Jun (純), full name Jun Kumaori (くまおり純)
With an elegantly impressionistic style, Jun paints with the full life of the traditional paint medium they emulate as a digital painter. Their beautiful color palette is rich with color, often bringing in a full spectrum of hues in a refined manner throughout their various strokes of grass, sky, water, and shadow.
Jun’s dream-like, subtlety surreal scenes typically center on a young girl character — however, another hidden character appears in almost every single piece: The Mekarou (メカウロ). The tiny creature resembles a scaled teardrop-shape, and is often very difficult to find, but can most easily be seen within Jun’s icon (last image). The name Mekarou is derived from the Japanese saying 目から鱗が落ちる (translated literally as “to have scales fall from one’s eyes”), a phrase meaning “to see the light”.
*Originally featured artist #15
Colors crackling like rabid flames, cleanly-designed characters marching like senpai into the viewer’s eye, ﾏｵｽ’s work has a sharp, at-the-ready feel; poppy, at once high and low, absolutely cool.
“The beauty of the natural world, alongside the humorous and sinister nature of animals are current themes of my work. From scientific depictions of seeds, leaves and animals, to narrative scenes where rats, slugs, or plump-bodied chevrotain take centre stage, my work reflects both an interest in the reality of nature as well as my own imagined narrative scenarios. In the last couple of years, works have included: a written and illustrated children’s picture book, involving a slug called ‘Herb’; illustrations of British pond creatures for an educational pack; book jackets; another children’s picture book based on the text ‘In the Attic’; and paintings based on the sacred rats from the Indian Karni Mata temple.” (via Illustration by Lara Hawthorne)
Hajin Bae (a.k.a. Soulist-Aurora) is a an illustrator, graphic designer and art director, living and working in Seoul, Korea: “My illustrations have two styles: Day and Night. Day’s illustrations are mostly woman’s drawing, sharp and sophisticated. And Night’s illustrations are very quiet, using deep blue and lemon yellow to express the serene scenery of the night.” Please follow Hajin Bae’s Tumblr for more fantastic illustrations!
Yuta Onoda (Japan/Canada)
Changes. Mixed media on paper, 12” x 12”
Wish upon a Star. Mixed media on paper, 24” x 16”
Yuta Onoda, originally from Japan, is an illustrator / painter based in Toronto, Canada. He has been shaping his art aesthetic through various forms of media, finding new avenues to express himself. Many thanks to myampgoesto11 for introducing us Yuta Onoda on this Tumblr Monday: before the year ends, let’s make a wish upon a star and be open to changes :)