Yutsuki SAKURA

illustrator - Japan
I am a freelance illustrator from Gifu Prefecture. I love black tea and chocolate. I have enjoyed drawing ever since I was in school, and I started genuinely drawing illustrations after becoming a working adult. My main occupation is nurse, and I’m a freelancer on the side.

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About Me

Yutsuki SAKURA

illustrator / Japan

I am a freelance illustrator from Gifu Prefecture. I love black tea and chocolate. I have enjoyed drawing ever since I was in school, and I started genuinely drawing illustrations after becoming a working adult. My main occupation is nurse, and I’m a freelancer on the side.

I like lolita fashion. Most of my works have lolita and gothic elements in them. I also work as a textile designer on occasion, making designs based on lolita fashion.

I have opened an exhibition in my hometown, and I used to participate mainly in events in Nagoya and Tokyo. However, starting in 2013, I now also participate in events in Taiwan. My present work doesn’t allow me much free time, but I’d like to participate in overseas events once every few years.

Experience

:Main Works:

Partly responsible for the manga and illustrations for Natsume’s “Minna Wakacchau! Magic Psychology Test” supervised by Maggie
Designed seven textile pieces for JC International Trade (used and being sold as a one piece, jumper skirt, skirt, etc.)
Illustrated five characters for the Seven Lucky Gods TCG “Cursed High School”
Three illustrations used in Mobage’s “Adventure Chronicle”
Illustrations for Igaku Geijutsu’s “Nurse Journal” (2011-2012)
Shueisha’s “Cobalt Cut Illustrations” magazine (2008-2011)

::Short CV::

2013:
- Started participating in international events
(Taiwan’s “Fancy Frontier21Pioneer Animation Festival”)

2010:
- Designed textiles based on lolita fashion. Clothes made from my textiles are sold in Japan and overseas
- Held my first solo exhibition at the bookstore in my hometown (held three times in total)

2008:
- Started being active on a commercial basis. I was in charge of illustraions mostly for books, magazines, and card games.

Q&A

Why did you start drawing pictures?

When I was in middle school, I secretly went to a doujinshi sale. It had such an impact on me that i thought to myself, “I want to sell my own drawings,” so started participating on doujin events. During my first event, I only earned 200 yen. Nevertheless, I was excited that I could sell my own work, and I wanted to draw more and show it to more people; this became my motivation which led to the present. I do some business work as well, but to me, the most important thing is to be be able to personally talk with my fans and draw what I like.

Do you have any obsessions regarding your pictures?

Hair, clothes designs, and accessories. I try to draw the accessories so that they attract girls’ attentions. My obsession when drawing is that the eyes are the last part I paint. Just like Bodhidharma, I make the world of the picture come to life by blowing life into the picture as the last step.

How long does your work take to create?

It depends on the picture, in terms of hours, it might take around 20. If I only draw a person without a background, I can finish it in a few hours. Anyhow, my work is irregular, so the amount of time I can spend on drawing is limited, and when I have a lot of overtime at work, it often takes a lot of time to complete.

What inspires your work?

I think that the whole world I see is unpolished ideas. I go to the general store and take notes of the things I thought were cute, or, since I like taking pictures, go on a walk and take pictures of the street lamps or faucets together with the scenery and buildings. If you look at them from the side, you might ask, “Why would you take a picture of that?” Then, I add a theme to the raw material I collected, and make it into a picture. For example, egg art (raw idea) + house (theme) = let’s make it into a house of spirits wearing frills and diamonds! Just like this. Though I am often told that it’s hard to understand what happens at the “=” part (laughs).