Illustrator Fumi Koike on Japan and seasonal inspiration

Anything that Japan-based artist Fumi Koike starts to draw turns into something amazing. We had the chance to do a quick interview with her where she spoke about her making her illustrations feel cozy. Take a look at her portfolio [here] and you’ll know exactly what she means.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE SEASON IN JAPAN:

My favorite season in Japan is winter. The air becomes clear and the natural light looks beautiful. When the leaves of the street trees fall, I can look up at the night sky more widely. I love to look at the night sky when I’m on my way home. There are a lot of stars and they shine really bright. In the morning, when everyone still sleeping, the world seems very quiet and my breath is white and disappears quickly; it’s fun. I keep my home warm and comfortable. I’ll have delicious pot of coffee or hot cocoa. My bed always there to keep me warm. After the long winter, spring comes in with so many beautiful and vibrant colors.

DO THE SEASON INFLUENCE YOUR ARTWORK?:

In Japan, all seasons are characteristic. So I love seeing and feeling all them change. When I work, I keep this in mind. I put an invisible atmosphere of the signs of life, feeling and temperature into my work. I aim to draw pictures that make the audience feel a sense of coziness, something that touches their hearts. I want to keep my eye on the daily life and be obedient when I do so.

TELL US YOUR FAVORITE THING TO ILLUSTRATE:

My favorite things to illustrate are food, rooms and something homespun. I like to make them have a sign of life and look cozy because it’s simply enjoyable.

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