Japanese Artist’s Puzzling “Spot the Killer” Murder Mystery Has Net Baffled

Japanese Artist’s Puzzling “Spot the Killer” Murder Mystery Has Net Baffled

Japanese illustrator Shida has a talent for dark and thought-provoking artwork that has just enough detail combined with an air of mystery that invites you to fill in the blanks by imagining a story to go along with it. That’s probably a big reason why Shida has been able to befuddle so many with a simple question accompanying a murder-mystery themed illustration: “Who killed that girl with the red hair?” Continue reading »

The Japanese Cat with Over 100 Cosplay Costumes

The Japanese Cat with Over 100 Cosplay Costumes

Nausicaä, The Catbus and Super Mario are just some of the characters in this feline’s impressive collection.

Cosplay culture is so big in Japan it isn’t just reserved for humans anymore — these days, animals like cats, dogs, and even squirrels have been known to dress up in costume and pose for the cameras like a teenager on the streets of Harajuku. Continue reading »

Japanese Hobbyist’s Mind-Blowing Models Look Exactly Like Anime Stills

Japanese Hobbyist’s Mind-Blowing Models Look Exactly Like Anime Stills

Japanese Twitter user and modeling enthusiast Annkoromoti crafts and paints many plastic models, particularly those from Mobile Suit Gundam and Macross. However, where the annokoromoti’s models stand out is that they don’t simply put them together out of a box, but actually turn them into artistic dioramas that look as if they could double as an anime still. Continue reading »

Japanese Artist Creates Epic Anime Costumes For His Cats

Japanese Artist Creates Epic Anime Costumes For His Cats

If you’re a fan of cats, anime, and adorable cats dressed in tiny anime costumes, this one is going to be a treat. Apparently, there’s a talented Japanese man likes to create handmade anime costumes for his two cute cats and you can find his beautiful creations on his Twitter account. Continue reading »

Artist Created These 10 Beautiful Paintings Of Studio Ghibli Characters In Nature

Artist Created These 10 Beautiful Paintings Of Studio Ghibli Characters In Nature

According to Déborah Maradan: “Studio Ghibli movies have touched a wide range of people of all ages over the years. The combination of beautiful visuals, compelling stories, spectacular animation, and breathtaking music make these my favorite animated movies to watch. Continue reading »

The Incredible Psychedelic Paintings Of Yoko d’Holbachie From The Other Side Of The Rainbow

The Incredible Psychedelic Paintings Of Yoko d’Holbachie From The Other Side Of The Rainbow

Yoko d’Holbachie was born in 1971 in Yokohama, Japan. She studied Art and design at Tama Art University in Tokyo. She has worked as a freelance designer for advertisements, books, magazines, and video games. Continue reading »

Japanese Illustrator’s ‘Real Museum Girls’ Series Reinterprets Classic Paintings In Social Networking Age

Japanese Illustrator’s 'Real Museum Girls' Series Reinterprets Classic Paintings In Social Networking Age

As you can guess from the header image showing Vermeer’s “The Girl with a Pearl Earring” and Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” enjoying selfies together, this article introduces a series of illustrations which reinterpret classic paintings with a modern twist, imagining the women in candid moments capturing their lives on social media. Continue reading »

“Laughing Tears, Crying Smile”: The Superb Illustration Art Works Of Julia Zhuravleva

"Laughing Tears, Crying Smile": The Superb Illustration Art Works Of Julia Zhuravleva

Julia Zhuravleva is a Moscow-based Russian illustrator and comic book artist. In her works she often turns to the theme of Russian folklore. Sometimes her works are filled with sadness, melancholia and surrealism, but more often they are imbued with light and purity. Continue reading »

Japanese Artist’s Stunning Photograph-esque Illustrations Look Like A Charming Anime

Japanese Artist’s Stunning Photograph-esque Illustrations Look Like A Charming Anime

It’s hard to look at the illustrations of Kouki Ikegami and not feel as if you’re looking at the concept art for a gorgeous anime film. The talented illustrator has a beautiful way of turning simple everyday surroundings into charming and nostalgic worlds of art. Two renditions of his gorgeous “A large cloud and small railroad crossing” based off of Kusatsu Station in Shiga prefecture. Continue reading »

Canadian Artist Turns Popular Brands Into Stylish Anime Characters

Canadian Artist Turns Popular Brands Into Stylish Anime Characters

Canadian artist Sillvi (previously) of Sillvi studios has built quite the artistic reputation for turning popular brands–whether they be fast food, social media, or soda–into impressive anime character illustrations. Continue reading »

Life, Death And Dreams: The Beautiful And Fashionable Art Of Shikimi

Life, Death And Dreams: The Beautiful And Fashionable Art Of Shikimi

A Tokyo-based illustrator with a broad fan base, Shikimi combines a refined sensibility for fashion and design, an ability to create striking compositions, and an an eye for detail and aesthetic balance, resulting in exquisite and detailed tableaus centered on characters. Continue reading »

French Artist Creates Miniature Papercut Anime Characters

French Artist Creates Miniature Papercut Anime Characters

Paper cutouts of cartoon characters have evolved into a meme known as Paper Child with a community on deviantART by the name of #paperchildREVOLUTION dedicated to the craft. The basic idea behind the ongoing, user-submitted project is to take photos of creatively composed paper characters against a real-life backdrop. Continue reading »

This Guy Was Bullied In School For Being Gay, Now His Cosplay Is Taking Over Instagram

This Guy Was Bullied In School For Being Gay, Now His Cosplay Is Taking Over Instagram

Jonathan Stryker is a cosplayer from Miami, Florida whose incredible cosplaying skills will put everyone to shame. He gained most of his media attention by dressing up as Disney princes and Johny Depp characters for 10 days. Continue reading »

