If you aren't familiar with Masaki Ryo's work, you are in for a treat today. I'm a big fan of his beautiful bright fashion illustrations and am happy that Masaki has stopped by Trust Your Style today for an interview.
Masaki's clients include Caspari Inc., who recently released a line of stationary products featuring his illustrations.
Many thanks to cwc-i who translated the interview and made it possible!
mj: How would you describe your own style?
masaki: In my illustration, I express the world that I like using the technique that I like. The world that I like is mostly a feminine world - fashion and makeup, interiors, and dogs.
(I was born to parents who are tailors, and for as long as I can remember, I have been close to fabrics and sewing tools. I especially loved to look through the colorful files of fabric. Maybe because of that, although I am 100% man, I like gorgeous women's fashion more than men's, and I'm always looking at it.)
My preferred technique is to paint with a palette knife. In my recent work, I scan my paintings into a computer and put them together. Then I submit the digital file to client.
mj: Does fashion inspire or influence your work?
masaki: Fashion is a very big inspiration for me. I check the latest collections online, and when I see the actual clothing or bags or shoes in the store, my mind is very inspired and new images gush forth.
mj: Besides illustration, do you do other work, such as painting, etc.?
masaki: Lately, I haven't had the opportunity to do anything, but I'm always thinking that I want to free myself up (both mentally and time-wise) to create some artwork.
mj: What is your favorite project that you've designed so far?
masaki: I put my all into every project I take on, so I like them all. But if I must name a favorite, it would have to be my own illustrations that I have sold.
mj: In terms of your drawing style, who are your influences and how did you develop your style?
masaki: When I was trying out many different styles, one day I picked up a nearby palette knife, thought, "it might be fun to paint with this," and tried it out. It wasn't the influence of a particular person.
mj: What would your ideal project be?
masaki: It would have to be a global project. Just imagining my illustrations being seen all over the world gets me very excited.
Here's A FEW THINGS YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT MASAKI RYO
A) THE FOUR MOST STYLISH PEOPLE THAT INFLUENCED ME:
There's not one particular person. Sorry.
B) FOUR WAYS THAT STYLE MAKES THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
1 It gives people confidence
2 It makes people happy
3 It gives the streets color
4 It stimulates the economy
C) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE DESIGNERS
1 Miuccia Prada
2 Frida Giannini
3 Dolce & Gabbana
4 Charles & Ray Eames
D) FOUR JOBS I HAVE HAD IN MY LIFE:
1 Graphic designer
E) FOUR MOVIES I WOULD WATCH OVER AND OVER (AND DO):
1 Plein Soleil (René Clément)
2 A Bout de Souffle (Godard )
3 Le Grand Blue (Luc Besson)
4 Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Jacques Tati)
F) FOUR PLACES WHERE I HAVE LIVED:
1 Ishikawa Prefecture(where I was born)
G) FOUR TV SHOWS I LOVE TO WATCH:
1 Grey's Anatomy
3 Desperate Housewives
4 documentary programs
H) FOUR PLACES I HAVE BEEN ON VACATION IN THE LAST FOUR YEARS:
2 Ishikawa- ken (it soothes my soul to see the ocean at my birthplace)
3 Tokyo (there are still many places in Tokyo that I haven't visited)
I) FOUR WEBSITES I VISIT DAILY (Or at least Weekly):
J) FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS:
1 All Japanese food
2 My wife's cooking
4 All Italian food
K) FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE RIGHT NOW:
1 It's not possible, but the center of the universe
2 It's not possible, but the Tokyo of 200 years in the future
3 It's not possible, but the ancient world
4 It's not possible, but another planet