There is some spectacular work coming from Canadian-based, Japanese illustrator Yuta Onoda. He is a recent graduate of Sheridan College, Canada, with a Bachelor of Applied Arts.
What I particularly like in his work is its dynamism: the movement and flow that emanates from each piece with a delicate attention to each pencil stroke. I asked him a few questions for those of you wishing greater enlightenment into his work.
What is the work process and tools used in most of your illustrations these days?
For the work process, I do a lot of research about the theme first. I write down or save the useful information before starting on the sketching and making some ideas into images. Then I start working on the final digitally.
I don’t like to create everything from a computer. I always combine traditional medium with it. I use a lot of graphite, inks, and acrylics for my illustrations.
What is inspiring you the most today?
There are so many amazing artists out there and they are all inspiring. I don’t know where I get inspired exactly but I love observing and researching things that I am interested in.
How do you market your work?
It’s obvious but promos, including sending out postcards and emailing. It’s not cheap but it’s the best way to introduce your work out there.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently working on a poster illustration for imagineNATIVE. It is an international film festival in Toronto and celebrates the latest works by indigenous people on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media.
This year will be their 10th anniversary and I feel very fortunate to be part of this festival.
Best of luck with that, Yuta!
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