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Girls with big eyes - We talked to Japanese illustrator Hikari Yamazaki about art, passion and creativity

Hikari Yamazaki is a very talented Japanese illustrator. She calls herself Hikacha and I’ve been obsessed with her style for years now. I like the high school girl’s note book…
Girls with big eyes

We talked to Japanese illustrator Hikari Yamazaki about art, passion and creativity

Hikari Yamazaki is a very talented Japanese illustrator. She calls herself Hikacha and I’ve been obsessed with her style for years now. I like the high school girl’s note book full of random scribbles and thoughts as much as the big size paintings. It’s street art, but not only in a girly way. It contains a strong power in combination with sex and dreams.

I’m always excited to see new posts on your drawing blog. Can you tell us a little about those girls in your work and what motivated you to start drawing?

The girls in my work are definitely reflecting my inferiority complex. Like if my eyes were bigger and eyelashes were longer. If my boobs and butt looked hotter. So it’s totally my image of the ideal women actually. Sexy and dreamy? Super! And those funny creatures surrounding the girls, they’re my image of their boyfriends or friends who stand by them. They’re always on their side.

When I went to art university, one of the instructors who saw my notebook full of scribbles, suggested me to draw like that more and more. I was majoring graphic design, so I used to know and supposed to be a designer after graduation. But one day I noticed myself that I’m more into drawing than designing. So in a way, I’m deeply grateful to my professors. Thank you for letting me go my own way.

Some years ago while being a student, I passed the illustration competition by Digmeout, the association which supports young Japanese artists. It was how my career as an illustrator started.

I’ve been drawing since I was old enough to hold a pen, after school I used to draw manga everyday and was so into it when I was a school girl. Nothing has changed at all. As a little kid you’ve got a strong passion. I keep drawing pictures. Everyday. I don’t really care if people like my work or not, the most important thing is be always honest to myself. Just like a little girl, even if I’m getting older.

Hikari Yamazaki

You were born in 1988, grew up in Tokyo and spent your teenage life through the 2000′s. Did you like it? What has influenced your illustrations?

Well, it’s Sagamihara where I live, the city which is a suburb area in Kanagawa prefecture, approximately 45 kilometres away from Tokyo. So it’s still a bit far from uptown Tokyo like Shibuya or Harajuku, but I’ve been attracted to Gyaru life. So I decided to go to a high school which was close. At the time, I was more into girl stuff like makeup, boys and fashion than drawing. After school I used to go to Shibuya like everyday to hang out with friends there.

Shopping at Shibuya 109, singing Karaoke, having fun at Purikura… Typical Tokyo girl’s stuff. So my illustrations have greatly influenced by those things. I loved to be a teenager in the 2000′s, because so many kinds of Gyaru fashion and styles came up, it was exciting and fun. I also like to see street graffiti art so I often get inspiration from it. So my style wouldn’t be the same without Tokyo pop culture, that’s for sure.

Hikari Yamazaki

I’m following you on Instagram as well, it seems to be another great way for connecting with your fans besides your blog and Twitter. How is the reaction to it?

Yeah, I love it! Thank you for following me. Well, I really enjoy it because each comment and “Like it” I receive from people in various countries make my day. At first, I didn’t get the point to keep uploading my scribbles expressly and how worth it is. But one day, I got a “Like it” from my favorite artist and I just couldn’t be happier. Since then I noticed that it’s actually really worth to keep showing my work to the world. It also might lead to a chance getting a new job. So I can easily get to know what others feel and how they like my work. It’s surely one of the greatest tools. As it is now, I got into the habit of uploading them on Instagram every time I draw something. Well, it’s simply awesome, isn’t it?

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