize their ideas. So I started to learn how to use Photoshop. I learnt how to design websites, HTML and CSS codes which lead to me making my first website! I also learnt on how to create my own wallpaper. My desire and ambition grew and felt it was not enough learning all of these. So I kept working and came across another website where the artists used traditional painting, collage, mixed-media and implement them with Photoshop. It was very interesting!
What music do you listen to while working?
I mostly listen to soothing songs such as Soul & Blues
What are you trying to express/explain with your art?
My art is a reminder of each one of us has a kid inside of us...a child that still believes in fairy tale; loves happy ending and where the fairy tale world is better than the cruel world we live in.
What are your favourite topics?
What excites you?
That would be people smiling and appreciating my artwork. Praises and other comments of my work gets me going and makes me want to go further and achieve greater things.
Could you tell us something about your work process?
I draw out my ideas into my Moleskine book using black micro pen 0.4, 0.5 and a black pen. I’ll add all the details. Then I scanned it and tweak a little bit in the Photoshop. Photoshop is the best! I can add any little details I want or erased any unwanted things. Most of the time, I’ll go straight ahead to Illustrator CS and start illustrating using my tablet.
Which part of the work is the most interesting?
The most interesting part would be adding details to the illustration I made, such as on my cute little girls dress.
What do you enjoy mostly?
Well, at the moment I enjoy creating my fairy tale world and kokeshi dolls
How would you explain your work to a stranger?
In my opinion, a young female (girl) has their own mysteries, one that is easy to express their emotional side or feeling and as you said, childish... but in a good way! And that is why a girl is one of the elements in my artwork. The added details? They are up to you to interpret. Different people have different interpretation of what they are seeing. But for me, the added detail expresses what's in her mind – her feelings and emotions.
What is your dream work or project that you have not yet opportunity to make?
I dream of making a children's story book based on fairy tales that I illustrate. To collaborate ideas and work with other artist would be great as well and I hope to be able to paint kokeshi dolls..
What are your lifetime art goals?
First, I want to have my artworks displayed in galleries, and to be recognized as the up'n coming new talent in the illustration world. Spread my talent with me opening a school of art not only for the gifted, for all.
How do you typically spend your time when you don't work?
I spend my time in my room – doodling on my moleskine, photoshop-ing, working on my next painting. I go to art class every Saturday learning acrylics painting. I hang out with my girlfriends.
Who are your favorite artists?
May Ann Lucidine (Mall) from Philippines – her Babu and cat characters is awesome (Acrylic painting pro), Emila Yusof (from Malaysia) – she is good in illustrator CS, Irisz Agocs (from Hungary) – I love the way she use watercolor onto her artwork.
Who inspires/influences you?
The people around me: the children mostly.
Where can we find/see your works?
You can check at my website: http://bubbly-pu.com
At Deviantart: http://fille-bizarre.deviantart.com
My wallpaper at: http://sakatodesign.blogspot.com
Moleskine project: http://moleskineproject.com
Illustration Friday: http://illustrationfriday.com
What are you working on recently?
I’ve been making illustration fairy kokeshi dolls recently, and it’s been quite an addiction since last month. I even entered a contest creating Momiji Dolls at DontPanicOnline.com and adding to that, I'm currently thinking of my next illustrations for 16th Noma Concours for Picture Illustration Book contest.
Jonathan Wong has been doing traditional work since he can remember but only over the past two years, has he discovered the wonders of digital art. He started small and worked his way up to larger work at a very quick rate. As the time moved on, his skill increased and increased. His eagerness and enthusiasm for art shines through in everything he does.
Then in late 2006, he joined the artgroup Konvulse, quickly followed by Evoke One and slowly began to build his reputation in the digital art world. He continues to create digital and traditional work and hopes to attend art college when he finishes Secondary school.
In April of 2007, Jonathan got accepted into the internationally renowed artgroup DepthCORE which further illustrates his quick development and passion.