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Doll-like Japanese Girls

Fashion, Inspiration, Japan, Photography

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Lately I’ve seen a lot of really cute doll-like Japanese girls in magazine spreads and make-up tutorials. The combination of circle lenses and fake eyelashes, pouting lips and long curling wigs is both surreal and beautiful. While some people are critical that these fashions are an attempt not to look “Japanese”, everyone has the right to dress how they like, and I think these girls look fantastic.

Unfortunately I don’t have links for each individual images, but most of these pics should be from Drop Dead Kawaii and Get Into Fashion.

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Psychedelic Cute: HIME+YOU

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The style of Japanese illustrator  HIME+YOU is a sweet mixture of bright colors and cute, and slightly darker imagery. While I can see Junko Mizuno’s psychedelic influence, this is work that stands on its own. Absolutely adorable.

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Classical Lolita: Victorian Maiden

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Taken from the 2006 Victorian Maiden Spring and Summer Collection, these simple and relaxed co-ordinates shows the elegance and beauty of Classical Lolita. While I love the more elaborate Lolita fashions, these images are a breath of fresh air, and the rustic-romantic look seem to anticipate the mori girl style. Enjoy.

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Washed Away: Seascapes by Kozyndan

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In my previous post I introduced the work of Kozyndan, a talented couple that work together on art and illustration. While that post featured some of their more colorful and humorous work, there’s another, more serious, to these artists. Their recent exhibition Washed Away at Outré Gallery, focused on the themes of the sea and sea-life, as well as Japan’s ama, women divers famous for collecting pearls. Kozyndan were also inspired by Hokusai’s iconic wave, and these works hint at the power and violence of the sea. The result are images that are beautiful, mysterious and poetic. 
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City Scenes by Kozyndan

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Kozyndan is a unit, a couple that produces art and illustration under a shared name. They describe themselves as “mad scientists”, and their work is mad in a good way. At times veering schizophrenia-like between work that is bright and colorful, to elegant and poetic, it’s full of energy and creativity. This selection of work features works centred around the urban environment, like interiors and city scenes, including their panoramas. To get the full impact of these large-scale works be sure to click the image to look at it full size. You can look forward to a second post focusing on another side of this talented duo.

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Katsuya Terada: Terra’s Black Marker

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Known for his  illustration work for video games and comics, Katsuya Terada’s solo exhibition ‘Terra’s Black Marker’ at Compound Gallery, showed that beyond this, Terada is simply an amazing artist. These are some of the most beautiful pieces of linework that I’ve ever seen. Using only the simple black marker, Terada creates intricate and dynamic images of fantastic beasts and swirling atmosphere.
Absolutely stunning.

Images via Hi Fructose.

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Yugoslav Pop: The Work of Roman Klonek

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Bright and bold, the woodprints of Roman Klonek stand out with their humor, simple compositions and unusual color combinations, which give these works life and vibrancy. Kloneks simple pop imagery is inspired by old cartoons , particularly Eastern European ones, and propaganda posters. This is combined with the whimsical monsters of folklore to make his own strange creations, half human and half animal. Klonek’s subject matter is reflected in the medium of woodprint itself, which does not produce flat blocks of color, but instead gives each piece a subtle texture t create a slightly aged, retro feel.

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The Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters by Gojin Ishihara

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Kyūbi no kitsune (nine-tailed fox)

Gojin Ishihara’s Illustrated Book of Japanese Monsters (1972), is filled with the spirits and monsters, ogres and imps of traditional Japanese folklore. Of course the more familiar you are with Japanese popular culture, the more you’ll have been exposed to these folk tales indirectly. From fantasy monsters in anime like Naruto and Inuyasha, to contemporary horror like The Ring, this rich cultural heritage can be seen in almost countless examples. I’ve also featured the Kitsune, or fox spirit, in my own work, so images like these are a great source of inspiration. Enjoy.

Images via Pink Tentacle.
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Surreal Illustration by Eric Fortune

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The work of Eric Fortune veers between realism and a kind of dreamy, sweet surrealism. The soft, slightly grainy images are reminiscent of storybook illustration, and strange scenes seem to tell their own tales, but are open to interpretation.  Read more…

Annie Leibovitz: Beauty & The Beast

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I’ve featured Anne Leibocitz’s work before in this amazing Alice In Wonderland themed spread. So of course I couldn’t resist 2005 Vogue photo-shoot starring Drew Barrymore as Beauty, in Beauty and the Beast. The photo’s all have the classical compositions of paintings. The image of Beauty in the garden has a wonderful  Pre-Raphaelite feel, while the dinner scene has the rich drapery and decadence of a Baroque still-life. It’s all very beautiful and romantic, a perfect fairy-tale with a happy ending.

Pics via Fairy Tale News.

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