Yukari Terakado is an artist from Japan. She uses seductive lines to create intricate patterns and stunning forms. Working mostly in acrylics and colored pencils, I was instantly captiviated by her work and had to share her with our readers. Having the opportunity to dive into the mind of an eastern artist I wanted to comapre and contrast the views that the East and West have on each other. Read below for the full interview…
You list a lot of blog articles on bands that appear in Japan. What are some of your favorite bands you would love to work with one day?
Yukari: Warpaint, Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park), Foster the People, Mew, and artists like Giselle and Japanese singer Chara. I can see specific colors and forms when I listen to music, and I get very interested in artists that I see beautiful colors in my mind.
Since the devestating earthquake that hit Japan over a year ago, has your work undergone a deeper sense of importance and urgency?
Yukari: I see no difference in the aesthetic of my works, but I do see points that certainly make me think. After the earthquakes, I think a lot of artists have faced hard questions like “what can I do with my art?” We can’t save lives with art, but I feel we can do things to support people’s hearts.
I’ve noticed that a lot of creatives in Japan don’t really think about Japanese culture pertaining to their work. I think many Japanese people tend to think western culture is cool. What are your views towards music, film, and art in the west?
Yukari: We clearly get attracted to western culture in its music and colors. It’s similar to compensate with food nutrients that a body can’t produce on its own, and I think we observe things completely different from our culture and try to produce particular energies with it.
Please take us through your design process, where do you start?
Yukari: I draw a sketch with my computer. After that I take the rough, put a paper on it and outline it with a ball-point pen to do a final version. In this step I correct the details many times over, so I repeat the process “correction→finalization” until I feel it’s good; after which I scan it to computer and color it to finish.
Has it been challenging to create art for a new culutral generation who has different tastes, interests and life experiences than yours?
Yukari: “Art is in the medulla of each human being”. My father taught me these words, but I believe the root is the same even for art created by civilizations, in their surface. An art only acceptable by people who share same life experiences and interests with you exists only in that small world, then will fade away in an instant. By sharing with people from “different worlds”, I think we can make interesting things.
When it comes to creating, the Japanese use their intuition, whereas Westerners might use their logic more. Do you agree with that statement?
Yukari: Certainly I don’t disagree there are examples that fit in that statement but if I tell you the truth, I think both have logic parts and can use their intuitions too, so I think it doesn’t have a special need to be distinguished.
What do you feel are your most productive working hours? How do you manage to avoid procrastination and hit deadlines effectively?
Yukari: During the day I work in a design office, so I work as an artist often during the night time. To hit deadlines effectively you have to perfectly organize your schedule. But most of the time it doesn’t flow in the way I planned…
Aside from time management, what are some of the other challenges in your work?
Yukari: To do all by myself (can’t do division of labor) and to find perfect drawing tools that match with me.
What advice do you have for the budding artist out there in creative land?
Yukari: Always practice and be unique in what you do. If you get stuck, you need to get courage to restart from zero too.
What kind of work do you have in store for us in 2012?
Yukari: I want to do more artworks with non-person themes.
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