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Illustration: If wild illustration is your thing then Ayumu Arisaka is the girl for you

Ayumu Arisaka is one third of Japanese illustration and animation collective Saigo No Shudan (The Last Resort). Together they make bizarre animations that consist of paintings, drawings, plasticine models, found footage, household objects and more or less anything else they can get their hands on at the time. On her own Ayumu focusses mostly on her illustration work, developing drawing skills learned at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts. Her watercolour worlds are laden with strange anthropomorphic characters that seem to take stylistic inspiration from Manga as a starting point and then go off in completely unpredictable directions depending on her whims. The resulting imagery feels naive and childlike – completely without pretence – and is utterly refreshing.

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