Inspiration Friday: Junzo Terada

As part of a happy accident, I came across the Japanese illustrator, graphic and fabric designer Junzo Terada. I was ordering something else on the internet, when I saw a letterset by Terada. It immediately made me so happy, I just had to have it! And then I came across a notebook, which was not only absolutely beautiful, but also printed on 100% recycled paper with soy-based ink. Hooray!

If you have children, you might just already be familiar with Terada’s drawings. He portrays humanly animals, but because of the vintage feel to it, I prefer these designs to many other modern funny drawings of animals. His choice of color and the faded glow make it suitable for adult-use as well I think, because it becomes more design than your usual children’s stationery. And even though I’m not much of a color-user wth my own work, I find these drawings very inspiring.

I tried to find information about Terada on the internet, but it’s hard to find much. There’s a mini-interview with him on the Chronicle Books website, but it’s not very elaborate. I guess the most interesting thing I can find about this Japanese artist who’s been working for more than 30 years, is that the only thing he needs for his creative process is paper and a pencil. Phew! I’m of the paper-and-pen(cil) school of drawing too, despite some people telling me it is absolutely necessary I learn Illustrator to be a real illustrator in 2012.

So I’ve shared a brief story about Junzo Terada with you because I find his work very inspiring. I love the use of color, I love his style, and I love how his style is so very distintive. I hope he inspires you too! And if your Japanese is way better than mine, you might want to take a look at this website. Apparently it’s his, but I don’t know, because I can’t read a word it says!

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