It comes with a silver foil-pressed dust jacket, 320 pages in full color, more than 500 pieces of artwork included, text in both Japanese and English. You can purchase this book through Amazon.co.jp., and they will ship worldwide.
I love art books. They are called gashu in Japanese. “Gashu!” sounds a bit like a sneeze, but my mind came up with the words “gashu-nut.” Of course, this is from “cashew nut” and being nuts about something is to be crazy about it, so it’s a good fit. Now I was really starting to chase my tail.
I don’t often work in animation, draw manga or create 3-D objects. My focus has always been on drawing stand-alone pictures (flat stills). Even so, there was a point when I fretted myself into a mental block over the limitations of working within four corners and on unrelenting flat surfaces. Wondering if I should try working in 3-D to get out of my slump, I remembered the proverb about patience, ishi no ue ni mo san nen, literally, “three years on a stone,” meaning: persevere, even a stone will warm up if you sit on it long enough. In my case it was more like “10 years under a rock.” That’s how long it took for me to discover my niche as an illustrator. I explored a lot of possibilities during that time, but ended up back where I started, with 2-D work. I’ve realized that giving my all, within a plain and four corners, suits me. I find it infinitely satisfying.
I began this journey with my sights fixed on mainstream illustration work and inched forward in that direction until one day I realized how much time had passed, how much older I had become and that although I was striding determinedly forward, the mainstream seemed to have veered off in another direction. I am delighted to have my own gashu! art book. I am grateful to everyone involved.
The majority of this partial collection of what I have produced as an illustrator over the past 28 years, is work I did for clients. In birthing these pieces, there isn’t one I didn’t struggle with. What should I draw? How can I make it work? I hope you enjoy them.