An Interview with Illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi

Tatsuro Kiuchi is one of my favourite illustrators when it comes to simplicity in digital design. Although his work appears to be composed using traditional methods like screen printing, the bulk of the work is done using digital means. This doesn’t affect the hand-made feel of his work and the textures he brings out in each piece.

Interestingly, Tatsuro was a biology graduate in Tokyo, before turning to design through another course, based in Pasadena, California and now lives in Tokyo.

He has answered a few questions on his work process.

Tatsuro Kiuchi on Ape on the Moon

How do you plan an illustration once you receive a brief?

I think my procedure is quite standard.

1. I think about ideas in my head first.

2. Then when I have some images in my head (these can be somewhat obscure), I do thumbnail sketches or doodles in my sketchpad. With this process, I am making images less obscure, and try coming up with clearer visuals.

3. After that, I do color sketches of a couple of compositions I like. I draw and paint directly on screen with a pen tablet. I try to find some reference images, and occasionally take pictures at this stage. Usually, I send these color sketches to art directors.

4. Finish the piece.
Tatsuro Kiuchi on Ape on the Moon

What are the materials and tools that you use to create the work in your style?

Photoshop (Brush tools and eraser tools mainly), Wacom tablet, some scanned and stocked textures.

Tatsuro Kiuchi on Ape on the Moon

Tatsuro Kiuchi on Ape on the Moon

The culture of which country do you think influences your art the most?

Japan the most, USA next.
Tatsuro Kiuchi on Ape on the Moon

ⓒ Tatsuro Kiuchi, 2009

What are you working on at the moment?

I am working on my comic series “The Earthling”. I am regularly contributing to a quarterly magazine where they run 4 new episodes of “The Earthling” each issue.

Thanks Tatsuro and good luck!

MoonApe

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13 Comments

  1. Great collection here… Tatsuro’s work is always such a treat for the eyes! And he goes about it in such a refreshing unassuming manner as evidenced by this interview…yes, a sign of true talent. :~)

  2. Rich of texture,vintage colour look but in the same time really refreshing.Great work !!

  3. I love the rough quality of the drawing, simple yet effective.
    Did he attend Art Center in Pasadena?

  4. Great works !
    He is one of my favourite illustrators.

    Thanks for this interview.

  5. Nice! It looks like there are a lot of “happy accidents” but I wonder if that’s even true…?

  6. Tatsuro Kiuchi is such an incredible artist!

  7. really love the first piece and the style and use of colour. thanks for the interview 🙂
    belinda

  8. Yes, glad you all agree that his style is beautiful. Elizabeth, he did attend Art Center.
    MoonApe

  9. Gorgerous, feels like woodcut work – or at least sponge.

  10. You are welcome in Paris, Tatsuro !

  11. Wonderful! I love the snow angels, and the tube illo. Thanks for sharing it!

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