Thursday, September 30, 2010

Illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi: Bear Hug

Bear Hug, originally uploaded by Tatsuro Kiuchi.

I was browsing at some photos on tumblr and stumbled upon an intriguing artpiece by a Japanese illustrator, Tatsuro Kiuchi. Clicks away took me to a funky Italian design website, DesignAside. His artwork are impressively distinctive and inspiring. I also fell in love with the little animation film he made too e.g the clip above.


Tatsuro Kiuchi was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1966. Originally a graduate in Biology at International Christian University in Tokyo, He made the change to an art career after graduating with distinction from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He started illustrating mostly children's books with several publishers in the US and Japan and eventually branched out into editorial work in magazines and the illustration of book jackets and advertising commissions. His first picture book "The Lotus Seed" (text by Sherry Garland / Harcourt Brace & Company) has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide, and has been commissioned by such clients as Royal Mail to do Christmas Stamp Collection in 2006, and Starbucks for Worldwide Holiday Promotion "Pass the Cheer" in 2007.
He now lives in Tokyo Japan.


American Illustration, Communication Arts Illustration Annual, Society of Illustrators, 3x3 Professional Show (Bronze Medals), Publishing Award for illustration from Kodansha, Bologna International Children’s Book Art Annual, Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles (Bronze Medals), Art Directors Club Annual, Tokyo Illustrators Society (Bronze Medals)


American Airlines, The Boston Globe, Continental Airlines, Farrar Straus & Giroux, Fortune, Good Housekeeping, The Guardian, Harcourt Brace & Company, Japan Airlines, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Royal Mail, Simon & Schuster, Sony Music Entertainment, Starbucks, Suntory, Travel & Leisure, United Airlines, The Washington Post, Wieden+Kennedy, NHK - Flickr profile

(wow, he has tumblr too! awesome!) on the sunny side of the sunny side up (Tumblr)
Do visit his Flickr for more of his artwork! Worth browsing! :)

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