'Koji Suzuki'

Jun 18, 2014

'Koji Suzuki'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

“Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Where’s Waldo?” — these world-renowned children’s books feature some of the most vivid and unforgettable illustrations that retain places in the hearts of readers all the way into adulthood. In Japan, Koji Suzuki is ...

'The Snowman Fantasy World'

Dec 11, 2013

'The Snowman Fantasy World'

by Jordan Sievers

This exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the animated version of Raymond Briggs’ popular children’s book “The Snowman.” Originally written in 1978, the picture book was adapted for the screen by Dianne Jackson in 1982, and it has since captivated audiences worldwide. The story ...

'Alfons Mucha Unknown'

Oct 16, 2013

'Alfons Mucha Unknown'

by Jordan Sievers

Alphonse Mucha, born in Moravia (now a part of the present-day Czech Republic) is best known for his theatrical decoration, oil paintings, posters and stamps. He began his career in Paris as an illustrator, where his poster design for the 1894 play “Gismonda,” starring ...

'Leo Lionni: Book! Art! Book!'

Jun 20, 2013

'Leo Lionni: Book! Art! Book!'

by Alisa Yamasaki

Leo Lionni was an accomplished painter, sculptor and graphic designer, but he is best known as the acclaimed author and illustrator of popular children’s books such as “Swimmy” and “Frederick.” His illustrations are colorful and detailed, mixing a variety of mediums including oil paint, ...

On the mechanics of <em>anime</em> illustration

Apr 25, 2013

On the mechanics of anime illustration

by Erik Luebs

The 1970s was an important decade for the development of Japanese pop-cultural icons. Kindergarten children back then would likely have been introduced to the characters Doraemon (1969), Anpanman (1973) and Hello Kitty (1974).

LDP breaks out election mascots

Mar 20, 2013

LDP breaks out election mascots

by Mizuho Aoki

Illustrated characters resembling Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba have recently been selected to promote the resurgent LDP and its conservative causes with a requisite dash of cute.