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OkamuraYuta

October 2018

Creating illustrations for Tokyo's handbook for disaster prevention, OkamuraYuta knows his way around conveying a clear message through simple illustration! We're loving the character he brings to life not only through the simple illustrations he creates but also the highly complex detailed ink work he creates as well—go check it out!

Where did you study and what were some of your first jobs?

I studied graphic design at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. At that time I was particularly influenced by the handwritten signs of the city, graffiti, pictures of the books. The visual of "festival-tokyo 2013" was impressive in my first illustration work. I made an illustration sketched by staying in the city called Ikebukuro in Tokyo.

Give us the elevator pitch on what you do.

I draw a wide range from precision paintings to simple illustrations with a single brush.

What are your three must-read design books/blogs/podcasts and why?

Midori Hirota

Mieno Ryu

WHOLE9

They are my friends from college days and they are doing very exciting activities.

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I adore various styles because it is boring to stick only to "simple style". Because anyways I like to draw.

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Any passion projects/collabs you would like to share?

"Tokyo Bousai". This is a handbook for disaster prevention distributed by Tokyo to all households in Tokyo. Illustrated a lot of knowledge on disasters and disaster prevention.

How did you develop your style as an illustrator and what tips would you have for others?

I developed an illustration style that accurately expresses what I want to convey. I adore various styles because it is boring to stick only to "simple style". Because anyways I like to draw.

What advice would you give students starting out?

Please produce a lot. And I think that there is a wonderful encounter if you keep sending out outside.

Website: okamurayuta.com

Instagram: @okamurayuta

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