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Yuko Okabe
Children’s Book Illustrator

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yuukook.com
USA

Alex Rowe, Illustrator & Children's Book Artist

Alex Rowe
Illustrator & Children’s Book Artist

Artist Statement
“I’m an illustrator and writer based in the Boston area, having graduated from the RISD Illustration department in 2017. I’m motivated by youthful sensibilities, shapes, color, and narratives that range from the whimsical to the tiny moments.

Creating content for children is a major drive in my work. Aside from constantly doodling, I’m heavily inspired by my daily interactions, day dreams, nightmares, nostalgia, and music. I would like to improve my craft so that my art style can feel more concrete and deliverable.”

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2 responses on "Yuko Okabe"

  1. You have a strong illustrative voice, I think this is most evident in the street scene with child and businessmen. The perspective distortion and shape exploration further emphasizes the movement. Definitely want to see more of these!

    I think it’s impressive that you are an illustrator and writer, It would be great to see more of your writing in your developed illustrations. This can also challenge you to work your illustrations with a body of text, rather than separating them on different pages.

    I recommend focusing on more projects with consistent characters or following a story line. Show us more of your awesome storytelling skills. The pizza park and bus are funny concepts but work more like spot illustrations for T-shirts and stickers.

    Regarding technical skills I cannot emphasize how great you treat shapes. I would push this more with characters and environments studies. There is something very appealing about the flat treatment with texture.

  2. I think your work is wonderfully illustrated and very fun to look at. I agree with what Alex was sharing about your strength in using shape and composition to your work.

    I also really enjoy your colors, they are very playful and energetic. However, I think one way you can grow and expand your craft is to increase the number of your typical hues. Based on the images above I’m seeing very similar greens, oranges, purples, and blues. Maybe try changing the value of some of them, or the saturation? I think this could work really well especially when you have more dramatic scenes like the girl in the green shirt with the business men.

    Something else I really like is the textural quality of your work. I love seeing the water marks and the brush strokes of everything. But for this reason, I would consider the Pizza Party image one of your weaker ones because I miss that quality a lot in that piece. I do like the image and I think it’s very clever, but I think the medium you’re using might be fighting you a bit. Imagine what the cheese of the pizza would look like in a watercolor/ink wash style.

    These are more so technical comments, because as I mentioned before I think you have an awesome creative mind that pulls the viewer in. Your work is stellar my friend, keep it up!

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