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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

Art, Design, Inspiration, Japan

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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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Magnificent Skyscapes by Jen

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These beautiful skyscapes by Japanese artist Jen are like meditations on the sublime in everyday life; seemingly realistic, yet also profound and other-worldly.

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Sepia Tinted Portraits by Ikenaga Yasunari

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Ikenaga Yasunari’s beautiful portraits combine traditional Japanese prints with delicate linework and a decorative touch reminiscent of Art Nouveau. Enjoy.
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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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Sensory Overload: Paintings by Takashi Murakami

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Yes it’s still Takashi Murakami week, and I’m giving you even more superflat pop candy in the form of his paintings. If you’re not overloaded check out my previous posts; Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Monogram and More… features his video work, and Baroque Pop: Murakami Versailles showcases images of his breathtaking Versailles exhibition.

Visit Murakami’s official website here. Images via Galerie Perrotin.

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Baroque Pop: Murakami Versailles

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After my previous post on Murakami’s video work, I decided on a whim that this week is Takashi Murakami week.

These images are from the 2010 exhibition Murakami Versailles. The contrast between Murakami’s work and the historic Palace of Versailles creates some truly magnificent images. But despite the culture clash the exhibition also created unexpected parallels between the wealth and opulence of the French court and the decadence of today’s super-rich. The result is absolutely spectacular and completely over the top.

You can check out Murakami’s official website here. Images via Galerie Perrotin.

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