Pencil Characters and Floral Environments by Edith Kurosaka

The benefits of finding yourself in fresh and exciting surroundings for artistic inspiration are something with which Edith Kurosaka is familiar. Edith has taken relocation as an opportunity to fuel a new drive in her work and feed her creativity.

Maybe it is no wonder in that case that her delicately drawn characters often find themselves framed by outcrops of bountiful flora, rendered in tactile pencil textures. The importance of surroundings seems to have seeped into her work like a supporting character to accompany her illustrated ladies.

Edith goes into more detail about the tools she uses to create her illustrations as well as a bit more about her background in the art industry and how she found herself in her current city.

“Hi, my name is Edith and I’m a freelance illustrator. At the start of 2018, I got the chance to quit my day job as a junior art director in a Parisian startup to focus on my freelancing career.”

“I packed my things and moved to Berlin to spark a new wave of inspiration and motivation.”

“I started as a more traditional artist, drawing and painting on paper but I quickly fell in love with all the possibilities that digital illustration offers.”

“I work in Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq but I recently got an iPad Pro to be able to work from wherever I want using Procreate.”

“I like to keep a pencil feel to my digital illustrations and spend some good hours looking for nice looking pencil brushes.”

“I also try to experiment with small animations to create illustrations that look full of life. I’m mostly using Photoshop to animate but I’m working my way up to AfterEffects.”

“My illustrations are mostly filled with colourful and flat shapes and a good amount of plants.”

All images © Edith Kurosaka

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