That New Notebook Feeling

My friends and I felt the strong pull from the sketchbook corner at the Ikebukuro Tokyou Hands and found ourselves caught.

Here I was introduced to Midori Diary Paper, designed and made here in Japan. Comes in such a lovely cream color and they are bound in such a way as allow each page to open flat.

So many choices in page organization, different sizes with lines vs grids vs blank pages with infinite possiblities.

Such a simple, personable packaging label. Nice handwriting in Japanese & English. And a nameplate sticker.

^ It came with a glassine book cover which I know I’ll tear immediately upon use, so I’ve returned it to its original bag and when I’m done I’ll add it back on.

^ Of all the Midori page designs I chose the Storyboard option. 8 fun little sections per page, “16 boxes per spread. Good for mapping out presentations or developing an idea progression.” Or maybe I’ll do some little sketches…or ??

For now, it looks too nice to mark up :)

Until then, follow my day to day art adventures on Instagram: Studio Deanna

Tokyo Collective: Illustrators in Tokyo

Go see the Hajime Show by Tokyo Collective this Sunday, Apr 22 from 10AM – 5PM at NinetyTwo13(Tokyo Chapter), behind Tokyo Midtown on the other side of Hinokicho Park.

Address: Akasaka 9-2-13, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 107-0052 (It’s in a grey building with NinetyTwo13 over the doorway, go to the 2nd Floor)

Many of the artists are also sequential artists so there is a Sequential Art Meeting starting at 7PM in the gallery space on Sunday evening.

Super proud of my friends for their gorgeous illustration work, absolutely beautiful, thought provoking, and so honest in their first experiences in Japan. I saw, felt, and experienced many of the same encounters on my first move here.

Tokyo Collective’s Hajime Show has compiled a high quality Zine containing work by each of the artists, available only at the show for the one coin price of 500yen!

Cover Art by Erica Ward @erica.ward.illustration

\/ Inside Cover Art by Julia Nascimento @ns_julia

\/ Erika Suzuki @suuueri_illust

\/ Tania Vicedo @taniasillustration

\/ Michele Laudig @michelelaudig I really liked the way Michele used layers of materials to complete her work which is difficult for a simple black and white printed to convey. Worth the trip to the gallery on Sunday to see them in person.

The complete list of artists with a mini bio:

I’m looking forward to seeing what Erica does next at the art & fashion show: