Jan 4, 2020

The Pink Tree with the Mice

"The Pink Tree with the Mice"
Acrylics, Colored Pencils, and Oil Pastels on Water Colored Paper.

It's the year of the mouse in 2020, so I painted the mice family doing Hanami in the cold winter by seeing the pink tree. It's not the cherry blossom, but I was trying to paint a tree to make everyone feels warmness. Some of my friends lost their family members and their pets last year, and I wanted to something for them, but there is not much thing that I could do.... I hope this tree makes them feel warmer....
The river is representing the sad feeling and also the deep memories of their family and pets. The pink tree grows up by the water of the river, and it's warm around the tree even in winter. The subtle glitters are coming down from the tree like the rain, melted into the land, and became like the nutrition for the snow flowers around the tree.
I'm wishing you all a peaceful and healthy year!!

Jan 6, 2019

Uribo on the Jomon Pottery

"Uribo on the Jomon Pottery"
Acrylics, Colored Pencils, Ink, and Pens on the Water Color Paper.

It's the year of the boar in 2019, so I draw the baby boar called "Uribo" in Japanese.
I went to the exhibition of Jomon period in summer in Tokyo, and I was really inspired by the potteries!! The Jomon period might have began about 15000 years ago and last until 2300 years ago. The complicated organic designs are powerful yet elegant, and I felt like the potteries are even alive. So I wanted to add the patterns for my new year's card! The Jomon design in my illustration is not the wall, but it's part of the huge Jomon pottery, and it has the water inside. The tiny Uribo is on the edge of the pottery after so much journeys to climb the maze of the huge pottery. Some characters like birds and fish live in the holes, so they help him to reach to the top of it.
Wishing you a peaceful year and your dreams come true!

Jan 7, 2018

Baby Magda and the White Dog

"Baby Magda and the White Dog"
Acrylics and colored pencils
on water color paper.

Many years ago, I made the character, Magda, the odd eyed cat. She was separated from her family by accident when she was little, but she was found by a white dog in the cold snow day. The dog is taking her to his house in the pink garden where is warm even in the winter.

It's the story I just made up after I painted this. I hope someday I can make the children's book with this idea.

Wishing you all a warm winter!

The Gate of Cat & Dog

"The Gate of Cat & Dog"
Acrylics, colored pencils, and pen
on water color paper.

It's the new illustration of 3 Memames the peas and the girl with the green hair.
They are still continuing their journey and arrived to the new country with the gate of cat and dog.
They look like the statues but are alive, so they will kick the unexpected violent visitors.
Hope Memames and the girl are accepted to go through the gate....

It's the year of the dog, but there is no year of the cat, so I just let them sit together. I got the ideas form the Egyptian art.

Wishing you all a peaceful year with your family and friends!

Jan 8, 2017

"Piyos, Mushrooms, and Mermaid Bird"

"Piyos, Mushrooms, and Mermaid Bird"
Acrylics, Colored Pencils, and Pen.

Piyos are the yellow rounded birds, the big one and two little ones. The little ones are super slow to walk, so they are on the heads of the twin mushrooms.

The mermaid bird is the younger version of the previous drawing, "The Mermaid with the Bird". When she grows up, like the drawing, her wings are separated and become a big bird.

I was thinking to draw the peaceful and fun place where the fish can swim in the sky.
I'm wishing the same for us....

Jan 1, 2017

"The Mermaid with the Bird"

It's the year of the rooster, but I drew the big bird instead. Sorry Rooster, I don't hate you but I just wanted to draw a whimsical bird. It's on the shoulder of the mermaid who also has a wing. I was thinking the image of the two opposite worlds, the sky and sea, are united and make the peaceful and bight place. 

Wishing you all the peaceful, healthy, and sharing year of 2017!

"The Mermaid with the Bird"
I drew it by scratching the black board with the warm color layer underneath. 

Jan 3, 2016

Pago in the Elven Garden

It's the year of monkey, but I draw Pago, the pancake gorilla. He always puts the pancake on his head as a hat but eats it when he is hungry, and of course he shares it with his best friend, the rounded bird and also elves this time! They are visiting in the tiny elves' garden.

I went to old towns in south Germany few months ago, and I just wanted to to add something I had seen there. I especially loved the orange-roof houses in Rothenburg. It was a great experience to see the contrast of the dark history and beautiful decorative buildings.

Wishing you all the peaceful, healthy, and sharing year of 2016!

"Pago in the Elven Garden"
Acrylics and colored pencils on the watercolor paper.

