Introducing digital artist Tatsuya Kondo, who was born in Shizuoka, Japan.

Tatsuya Kondo was born in Shizuoka, Japan. His family owned a Japanese confectionery, and traditional Japanese culture was a part of his everyday life. Tatsuya has loved drawing since he was a child, and studied oil painting from the age of 13. He believes that being exposed to the colours and shapes of traditional Japanese sweets gave him an important sense, which helped with his art.  After graduating from an art college, Tatsuya began working as a freelance illustrator.

He has worked on many different projects, including CD jackets, editorial illustrations, package illustrations, advertisements, and key visuals for commercial facilities. Tatsuya works mainly in digital formats, sometimes using watercolour and pen to create more profound expressions. He is inspired by nature, people, music, fashion, and everyday life.

Here's a short Q&A for you to enjoy...

When did you start illustrating?

I started as an illustrator around 2000 AD.

Who has been the most supportive in your illustration career, perhaps your teacher, family, friends?

Friends and family. I can't prioritise.

Did you always think art was something that was going to be a major part of your life?

I had been drawing and painting a lot since I was a child, but at the time I didn't think it would be a career. However, I did hope that art would be a part of my life.

What is your favourite subject matter to illustrate?

I have always loved nature, animals, etc. Now I am beginning to be interested in painting people.

How would you describe your style?

Basically, I work in digital format, and depending on the work, I incorporate various techniques such as pointillism and watercolour. I often add abstract elements to my paintings, rather than making them entirely figurative. Overall, I think most of my works are colourful.

What is your favourite collaboration to date?

The use of illustrations in videos and other media.

What interested you about being represented by Illo Agency?

The wide range of artists introduced. I had an image of generosity toward artists. I felt that they dealt with a wide range of work.

Do you have a favourite author, film director, or designer?

There are so many artists I like from the past to the present, that it is hard to reply. I think Picasso, Klimt, Henri Matisse, etc. are really great, although they are too famous. I also like Katsushika Hokusai very much. Stanley Kubrick was very influential when I was in art school.

Are you working on any personal projects you can share with us?

I am not working on a personal project, but I am interested.

If you have any questions or a specific project in mind, please do get in touch: [email protected]

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