Hiroshi Yoshida


Thanks to this tweet by illustrator Kevin Hong, I’ve fallen in love with the work of 20th century painter Hiroshi Yoshida. Just take a moment to take in the beautiful pieces in this Google image search result.

Art Magazines Web

The Tokyoiter


The Tokyoiter is a fictional tribute to the great covers of The New Yorker, done as a project to celebrate the love illustrators have for the city of Tokyo. It was started by a couple of friends of mine, Andrew Joyce and David Robert, along with Tatsushi Eto. A new cover is shared on the site every Sunday, and you can watch this PechaKucha presentation to hear Andrew and David talk about the project. The cover in this post is by Tilly (aka Running for Crayons).


Art Design Magazines

Ryo Takemasa


I’m rather fond of the illustrative work of Ryo Takemasa, whose work you’ll often find on the covers of Japanese magazine titles. Take the time to take in his portfolio, both on his personal site and on his Behance page.

Architecture Art Events

Tomoyuki Tanaka


I can’t believe it. The image you see here (of Shibuya station, from this Architizer post) was drawn first by pencil, and then pen, by Tomoyuki Tanaka. He has created these massive and insanely detailed works for various stations, and they’re currently on show at the “Doboku Civil Engineering” exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight.

Art Events



Even though I’m no longer in Tokyo running my PauseTalk events, it warms my heart to see that its offshoot, PauseDraw, is still going strong. Unlike PauseTalk where talking’s the thing, the sister series is all about getting a group of people together to draw, draw, and then draw some more. Originally started by Luis Mendo (with a first edition in Amsterdam), he was then joined by Adrian Hogan once the series moved to Tokyo (along with Luis), and they’ve been going non-stop ever since. You can stay updated on upcoming PauseDraw events through its Facebook page and Twitter account — the next one takes place Sunday, September 11, 2016 (each edition usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month).

Anime Art Design

Neo Tokyo 2020


When it was announced that the Olympics were going to be held in Tokyo in 2020, it didn’t take long for references to Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira to pop up, considering that’s exactly what was predicted to happen in the series (published in the 80s). Here’s a beautiful graphic treatment by Javier González Delgado, inspired by Akira. I’d wear that as a tee.

Art Events

SOLO (3 Years of Drawer)


My great friend Luis Mendo is 3 years a “drawer” — the terms he prefers to use to describe his work as an illustrator — and he’s marking the occasion with his very first solo exhibition next month at Sorama (September 3-11, 2016).

Luis has of course been drawing all his life, but it was around the time that he first visited Tokyo — which led to a permanent move — that he started seeing a future where he followed his dream of making a living through his pens and pencils, leaving behind the career he had as an art director and graphic designer (although I’m sure he’s still producing the occasional brilliant piece of design work). I’m so happy to see Luis reach this point in his dream career, and the only thing that makes me sad is that I can’t be there at the opening to celebrate with him.

Art Design

Ryuto Miyake

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I quite like the work of Ryuto Miyake, which I came across through this post on the It’s Nice That blog. He’s got a great sense of design as well, and I love the scrolling page of illustrations on his personal site (click on “Illustration” at the top).

Art Cafes Meta

Cafe Pause Poster Series 05

I announced it a month back, and now the fifth edition of the “Cafe Pause Poster Series” is finally up at the entrance of the cafe. Again, huge thanks to Luis for doing this — it’s a great way to kick off 2010 at Cafe Pause! You can better see the poster here, as well as an explanation of the concept behind it.

Art Cycling

Fixie Girl

Tim Rudder took the afternoon to draw a girl on a fixed gear bike, and walks us through the process.