Fantastic Japanese artists found via Twitter


Normally I’d say Twitter is cesspool of opinionated buffoons proselytising for a variety of questionable causes. Thankfully there’s other stuff on Twitter especially art.

Twitter can be a good place to discover art and artists as there’s just so many of them. Indeed my Twitter feed is literally just artists and tech guys. Even as I crack off a bit of research for this article I’ve found a good two or three more.

Japan is full of really classy artists, indeed they’re so numerous sadly. I say sadly because it’s literally impossible to ever behold all of their art because there are so many. It’s like the universe in that we can only see what is in the observable universe, the rest past the boundary unreachable forever.

The quality of this art and the amount of people making it is a testament to the work ethic of the Japanese.

If you follow any Japanese artists you’ll inevitably be sucked into the bottomless pit of further freelance Japanese artists, this aside from the usual manga artists who are serialized, these artists just produce stand alone art for the most part which they sell or display in galleries or in art books. I can’t honestly believe most of them could find enough work to make a living, maybe I’m wrong but it looks like a super saturated market to me.

They use all sorts of media, alcohol markers, watercolours, acrylics, pencils, CG, you name it they do it.

The problem is of course if everyone’s special then nobody is, how does one stand out in such a saturated market, how do the make a living, do they even manage at all?

I would imagine that it’s difficult, having some particular quality that stands out like a style, a thing for particular details and themes, maybe something it’s hard to put a finger on. Look at the eyes, frequently artists use different stylisation of characters eyes to distinguish the artwork.

Here’s a few I think are awesome that I’ve deliberated over in the last week I’ve been cooking up this article they are in no particular order:

@RR13aL (Rin Momo?)

I love this persons artwork, cute characters and slick marker work, I just love the eyes though. The work just oozes quality.

@Minami_Kawa_

More marker goodness and sometimes some CG, her characters are often quite cheery and sunny sometimes have animal traits.

@_yukoring

Really classy watercolours, super sharp you’d be forgiven for confusing it with markers. This artist also has a Youtube channel where she shows off her process a bit. Really nice to see.

Yukoring on Youtube

Eku Uekura

She does some fantastic CG pieces often featuring culinary themes particularly sweets leading me to nick name her Sugary Eku.

Eku's official website

@Yachi_waki

More slick markers, I loved their use of glittery gold markers and the level of detail throughout the works.

@Yufushi

Super high quality watercolours and mature look that sets it apart from others.

@Yuzu_Mog

Every artist finds a way to stand out and Yuzu Mog is no exception with some really smooth CG artwork with minimalistic shading and cute character designs.

@fffuyuko

It’s kind of pixel art (she does do this as well), with a limited pallet that reminds me of old CGA and EGA graphics on PC’s back in the day. It’s quite different from the usual stuff but I liked it the first time I laid eyes on it.

@kurotarut (kuroneko)

Watercolours with very watercoloury quality, the compositions are quite pleasant it’s a nice style. The artist seems to have a thing for cats and they feature quite often in the work.

There are of course many many more artists out there far too many to possibly list, visit any one of these artists Twitter accounts and they’ll retweet the work of many more artists. There are so many you’ll probably never be able to see them all and this is just in Japan.

Of course another question for the future would be does all the extra awareness generated by being online and having all these accounts with all these various privacy invasive platforms actually benefit the artists, does it for example result in increased revenue through sales and commissions?

This is of course open to debate, and some would argue it does, but I think not. In Japan this may be different as their market for such things is bigger to begin with. I’ve considered making purchases from artists before however when I have made such purchases I’ve been slammed by import duty usually resulting in paying twice for the privilege. It doesn’t encourage me to buy more. Digital art however is a different thing.

I wish them all the best of luck with their work in the future.




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