Hi, my name is Yoko and I am a Japanese illustrator based in Portland Oregon, U.S. After graduating art university with a BFA, I worked in the children's books industry for several years. Today, I focus and enjoy editorial, advertising, and book works. When I'm not drawing, I enjoy cooking and baking for my sons, hiking in summer.
I am a positive, open-minded, flexible and dead-line-oriented person.
Style, Tools & File Type
My style is strong shapes with some textures for extra expression. Also I love to play and experiment with different styles to create the best solution for my clients wishes. I'm a digital artist and work with high resolution raster. My go to tools are Procreate and Adobe Photoshop in order to achieve and personal quality to the work.
My next goal
Not limiting myself, commission for jigsaw puzzles, calendars and deck of cards illustrations, cook books / food and lifestyle magazine's spot illustrations, even more like covers, spreads and full pages. Those things sounds glamorous.
FULL POUR Magazine
PER FIN PRO Magazine
StarShefs Rising Star
The Art of Eating Magazine
Waitrose Food Magazine
"Yoko made fantastically whimsical illustrations for a couple feature stories for us and knocked them out of the park. They really elevated the storytelling. She was a pleasure to work with, met very tight deadlines, and I look forward to working with her again."
Brian McManus, Global Editorial Director, NMGnetwork
"Yoko was fast, responsive, and good."
Edward Behr, Publisher, Editor, The Art of Eating Magazine
"Yoko did fantastic work for the Japanese food issue of our Waitrose magazine. She knew what exactly Japanese cuisine looks like, her illustration style describes every single detail of them in a fresh and sophisticated way. Also she was very responsive and able to deliver what I needed ahead of schedule.Yoko is lovely to work with."
Kerry Wakefield, Deputy Creative Director / Art Director, Waitrose Food Magazine