Jan 3, 2015

 "The Dream of the Sheep" Acrylic on Canvas. The bean brothers and the girl are continuing the journey. The sheep is flying like the cloud and carrying the berry.I hope you all are surrounded by warmness this sheep year! 

Dec 30, 2013

The Dream of the Flying Horse

It's going to be the year of the horse next year!
It's one of "the dream series" of my illustrations with the green-hair girl and three peas. They are going on the journey in different places.
The first one was with the pink elephant, second one was with the smiling camel, and this is the third one with the flying horse!

Acrylics and inks on the watercolor paper.

Wishing you all have a wonderful new year 2014!

Jul 15, 2013

"dpi" Illustration Magazine in Taiwan

My illustrations and interview was featured on "dpi" illustration magazine in Taiwan for 6 pages! Since I haven't done the freelance jobs for a while, I'm not sure how they could find my illustrations....
Hope someday I can go back to the freelance illustrator....
Thank you so much, people who works in the dip magazine in Taiwan!!


dpi Vol. 171

Jan 4, 2013

"The Owls and the Turquoise Flow" Acrylics on Canvas  © 2013 fumikoala

It's been a while since I updated the last post... 
I wish you all the warm and happy new year 2013!! 
It's the year of snake, so I painted the huge snake flying in the sky on the background as the turquoise flow.

Jan 5, 2012

The Sea Dragon

It's been a year since I updated the last post... Time goes so fast....  I was really lucky that all my family, my friends, and I are not affected seriously by the 3.11 earthquake disaster. It still remains so much problems, and I just wish that things get better....

Talking about myself, I got the full-time job right before the disaster, and I've been working as the surface designer for interior and products at the printing company. I don't have much time to create the new art but finally had a chance to make the new year's card.

I painted the sea horse. It's the year of dragon in Chinese zodiac in 2012, and we call the sea horse as the baby dragon in Japanese.

I just wish you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful year 2012.

"The Sea Dragon"
Acrylic and ink on watercolor paper.
I just wanted to paint something peaceful using the icon of the dragon. The little scrolls are representing the wishes and hopes.
The little bubbles are born from the deep cold sea, fly to the sky, and gather with everyone to create the warm cloud.

Dec 21, 2010

The Snow Bunny Festival

The Snow Bunny Festival
It's going to be the year of rabbit in 2011, so I created the snow bunny illustration. The bunnies are making the huge bunnies with the snow on top of their houses. They use the leaves for the ears, and the berries for the eyes.
Acrylics, ink, and the colored pencil on paper.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season!


"Laconic" and Holiday Cards

 My postcard illustration for the jewelry store "Laconic" was featured on the Malaysian fashion magazine "NEW ICON for him"! I wish I could read Chinese.... Thanks so much, Laconic!!!
and my ex-co-worker from the design studio in NY sent me the boxes of the holiday cards that I designed before!! I've created hundreds of the greeting cards but never been able to find them in any store.... I'm so happy to see them!!!  One on the left was in Spanish!! Thank you~~!!

"Laconic Jewelry Postcard" Illustration

The Boxes of the Holiday Cards!!

Dec 19, 2010

No Smoking Poster

No Smoking Poster #2
No Smoking Poster #1
Wishing you a happy and healthy rest of the year and the new year!!
 These are the licensed designs. Contact me if you are interested in using them!


Nov 28, 2010

The Wedding Bunny Balloon

The Wedding Bunny Balloon
My best friend just got married!!
Congratulations, Yuyu!!
My bunnies are the symbols of happiness, peace, and love :)
Best wishes for you two!!

Acrylics and ink on canvas.


この絵はウェルカムボード、色紙、”結婚しました” ポストカード(来年は卯年なので、年賀状も兼ねてます)用に描きました。

Nov 4, 2010

Pinguins, the Pink Penguins

ピンクペンギンの ぴんぎん絵本の新しい絵が3つほどできました〜。デザインフェスタ(ブース# F-176)で紙芝居をやるので、遊びに来て下さいね。

These are the new illos for my children's book " Pinguins, the Pink Penguin". I'll be showing these at Design Festa (my booth # is F-176). Looking forward to seeing you all!

Oct 21, 2010

Pago's Children's Book

Here is my children's book "PAGO, the Pancake Gorilla". I'm still looking for the publisher! Anyone? Anywhere?
I'll be showing the Pago's book and Pinguin book with some new color illustrations @ DK Shirogane's booth at Design Festa next month. He is the figure making professional and made Pago and Pinguins. I will be selling the new postcards of Pago and Pinguins. If you have a chance, please come!

