I’ve loved Araki Koman since the first time I laid my eyes on her Instagram page. It’s more than this 29-yr old French illustrator’s illustrations, graphic design & photography – it’s her style, it’s her vibe, it’s the hard work we see her put in with her challenges. Anyone who has me on WhatsApp can testify to my obsession (I’ve been using your work as display photos, Araki) or anyone who’s seen my past two desktop wallpapers.
Her work is equal parts simple and complex – showing how a few twisted, curled and filled-in lines can cause a visceral reaction.
From this interview, Araki tells us: “I am a visual artist and graphic designer and I have always been interested in travelling and discovering other cultures. I’ve lived in 5 countries so far and I speak 3 languages, French, English and Mandarin Chinese. Currently learning Japanese.” Her interest in travel, identity and diversity of cultures is very obvious from her work.
You should read this interview where she discusses feeling more French when she’s away from France, the constant questioning of her identity that influences her work, her connection to fashion that is linked to tradition, immigration and anthropology. And then this one where she talks about why she resonates the most with Björk and why she’s so attracted to Japan! Then she talks about her creative process with For Creative Girls.
Doing live illustration with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) was a true challenge! Talking with different people while drawing, when my attention capacity is already so low, made me either draw akward characters or say akward things 😂 I am usually hyperfocused on one thing/person or completely distracted, especially in groups. 📷 @lyria_m
All photos from her Pages.