Category: JAPAN


Kiyohiko Azuma is a manga artist perhaps best known for his series Yotsuba&! about the naïve 5-year old Yotsuba who humorously stumbles her way through life. Stylistically, Yotsuba is always drawn more cartoonishly while her surroundings take on a different, more realistic look. And the astounding level of detail that can go in to some of Azuma’s backgrounds can render them as standalone works of art.

In a 2014 interview, Azuma talks about realism vs cartoonish characters saying that “I lean toward realism, but at the same time, it’s not like I’m trying to make things actually realistic – what I’m going for is more like having a somewhat strange character within a realistic world. Now, that’s pretty standard in manga, but what I’m aiming for is to strike the right balance of being ‘somewhat’ strange – not too out there, but not too normal, either.”

They’re typically nondescript locations that are quiet and devoid of people (except for the occasional appearance of Yotsuba) but they feel normal and familiar, even nostalgic at times. If you’ve ever been to Japan surely you’ve encountered any number of these scenes.

For more About Azuma’s sketches of urban landscapes can be found over on this Tumblr and also on DesignStack.

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7cf563b4f4f9ebb9a6862cf56de0abe2Accessorize your tableware collection with the adorable Ceramic Whale Pitcher.

The cute, happy face on the pitcher is sure to bring a smile to yours.

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This darling creature is equally at home serving beverages to guests or helping to tend your indoor herb garden.

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A welcome addition to any backyard barbeque, he will add a functional and decorative seaside touch to your outdoor picnic.

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HOMIES 4 LIFE – A painting for the homes. Created with spray paint, acrylics, ink and love.

I came across the fabulous art of Jasper Wong in 2013, casually, as the best thing happens.

Hawaiian artist based in Hong Kong, he’s illustrator, curator and art director. He is a man who wears many hats and best known for his art that is a unique clash of Asian-influenced pop culture on paper.

Jasper has exhibited worldwide and now I want to share with you some of my favourite work of him.

 

THRILLS & KILLS

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To celebrate the release of a film titled  “Mall” and his directorial debut, Mr. Hahn of Linkin Park organized a exhibition at Known Gallery in Los Angeles, California. Jasper Wong was contacted by James Jean to be a part of the show that was themed around the movie. These were his two paintings that were created with spray paint, acrylics and ink.

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TIGER BEER

Tiger Beer introduced its latest series of collectable beer glasses. Commissioning Jasper Wong, and other artists, the glasses’ box feature the heavily pop culture-influenced work of Wong.

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY MAGAZINE

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WILD AT HEART

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Platypuses are freaks of nature and they’re also endangered. What people don’t know is the fact that they love riding tricycles even more than they enjoy looking freakish. This painting was created for a charity group exhibition at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles, California.

 

HURLEY

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Hurley and Contrast gathered some of the best creative minds in every hemisphere to take part in a boardshort exhibition. It was dubbed the Anti-Canvas show.

 

JAMBA JUICE GIFT CARD

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MOLESKINE

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A custom design by Jasper Wong for Moleskine and POW! WOW!

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The morning of winter

The morning of winter

(by satie*)


Some people have hobbies. Other people are obsessive. But when the two cross paths, this is what you get.

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Creative Shots #1

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CHRISTMAS 2012 PEACE and SMILE to YOU ALL!

Kids tend to get all of the bath time fun. Whether it’s Lego’s or shark attacks, bath games and toys are typically left behind once it stops being “cool.” Sega Toys has created a gadget that’s all about giving a relaxing atmosphere while still keeping the sharp objects out of it.

The Homestar Spa Bath Planetarium is a $110 gismo that has three different settings on it for whatever the mood might be. Feel like stargazing? Use the Starry Sky setting. The Rose Bath will turn your water a hued floral pattern, and Deep Ocean will put a manta ray into the water with you!

According to the Can Manufacturers Institute, aluminum cans are the most recycled and most recyclable beverage container in the world with an amazing 105,784 cans being recycled every minute nationwide. But Japanese artist Makaon is taking recycling into his own hands by transforming his aluminum cans into astounding sculptures. It’s hard to imagine how much patience and how many band-aids it has taken for Makaon to make each of these incredibly detailed miniature replicas of famous cartoon characters, superheroes, animals, and more out of used soda and beer cans.

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Check out the entire collection that Makaon has produced with this creative hobby on his website.

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