Throughout high school, I was awarded some kind of prize every year.
Poster contest, sketch contest, city art exhibit etc.
I remember that my mother was very happy and was very proud of me. And I was very happy.
I attended design class in high school and learned industrial design, commercial design, and others a little at a time.
Since I was a member of a drama club, I learned that there is a way of creating things other than drawing. I felt the breadth of expression.
There were many interesting students in my design class. And I absorbed manga and music.
After I graduated from high school, I worked at a company designing signs. It was my first experience to work as a designer.
If the clients left it up to me, I would create the design myself. And if there was a request for a specific design, I would create it as I was told.
There were signs around town, designed by me, and I felt a sense of accomplishment seeing this.
This part hasn’t changed.
I got married when I was 26.
Then we had a baby. Many people around me were creating manga-blog related to child-raising. And so I decided to do it too.
In the meantime, I made friends who like pictures. And I started to draw to show it to everyone.
I reunited with drawing.
When I was reading some child-raising blogs, I met one artist. And I learned about Sakura Exhibition and I felt I want to participate in next time.
I also found out that illustrators live in local area were holding a joint exhibition and I went to check it out.
There, I actually saw the drawings of the artists who were participating in Sakura Exhibition. And I was excited like I’d never been before.
It’s hard to explain in words but I felt like “ This! This is what I want!”
It hit me like lightning.
I’ve always copied drawings before, but I started to draw my original illustration after I hit 30 years old.
This was based on the things that I gained from my high school art class, the things from the sign creating company, the things that I found out from the artist’s blog.
I kept absorbing it for 30 years and let it go at once!
I want to improve my skills even if I don’t have a job. No matter what happens, I will keep on drawing.
I will continue to present my pieces even if no one buys them at the exhibition.
I simply like to have people see my drawings.
It all began when my mother looked at my drawing and praised me.
I am so grateful that the exhibition is there for a place to present.