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Featured Artist on DBH

Hello, and long time no see! I’ve been busying away in the south of Japan since last August, and have been thoroughly enjoying it so far. My artistic practice is alive and well, and I’ve been working away at finishing a personal project by the end of the year. Recently, I was invited to be…

Japanese Illustration In Situ

For anyone who doesn’t know, I’ve been living in Japan for the last 4 months. It’s been awesome for a whole lot of reasons, but one of them is being able to see illustration in use for various applications. It’s encouraging to see so much being used for ads, poster design, packaging, book covers, newspapers,…

Studio in Kyushu, Japan

Hi all! For anyone who may be following me on Instagram will know that a few weeks ago, I was on my way to Japan. Now, I have arrived to my final destination, to the southern island of Kyushu in the Oita Prefecture, where I will be staying for the next two months. During this…

Inspiration Of The Day: Okamoto Hajime

The first time I saw Okamoto Hajime’s cat drawings, I was immediately taken in by their charm. To me, Okamoto (and so many Japanese illustrators and artists) have a quality that is hard for me to define, and yet, there is a distinct "Japanese" style to it. Whatever that is, it's something that I try…

Overcoming “Idea Purgatory”, and Bento Box Lunches of Japanese Bullet Trains

I know, I know. You’re reading the title of this post and thinking “What are you talking?”. I am talking about two different subjects altogether, but I do have a point. A rambling point, maybe, but a point nonetheless. One of the challenges I find in creating personal work, is trying to come up with…

My First Blog Post

Hellllllooooo web world! This is my debut moment into the blog sphere, so I’ll introduce myself: My name is Mika Senda, and have made my foray into the illustration world in 2017. Up until then, I’ve been working as a graphic designer (and still am), but only recently decided to take a more active approach to creating,…