@Tokyo Big Sight West
Nov. 6th (Sat) and 7th (Sun), 2010   11AM - 7PM
Booth F-176 "DK Shirogane"
Lawson ticket  L-code: 39489 

ぱごちゃんとぴんぎんのフィギュアを作ってくれたDKしろがねさんのブースにて紙芝居をすることになりました〜。ただいまぴんぎん絵本のカラーの絵を増やしております〜。フィギュアとポストカード販売をします〜。 ぜひお友達をさそってみにきてください〜(^__^)/


Thanks soooooo much for coming to the exhibition!! I'm so glad to see you all and spent great time.
I put some photos of you here, but if you have problem showing your face online, please let me know! It should be small enough, no one could recognize that is you, I think ;p If you want the bigger size images, let me know!

”fumikoala展”に来て下さったみなまさ、NALUcafeのスタッフの方々、本当にどうもありがとうございました! たくさんの方に見て頂き、うれしいメッセージもたくさん頂き幸せなひとときでした! 写真載せちゃいましたが〜顔が分からないくらい小さくしたのですが、もしお困りでしたらご連絡ください〜!写真が欲しい方もメールくださいね〜。

Oct 4, 2010

The Reception and the "Yumekon", the Charity Concert

第7回彩の国ゆめコンサート終わりました〜。たくさんのじーんとくるすてきな歌を聴いて感動して涙がでました。大きなスクリーンに私の絵が写っていました〜らら〜〜。あと車いすの人たちが楽しそうに手を叩いてる姿もかわいくて、みていてうれしくなりました。 参加させてもらえて本当によかったです。どうもありがとうございました。
The charity concert was really successful! I was so impressed by all the artists and so happy to get involved. It was a really heart-warming concert, and I just want to thank everyone who was there!! My illustration was on the back screen when my friend was singing.  All the people on the wheel chairs were so excited and it's just so nice to see their happy faces.

NALUcafe(渋谷区神宮前4-9-2神宮前MMビル1F) にて個展がはじまりました。なんとDKしろがねさんが作ったぴんぎん兄弟(ピンクペンギン)とぱごちゃん(パンケーキゴリラ)のフィギュアも展示/販売しております!樹脂でひとつひとつ丁寧に作られた作品です。ぜひ絵本と一緒に見ていって下さい!原画も含めて30点以上展示してあります。詳しくはこちらです。
These are the photos from my solo exhibition @ NALU cafe Omotesando, Tokyo.  I brought about 30 pieces including 2 children's book dummies. And my friend made the figures of Pinguis (pink penguins) and Pago (Pancake Gorilla)!!! These are made by the resin, and the quality is sooooo great!! Check DK Shirogane's website to see more detail pics, and the reception details are here.

The reception is on Oct. 9th Sat. 6-8pm. If you have a chance, please come and join!! It's not the party but I just want to enjoy eating and drinking together with everyone. If you cannot make it, I'll be there also on 10th at the lunch time. Hope I can meet you there!

Sep 13, 2010

The Song of the Flowers

”第7回 彩の国ゆめコンサート”

2010. 10. 2 (土)彩の国さいたま芸術劇場
小ホール (320席 車いす席あり)
開場17:00 開演17:30 終演20:00
チケット 前売り・当日 1900円  ご予約  090-9324-4661(大野) 
"Sainokuni (Saitama-city) Dream Concert vol.7"

Oct. 2nd, 2010 @ Saitama-city Art Theater 
5:30PM - 8PM     Ticket 1900yen
It's the charity concert for the disabled people.
It's a shame that the welfare system in Japan is really bad and behind. It was shocking to know that the disabled people didn't have the same rights as the healthy people. My friend Yu Asagiri a.k.a. Dacco, on the wheel chair for her entire life, has been fighting to change the unfair laws for them.  She started this charity concert in 2003 and tried to connect people with music and art.
Please come to the show to feel their amazing energy, and it is going to be a big help for them and also encourage them!  
My illustration will be on the back screen when my other friend Yoko sings the song of the flowers. I used the acrylics and colored pencils on the watercolor paper. The Hibiscus fairy is playing "sanshin", the traditional instrument from Okinawa, the south islands of Japan. Her father will play it while she is singing.  I'll sell some postcards at the entrance.
If you don't speak Japanese and have a problem buying the ticket or have any other questions, please feel fee to contact me.
Hope to see you all!!