Japanese Modeler’s Terrifying Scarecrows Pit Cthulhu And Silent Hill Against Birds

Japanese Modeler’s Terrifying Scarecrows Pit Cthulhu And Silent Hill Against Birds

Imagine driving down a lone, winding road in the Japanese countryside late at night, with only the sound of your heartbeat and engine to comfort you until you run into an unspeakable terror. That’s the situation several have found themselves in when coming across one of Japanese figure maker and modeler @harigilly’s uniquely terrifying scarecrows. Continue reading »

Anime Style Body Paint Model Dazzles With The Most Colorful Fashion In Japan

Anime Style Body Paint Model Dazzles With The Most Colorful Fashion In Japan
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Ishoku hada (異色肌), “different colored skin” or “unique skin” may not be the most practical form of Japanese creative fashion, but it’s definitely the most colorful. Continue reading »

The Moody, Mysterious World Of Pixel Artist, Illustrator And Videographer APO

The Moody, Mysterious World Of Pixel Artist, Illustrator And Videographer APO

Pixel artist, illustrator and videographer APO depicts worlds both familiar and strange in his pixel artworks. Influenced by works like Blade Runner and Ghibli movies he watched in his youth, APO’s subjects range from realistic urban landscapes and beautiful natural scenery, to cyberpunk and science-fiction vignettes. Continue reading »

“Boyfriend Hug” Speakers Are The Perfect Way To Look Absolutely Normal In Public

"Boyfriend Hug" Speakers Are The Perfect Way To Look Absolutely Normal In Public

What about when you want to feel safe and secure by being wrapped in fake-muscly arms when you’re on the go? You don’t want to look like some weirdo, dragging around a headless body-pillow with you while you’re out and about. Continue reading »

Unknown Artist Creates Amazing Studio Ghibli Anime Character Moss Murals In Countryside

Unknown Artist Creates Amazing Studio Ghibli Anime Character Moss Murals In Countryside

On a moss wall between the city of Chichibu and village of Higashi Chichibu, an unknown artist has created incredible art on a moss wall inspired by the films of Studio Ghibli. Continue reading »

Japanese Illustrator Enchants Twitter With Magical ‘Full Moon Coffee Shop’ That Only Appears To Exhausted People

Japanese Illustrator Enchants Twitter With Magical ‘Full Moon Coffee Shop’ That Only Appears To Exhausted People

In the famously overworked country of Japan, many people are on the look out for the ultimate way to chill out after a hard days work, resulting in establishments like cat cafes and sleep cafes popping up in the cities. Continue reading »

“Salt In Your Wounds”: The Astonishing Fantasy Works Of Zeen Chin

"Salt In Your Wounds": The Astonishing Fantasy Works Of Zeen Chin

Zeen Chin is a self-taught artist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Drawing upon a mysterious well of horror films, memories, and mysticism, his digital paintings are wildly elegant and unpredictable; scrolling from one image to the next, you can never predict (nor comprehend) what you will see next. Continue reading »

The Strikingly Unique And Colorful Art Of Hiroyuki-Mitsume Takahashi

The Strikingly Unique And Colorful Art Of Hiroyuki-Mitsume Takahashi

Designer and artist Hiroyuki-Mitsume Takahashi is known internationally for his vividly colored illustrations which seem to resonate with multiple strands of Japanese and global youth culture. Traditional Japanese aesthetics and science fiction, sacred Buddhist iconography and profane symbols, street culture and high culture, the soft, organic and kawaii body intersected and interfaced with the hard, inorganic and the digital, Eros and Thanatos, tentacle fetish and oral fixation, war and peace, all of these seem to find expression at various junctures in his work. Continue reading »

“Atlas Obscura”: The Magnificent Illustration Work Of Artist Kevin Hong

"Atlas Obscura": The Magnificent Illustration Work Of Artist Kevin Hong

Kevin Hong is an Illustrator born and raised in New York. His work draws from his passion for anime and manga, classic JRPGs, video games, woodblock prints, and the internet. He graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in 2015. Continue reading »

Twin Girls Have Awesome Twin Cosplays Featuring Creepy And Cool Anime, Movie, And TV Characters

Twin Girls Have Awesome Twin Cosplays Featuring Creepy And Cool Anime, Movie, And TV Characters

Meet Chihiro and Chiaki: two girls are eleven-year-old twins, and have been cosplaying since they were three. They may be young, but they aren’t too young to show off their awesome cosplay skills, which feature characters from all kinds of genres and mediums. Based on their Instagram account, they have a fairly wide array of costumes in their portfolio, including cute, cool, and creepy characters. Continue reading »

Happy Cats, Coffee Shops And Carefree Times In TAO’s Cheerful, Detailed And Nostalgic Illustrations

Happy Cats, Coffee Shops And Carefree Times In TAO’s Cheerful, Detailed And Nostalgic Illustrations

As she explains on her Tumblr profile, Sapporo-based illustrator TAO is particularly fond of cats, Showa Era things, and sneakers. With their cheerful tone and kawaii characters enjoying relaxing moments, coffee mug in hand, her artwork will surely put a smile on your face or dispel any clouds hanging over your head. Continue reading »

Kawaii, Fetish, Bizarre, Cruel: The Art Of GENk

Kawaii, Fetish, Bizarre, Cruel: The Art Of GENk

The fearful is beautiful, the horrific is erotic. Both kawaii and fear coexist in his paintings. The adorable and the strange based on bloody fantasy and insanity with a tinge of the occult. Even in his most intensely individual works, many people have been charmed by the alluring gazes of the girls in his paintings and by his beautiful expressions of blood. Combining elements of the kawaii, the fetish, the erotic and the cruel, GENk’s paintings are both visually arresting and alluring, disturbing and enticing. Continue reading »