Jan 2020 - ongoing: New Storefronts
Imagining retro stores that would fit perfectly into modern or future Tokyo.
Continuing with my previous “Tokyo Storefronts” illustrations series and book, I’m trying to imagine more uniques shops that I would love to see on the streets of a city like Tokyo.
Based on prompts from my fans on YouTube and my ideas, I’m creating illustrations of storefronts that, if existed, would bring more color, character, and fun into the often dull, modern cityscapes. Though, while designing these fantastic buildings, I’m aiming for shops that are essentially realistic and could be brought into existence.
01 “Megane Ikeda” - An opticians salon. making-of video…
02 “Morishita typewriters” - Typewriters and word processors shop and repairs.
03 “Chiakra Tofu” - Makers of the best tofu and nattō in the neighborhood.
04 “Studio Mamiko” - Once a photo studio, currently a shop selling retro photo cameras and specializing in developing photos shot on film.
05 “Morikawa Stamps” - A shop selling order-made Japanese seals (name stamps) for your everyday contract signing needs. Also nameplates, diplomas, etc.
06 “Gasaido” - Including bits of Art Nouveau design and inspired by French storefronts, this shop sells art supplies and stationery.
All the illustrations from this series are available as prints on my INPRNT store.
- Medium: HOLBEIN Waterford white 300g/m hot press cotton paper
- Lines: IndiGraph EF foountain pen + Kakimori ink
- Colours: Mijello Mission Gold pure pigments watercolors