* Egg or …

2014/09/17 | Filed under Art | Tags .

It is far from easter, but I have been drawing this with delight. This is  ordered by one of my client, as a gift to an ‘IVH’ clinic for their 20th year anniversary .

IVH is fertility treatment, and my client gave me his request to feature the ‘egg’.

So I tried to draw baby bunnies sleeping in a safe underground nest, hoping it looks like in a way in a womb, and the all the wild flowers around are guarding the baby bunnies ,making a shape of egg…

Actually I have started with another piece in which the surrounding wildflowers were more real, but abandoned it, then get to this picture. it was beyond my first aim, totally out of my imagination but my hands just made it.

Drawing is so fun!


* Adventure of Dook-Doo, Little Squirrel

2014/08/26 | Filed under Book | Tags .

The beautiful book in Russian. I’ve got it once last year via an agency who are dealing with the books written in Russian (basically for researchers), and just a few weeks ago, could get another copy for LINNET shop.

This is the reproduction of the book released in 1970s. The artist (Viktor Pivovalov) of this beautiful works seems to be one of the famous conceptual artist in that age in Russia.

The story is also lovely and beautiful. Dook-doo is a name of the little squirrel boy, who is shy and coward, but he faced to get into massive(for him) adventure, and he’s got more confident boy at last.

Russia is always in controversy here in Japan, almost always in conflict but also it is our next country.

Being given ‘Russian Tale’ book in my childhood, which I liked so much and read many dozens of times, I have a kind of close feeling toward its original culture.

I feel some ‘crystal clear’ nature friendly mentality from Dook-Doo story, which can be produced by the people live confronting huge natural environment.


* Desk Calendar

2014/08/10 | Filed under Art, animals | Tags .

The new desk calendar with my illustration for 2015 has been released!!

Being titled ‘Animals in the Forest”, 12 wild animals are featured in every months.

Well…This type of design was completely new for me, and yes, I enjoyed the work so much.

Actually, construction design was done by Satoshi Maeda, my husband and ex-architect.

His idea was to make it simple enough to avoid the complicated process to construct it by the users. So it is designed to be just folded in its distribution, and the users only have to pull the front frame facing and just a bit to secure by enforcing the folded lines to make it stand up.

The publishing company of this calendar offered to collaborate with Satoshi, it was completely out of my idea at the beginning, but it appeared to be a nice idea, as we could discuss anytime at home for the design.

I feel most happy every time I get the final product that I have been working for.

Thanks so much for all the people’s honest efforts involved in this project!!


* Did the big-bang happen?

2014/02/09 | Filed under universe | Tags .

From my childhood, I was fond of  reading about universe. Now as a picturebook writer, I have an ambition to make a picture book about universe… which is still just my personal dream.

I would like to make the book as the crossover of science and history… so I am thinking to show the oldest mythes about the universe and the latest theory. But the science is progressing always, and the newest theory is always having a possibility to be revised.

At the very end of the last January, I was given to know ,by the internet news ,that Dr Stephen Hawking announced there may be no black holes in universe, in the meaning we recognized until now, and theoretical physicists in all over the world are seriously shocked.

I am not very sure about the details because of lack of my comprehension, but Dr Hawking says there are only ‘grey holes’ and the famous ‘ event horizen’(if matters go over this horizen, nothing can come back, because of too heavy gravity) does not appear to exist…

Yes it is shocking off course. Because, as a fan of astrophysics, I have long been reading quite a lot books saying about the big-bang , black holes  and so on.

However, does the ‘grey hole’ make sense really???

I was also given to know the growing numbers of astro physicists are doubting the big-bang theory. And I came across the idea about ‘plasma universe’  which is a candidate to be an alternative, if the big-bang theory collapsed.

I myself tend to love ‘thinking’ all the time, so those pure theories developed these days for universe was very impressive, such as super strings and holographic universe, the theories derived from the big-bang model.

