Tokyo artist creates photo-realistic drawings with colored pencils

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Hey that’s a nice photograph of a peaceful oasis in Tokyo. Wait, it’s not a photograph? It’s a drawing? Made with colored pencils?!

Ryota Hayashi has been bringing the Nakano Ward of Tokyo to life for the past several years through his breathtakingly realistic colored pencil renditions. He’s recently been getting a lot of attention on social media, and it’s not at all hard to see why.

Ryota is a graduate of Waseda University’s Art History Department, and he worked as a graphic designer until he took up colored pencils in 2009. He looks for inspirationall around where he lives in Nakano, such as “the water shining beautifully on the water” or “the colors on a hill that look like a natural gradient.” It takes him about 20 minutes to fill up a B3 (13.9in x 19.7in) size piece of paper, and he holds colored pencil classes all over Nakano.

Unsurprisingly, when Ryota started sharing his work on the Nakano Facebook page, he immediately started racking up the likes and shares, bringing in lots of followers of his own.

Here’s a taste of what they saw:

Ryota was featured in the American art magazine COLORED PENCIL Magazine in 2014, and last month had an exhibit in Nakano featuring his work. Ryota commented: “I’ve gotten a lot more students in my colored pencil classes thanks to social media. I hope that my artwork inspires even more of them to take up the art. I want them to experience the delicacy and warmth that colored pencils provide over oil or watercolor.”

If you’d like to see more of Ryota’s work, then check out his Facebook orTwitter pages. And if you ever find yourself in the Nakano area with a box of colored pencils and you’re itching to draw, don’t be afraid to stop by one of his classes.

Shohei Otomo brings the gritty side of Japan to vivid life with a mere ballpoint pen

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Shohei Otomo can sometimes be found simply under the working name “Shohei.” That might possibly have been an effort to downplay his heritage, because when your father is responsible for some of the most influential manga and anime ever it can be hard to get looked at as an individual.

However, outside of a certain degree of edginess and high degree of Akira and Domu,creator Katsuhiro Otomo and his son each stand alone with their respective arts. Shohei has the unique gift of creating a provocative illustration using only a ballpoint with such a level of detail and texture that you can get lost in them.

He’s posted a series of time-lapse YouTube videos showing him at his craft which is a spectacle almost as impressive as the drawings themselves.

The characters he creates all have a blend of realism and comic-book aesthetics that make them look capable of either something hideous and gritty or something magical and surreal. Cops with gnarled faces and rocket-powered geisha are but a few of his beautifully textured and shaded works.

They’re so deeply detailed that it’d be hard to believe that he did all of it with ballpoint pens alone. He probably figured that too, which might be why Shohei has several videos showing him at work in high-speed. Here are a few.


Artist Profile: Katsumi Hayakawa “VOID and SOLID”

The Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa explores diverse notions related to space and perspective in VOID and SOLID, a new way of world making, his first solo exhibition in Spain. Hayakawa’s architectural sculptures, made out of varying paper densities, represent the human-made structures covering earth’s surface. His attention to detail is apparent in the cuts and folds.

Accompanied by a new series of paintings and drawings, the site-specific installation examines the impact of architectural density while maintaining the delicate nature of paper.


Artist Profile: New works by David Jien

A suite of new drawings sees David Jien exploring a bizarre world of fine-art museum appreciation and elevated anatomy. Jien received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in 2009. As a first generation Taiwanese-American, a veteran tagger who spent time in jail, and a recent art school graduate, Jien utilizes the unique facts and experiences of his life as raw material for the fantastic stories and characters that are represented in his work.

I make most of my work in my dojo, unless I can’t be in my dojo, I travel quite a bit; it’s not uncommon to find me working at some random dojo.” – David Jien (excerpt from Walk The Line: The Art of Drawing)

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Artist Profile: New works by David Jien

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Artist Profile: Ling Ly’s delicate renderings


Ling Ly is a Los Angeles-based artist that mostly focuses on oil painting and graphite drawing of intimate, delicate portraiture and some naturalist elements. Apart from drawing, she is interested in photography, sculpture, fashion design and sewing. She attained a BFA from Art Center College of Design in the summer of 2013.

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Artist Profile: Ling Ly’s delicate renderings

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Artist Profile: Xiau-Fong Wee’s “Animals With Guns”


Xiau-Fong Wee claims that she finds inspiration in the “bizarre and strange,” which we can see in this extensive series of charcoal drawings. Depicting different animals holding guns and wearing glasses, these drawings are silly, disturbing and whimsical at the same time. The titles follow suit, as they are just animal noises that accompany each armed creature.

Xiau-Fong Wee graduated from The Academy of Art University in San Francisco and continues to draw and paint there.

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Artist Profile: Xiau-Fong Wee’s “Animals With Guns”

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Artist Profile: Tenzing Rigdol


Check out the works of Tibetan artist Tenzing Rigdol this morning. Tenzing’s work ranges from painting, sculpture, drawing and collage, to digital, performance art. Widely exhibited internationally, the artist currently lives and works in New York.

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Artist Profile: Tenzing Rigdol

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Artist Profile: The work of Chitra Ganesh


A recipient of the 2012 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a scholar of literature, art semiotics, painting, and sculpture, Brooklyn-based artist Chitra Ganesh is certainly no stranger to the art world and understandably so. Her incredible installations, drawings, digital and painting-based collages look to excavate and circulate buried narratives typically excluded from official canons of history, literature, and art.

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Artist Profile: The work of Chitra Ganesh

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Misaki Kawai (artist) presents “Hair Show” at The Hole (NYC)


The Hole is presenting the much-anticipated first solo exhibition by Misaki Kawai at a New York gallery in six years. In Hair Show, Kawai will present large scale sculpture, painting, drawing and furniture. After traveling around Asia for the bulk of 2013, Kawai returned to her studio in Brooklyn with not only tons of sketches and ideas but also materials gathered from Tibet to Vietnam; all manner of fabric, textiles and her favourite pom-poms. These materials are incorporated into her world of whimsy as she turns drawings into paintings, sculpture into wall works, sketches into furniture, transmuting simple materials into new characters.

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Misaki Kawai (artist) presents “Hair Show” at The Hole (NYC)

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