-Japananese / born in 1985 / watercolor artist / food illustrator / Living in Osaka
-Started drawing in summer 2016.
I was working as a writer and editor for 5-6 years before, but I quit about 2 years ago. After quitting, I was totally lost in life. I didn’t know what to do, or what I wanted to do. I couldn’t focus on anything and nothing got me excited. Until, I a started picture diary.
It was supposed to be a simple diary when I started, but then, I found a lot of people uploading their pictures daily on Instagram and I was like “Hmmm, ok, I guess I will try that too.”
I didn’t think I’d get addicted to drawing at that time! I can’t even believe that it was just 5 months ago.
I got my first SAI Brand watercolor pens just a few weeks after I started my picture diary. I was so disappointed with my drawing skills, but that made me practice really hard! I got some watercolor books for beginners and watched so many YouTube videos to imitate other people’s drawings, and I even practiced drawing straight lines and boxes over and over. I didn’t stop uploading my drawings on Instagram though. I just kept putting new artwork up everyday, even if I didn’t like them that much. It’s because I could see my drawing skills grow everyday.
One day, I noticed that when I was drawing, I wasn’t thinking about anything else and it has definitely become very therapeutic for me now. Of course, getting more followers on Instagram is fun, but seeing my own growth is the best part of drawing.
I have my own policy about taking pictures of my artwork. I usually take pictures with a background, because I believe my artwork looks much better in daily life than just in a frame. That’s why I always put something around my artwork when I take a picture of it.
Now, I have tons of stuff that I want to try! All because I started drawing! I have all the basic tools to start anything as an artist, so there are no more excuses for me. Drawing gave me a reason to be myself again.
– From “Doodle wash” , featured as a guest artist in December 2016