Holographic universe was most of my favorite.The theory mainly led by Dr Susskind in US,is telling that the every information for our reality is stored in 2 dimentional black hole surface, over the ‘event horizen’ , and we are just a holographic image of that 2 dimentional reality. It means we are not real! Myself, my husband, my friends, cats, works, the spider-web in my garden, the singing bird, everything is not real.

It is a terrifying story but also in a way beautiful like a horror literature. But at the same time, I have started doubting those whole system of the theories we were told, because, the holographic universe seemed to me ‘going too far’ as science. (meanwhile, the super strings is more likely for me, as everything in the natural world seems to be concerning with the wave function.)

If the blackhole does not exist, holographic universe also does not  exist. And it can affect all the fondamental of modern astrophysic’s ’standard model’ which we have long since believed.

But this is not the first time to have the objection against the standard model- the big bang. For example, after 2000s,  Some galaxies are being found,  of which age is to be estimated rather longer than the age of the universe itself estimated by the big bang theory.

I can not find my way of solution toward this question, so meanwhile my idea about the picture book about universe for children is now pending.


* Recent works 2

2014/02/09 | Filed under Art | Tags .


↑Golf players



* Recent works…

2014/02/05 | Filed under Art | Tags .

I have a friend, who was my junior-high classmate. She is so keen about chinese astrology.(She has her family origin in Taiwan, maybe that is the reason). She is a pharmacist, and scientifically intelligent, but also have an excellent intuition,  in a kind of super-natural way, i.e. She recognised her husband’s cancer in the very first stage in her dreaming…She is my ‘Sherman’, too.

At the very end of the last year, she told me that 2014 will be a very nice year for me. And her prophesy is already seeming to become true. Because I am so much enjoying to work for illustrations just from the very beginning of this year.

These are still the dummy works for 2015 calendar design, but it arose me quite a pure happiness to work, just fun to draw and paint, which we tend to lose in working as a professional.

This primitive happiness in art-work making is most valuable and precious, than the other goodness ever, such as the successful achievement as a business and so on.

↓Girls from Bretagne


↓Nicola Tesla, from ‘Great Scientists’


As you might see, those series of works can be divided into 2 categories: 1 is for animals basically in their natural appearance. 2 is the dressed animals in human world activity. I myself cannot decide which way would be nice for the calendar. We will have a talk with our publisher after 10 days, then i hope the decision will be out.

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* flax family

2013/11/23 | Filed under Art | Tags .

illustrated flax family, worked for the 2014 calendar of Teikoku Sen-i Co., LTD.  which is an oldest linen manufacturer in Japan. (the word sen-i means ‘fiber’ in Japanese)


* in 2 colors

2013/08/01 | Filed under Art | Tags .

This is the work I do monthly,  the cover art&text on ‘Tsubame no Ouchi’ (means: Sparrow’s House), which is the annex leaflet  for picture books published by Froebel-Kan Co.,Ltd.

This July issue is offering a simple recipes to make a herb tea jelly, with camomile or mint.

It is to be printed in 2 colours, but unfortunately I am not very good at working for pictures in 2 colours…  Well, actually I can draw it in black and the other colour off course, though incapable by my daily use materials-watercolours with colour pencils.

At first I tried several ways to maintain my aiming quality with softness, but finally I found it better to work with my usual materials for full colour art works, then to ask my art director to ‘divide’ the colour to print it using just 2 colour inks.

And it worked very successfully!

I am so delighted about the results, as those printed images come out in excellent quality far more than I expected. Additionally, it seems getting nicer and nicer month by month.(You can see the above image is printed just in 2 colours- blue and orange.)

Encouraged by this experience, I am now thinking that it might be nice to make a picture book in 2 colour printings.

The excellent teamwork made me awakened to get the new idea, which I have never thought of before.


* garden

2013/07/14 | Filed under Art | Tags .


* in the forest

2013/06/21 | Filed under uncategorized | Tags .