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Forests and Fairy Tales: The Work of Amy Sol

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The works of Amy Sol conjure up the sweet beauty and magic of childhood. Soft muted colors against the warmth of wood grain give the works the sepia tones of faded storybooks. Her swirly-haired princesses explore forests, filled with flowers, clouds and leaves, animals and dreams.

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Candy Overload: The Work of Tatsumi

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The work of Japanese artist Tatsumi is enough to cause diabetes. Chocolate, candy, deserts and junk food overwhelm her starry-eyed shoujo heroines in a deluge of sweetness. Are these sugar-saturated schoolgirls a metaphor for Japan’s over-consumption of cute?
Or just that enough is never enough?

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Halloween Eye Candy: Black & White Drawings by Mizna Wada

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For Halloween fun here’s Mizna Wada‘s ink drawings from her exhibition “Yummy Haunts”. There’s nothing serious here, and Wada has fun with the creepy-candy theme. The girls are bobble-headed and wide-eyed and there’s nothing too scary to be cute. In fact it might be sweet enough to give you a toothache .

You can also check out: Mizna Wada’s Spooky ABC, and Sweet & Creepy Plushies by Mizna Wada.

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Halloween Eye Candy: Sweet & Creepy Plushies by Mizna Wada

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It’s time for more Halloween fun with Mizna Wada‘s oh so adorable creepy-cute plushies. These hand-made soft toys have all the hallmarks of Mizna Wada’s work; sweet characters, with large oval eyes and playful expressions, and a touch of the  macabre. The influence of Japanese street fashions like decora and gothic lolita, is also apparent in their chic outfits and tiny accessories.

For more from Mizna Wada check out my previous post Mizna Wada’s Spooky ABC.

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Halloween Eye Candy: Mizna Wada’s Spooky ABC

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Japanese artist Mizna Wada’s work is a perfect dose of creepy cute for Halloween, so I’m doing a series of posts on this talented artist. For this post I’m featuring her “Spooky ABC”. It’s classic horror meets Hello Kitty adorable, with simple yet bold compositions and bright colors.

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Sweet Lolita Fashion Illustration by Imai Kira

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Imai Kira’s illustration for the brand Angelic Pretty, perfectly depicts the aesthetic ideal of sweet lolita fashion. It’s a candy-colored world where doll-like girls with beautifully coiffured hair lounge on cakes and giant jars of strawberry jam.

Perfect if you have a sweet tooth for cute things.

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Cyber Fantasy: Work by Hiroyuki Takahashi

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Sci-fi and sexy meet strange in the work of Japanese illustrator Hiroyuki Takahashi. Her work is an explosion of eye-watering color and bizarre imagery, mixing creepy with cute with beautiful results.

Check out her official website here.

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Clever and Cute Textiles by RAAK

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The RAAK brand was created by Eiraku, to bring tenugui, Japanese facecloths, into the modern era. Eiraku was founded in 1615, and this impressive legacy is the foundation of the RAAK brand, as traditional designs are fused with modern elements. The result is textile design that is not only cute and quirky, but also surprising elegant and understated.

In addition to tenugui dyed using the traditional methods, RAAK also stocks handbags, scarfs, hats and other accessories

Visit their official website here

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Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Monogram and More…

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Takashi Murakami is an internationally recognized artist whose work should be familiar to anyone interested in contemporary art. Murakami coined the term “superflat” to describe both his own work, and an entire movement of Japanese pop artists inspired by both traditional Japanese arts and popular culture in the form of anime and manga.

Murakami’s work blurs the line between commercial illustration and fine art, perhaps best demonstrated in his work for Louis Vuitton. The art animation/commercial  Superflat Monogram is the beautiful result of this collaboration, and it looks simply stunning in  glorious HD.

In additiona to Superfalt Monogram I’m also featuring two more of Murakami’s video works; Super Flat First Love and KaiKai & Kiki. Enjoy.

You can check out Murakami’s official website here.

Pictures via Nong Jia Nu.

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Beautiful Dolls from Souldoll

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I’m not very knowledgeable about ball-jointed dolls in general, but I can’t help but love these from the Korean company Souldoll. Their dolls have beautiful features, slightly exaggerated but still relatively realistic. I love using these photo’s as reference for my own artworks.

They also clothe their dolls in some fabulous fairy-tale outfits, the style is reminiscent of lolita but they push it to the extreme to create really exceptional outfits. It’s like doll couture.

You can visit their official website here.

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