Aya Takano

Jun 30, 2014   

I wanted to post about one of my favorite artists, Aya Takano. I first saw her work around 2007 in Zipper magazine when she did the monthly calendar artwork for them. I scanned in 3 of those from my own magazines to share at the time. They were full of emotion and storytelling for something that’s usually written off as simple magazine filler.

Then in 2010 she had the infamous collaboration with Shu Uemura for their holiday collection and since then she’s been pretty well known.

I wanted to post this in case you haven’t had a chance to see a more wide spectrum of her work. On the surface her style may be written off as cute eyecandy but a quick google search will reveal she focuses on a wide variety of topics.

Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano
Japanese artist Aya Takano

If you are interested in reading more you can view some of her interviews here.

Many of the above images found here. There is also a 20 minute documentary (in English) titled “Towards Eternity” on the page.

 



14 Responses to “Aya Takano”

  1. Alissa says:

    Hi Jenny, may I ask where you bought this tote bag from? http://sushi-cat.net/pics/12_29_12_6.jpg You’ve got great taste.

  2. Alissa says:

    Never mind, I found your older post =]

  3. Sofia says:

    Amazing illustrations! I love how she includes animals a lot. Thanks for sharing, I loved this :)

    • jenny says:

      She mentions her fascination with unusual animals such as a mole rat but also becoming more focused on common pets after the Great East Japan Earthquake. I love how even a shiba inu is often in her paintings now!

  4. Kayla says:

    Oh wow, thanks for sharing these. She’s incredible!

  5. Vermillion says:

    Oh, I remember when you blogged about that Shu Uemura collaboration! I can’t believe it’s been a few years since then.

    I like her drawing and colouring style and interesting to see the variety of themes in her pieces.

  6. Jeannine says:

    yaaaaaas omg i love her so much!! in my first year of college i did a project on her ;3; huhuhu

  7. MajinRin says:

    wow! Thank you for sharing!! Love the last pic! <3

    haha also her t-shirt is funny XD

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