Illustration Teardowns: Japanese Illustrators
From medieval scrolls to woodblock prints to modern Manga, Japanese illustration has always taken the viewer to whimsical and magical places…
First off, I need to disclaimer this post by stating that I am not from Japan, so this list is certainly not meant to be comprehensive but more a subset of Japanese illustrators that happen to speak to my own aesthetic taste. For brevity, I’ll defer to A Brief History of Japanese Illustration for a historical overview of Japanese illustration. Also, see Google Art and Culture’s Ukiyo-e section to see some amazing historical woodblock works.
More effort was put in to curation then commentary this time around since I kept finding amazing illustrators to add. As usual, click through to visit artist’s page!
While I’m drawn to the his more scenic work, I feel I should also mention that Hiroyuki Izutsu has some amazing portrait work as well.
Japan offers so many amazing contemporary illustrators—and these were just a subset—I’d also encourage you to search for Manga, Ukiyo-e, and Japanese woodblock prints, as well as play around on Google Arts and Culture to learn more about the rich history of Japanese illustration.
Rob Levin does technical things by day and illustration by night. You can view his blog at https://developtodesign.com and illustration at: https://www.behance.net/roblevin. Also, you may like to read more of the illustration teardowns articles.