Cover illustration for a magazine called “Metro Guide” being distributed thought metro stations in Tokyo from September 2017. Number of copies: around 1 000 000.
This edition is autumn themed so I tried to make my illustration fit the contents with the colors and atmosphere. I used the Jindaiji temple and the shops that surround it as an inspiration for the setting.
A series of ten watercolor illustrations portraying night Tokyo streets that I started painting in 2017. Painting in between other projects and commissions it took me more than a year to finish this project.
Instead of going for the obvious - cool looking, new built high rise offices I wanted to depict the night scenes of Tokyo that are not so widely seen - back streets, empty alleys, tall buildings and empty parking lots. Mostly brightly lit (even the sky is never just black) with no people, those places have a weird eerie atmosphere that I wanted to recreate.
We walk a lot with Kana - especially in the late evenings when it’s cooler and we finished the day’s work. I took a lot of reference photos of interesting night scenes when we were still living in Tokyo’s Waseda and used them to make this series of paintings.
This series follows a path from Kudanshita to Waseda through Kagurazaka.
Temple park in Nara (Starbucks mints watercolors set)
I made this picture in part for the purpose of testing a new, small watercolors set I made recently.
I wanted to make a really portable watercolors set that would fit in a small pocket of my bag for some time now. I didn’t need so many colors - just few should be fine for coloring simple sketches outside. I tried putting Schmincke watercolor half-pans into an empty Starbuck after-coffee mints tin can and voila! Six of them were a perfect fit!
To prevent the half-pans from moving around (even though they fit really snugly) and falling out from the box I used magnets and strong double-sided tape to stick them to the underside of each plastic pan.