Saraku Yuzuyama

Illustrator - Japan
Freelance designer and illustrator. I focus on several genres including concept art, picture books, fine art, and others. My design brand is SocksOwl.

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    I drew this as an exhibit work for the Sakura Exhibition 2015. I progressed with this artwork stressing to express the feel of her accessories.

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  • Wind

    In a windy town, a young dragon and a concerning spot.

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  • Monotone

    I had wanted to draw an illustration different from my usual that looks like a snapshot of the world through a monochrome photo, so I challenged myself with this.

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About Me

Saraku Yuzuyama

Illustrator / Japan

I’m an illustrator who began drawing when I was 19 and was invited here in 2010 by an illustrator friend. Since then I taught myself design and have begun working as a designer, creating CD jackets, business pamphlets, and more.

In 2014 I participated at the M50 exhibit in Shanghai in the fine art genre. In 2015 I started together with illustrator Hitomi Zabieru my design brand SocksOwl which mainly focuses on illustration. Since then we have worked on joint projects and events with the Tokyo Metropolitan University bookstore, a cafe in Harajuku, a jewelry brand in Daikan-yama, a general store in Osaka, and more.

  • Creator NameSaraku Yuzuyama
  • GenreIllustration
  • NationalityJapanese
  • GenderUndisclosed
  • Blood TypeB
  • Years Active7
  • Area of ActivityTokyo, Japan

    Experience

    2010 - Began working as an illustrator
    2013 - Won the 8th Colorful Board Award
    2014 - Chosen for the “300 Book Covers Exhibit”
    2014 - Won Best Work in Aozora Bunko’s “Famous Novel Cover Artwork Contest”
    2014 - Won the Graphic Prize in the New Year’s Greeting 2015 Design Award
    2014 - Participated in fine art group exhibit at M50 in Shanghai
    2015 - Started design brand SocksOwl with illustrator Hitomi Zabieru
    2015 - Directed illustrator Hitomi Zabieru’s solo exhibit “OJIYANFOREST” at a Harajuku cafe
    2015 - Held a collaboration event with a children’s clothing brand with a bookstore who shows my work. From this, SocksOwl works began also being sold in bookstores in Shinjuku Isetan Main Store, Hankyu Umeda Main Store, Senri Hankyu, Osaka Takashimaya, Daimaru Kobe, and Hakata Hankyu
    2015 - Participated with SocksOwl at an event held by a general store in Taisho, Osaka
    2015 - Won the Tokyo Otaku Mode Award at Sakura Exhibition
    2016 - Directed SocksOwl collaboration event with bookstore at Tokyo Metropolitan University
    2016 - Offered illustrations for the anniversary event of the Tokyo Metropolitan University bookstore
    2016 - Directed joint event between SocksOwl and Daikan-yama jewelry brand

    Q&A

    How did you get started creating?

    I originally had absolutely no interest in drawing, and until I was 19 I had never drawn at all outside of my art class at school.

    When I was 19 I bought Adobe Photoshop thinking that I would use if for something completely different from drawing, but my motivation died out immediately. I thought it would be a waste since I went to the trouble of buying such an expensive software so I searched for any area it would be useful in. Somehow or other, that’s how I first got into doing something I never had an interest in: drawing.

    What are you particular about in your work?

    I’ve had the opportunity to draw for various different genres, and it’s been really fun creating my own art for each, so I would say I’m particular about not getting attached to any one genre. For someone like me who never had an interest in drawing, I didn’t have a yearning when it came to drawing, like wanting to draw this type of artwork for a certain genre...I think that’s the stance I take when drawing. Though I’m still learning about design.

    How long does your work take to complete?

    It varies depending on the genre, but for my award-winning work, those done in the style called Impasto, the fastest is about two days, whereas an illustration that requires meticulously detailed work can take between 1-2 weeks.

    When do you come up with ideas for your work?

    Regarding artwork that I can create freely, I aim to draw what pops into my mind while being conscious about the balance of the art without thinking much about the concept or meaning. For that reason, I worry over being asked about the title and other aspects of such work.