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Where fine art and Manga collide: Illustrations by D[di:]

Images: D[di:]

Hardly a day passes where I do not hear reminiscences from forty something architects about the lost art of hand drawing. I usually give them short change by encouraging them to learn the software and teach the young guns how to do it. They seldom do of course, mired in their grief at loosing control over their own means of production.

Behind my own façade of … relentless progress, I also miss the soft qualities of hand drawings. So it is with considerable pleasure that I view these illustrations by the Japanese artist and illustrator, D[di:], pronounced “D”.

Although I do not know if they are hand drawn, they look it, and so that is sufficient to trigger the waves of nostalgia.

This enigmatic young artist was influenced by Hayao Miyazaki classics like Laputa and Naussica and attributes her interest in art to Studio Ghibli, producers of Manga films.

Whilst D[di:]'s work is often sweet looking, featuring animals or dolls as influences from her childhood days, her drawings often carry a cynical edge.

Her work has spread across Japan on products such as phone covers, t-shirts and bags.

Gratitude to Spoon and Tamago.


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