Manga-inspired illustration continues to impress and inspire me. Thanks to Tumblr, a great source for illustration from all around the globe, I was able to find Matsuo Hiromi.
Manga-heavy with a splash of Mucha and Art Nouveau, Hiromi’s art is classy, frilly, stunningly elegant. Though I’m fairly certain it’s digital , it has a very traditional feeling to it, through use of soft water-colors and textures.
I love that she’s taken extra time to focus on the little details in her clothing and jewelry. My eye is drawn to so many elements here; her whimsical curly hair with purple peacock feathers, the jeweled drop necklace, her layered lacey top, the delicate rings on her fingers, the criss-crossing lace on her leggings… everything was painstakingly thought out and beautifully rendered.
Hiromi’s sense of fashion and style is astounding. The dresses she comes up with are absolutely gorgeous and have amazing textures: silky, frilly, pleated, you name it. The accessories and hair on her subjects always complement their outfit. The background here is pretty as well, rendered in warm purples and yellows to bring out the soft greens in her corset and gloves.
All of her women have soft dewy eyes, windswept expressions drawing you further into their world. Her grasp of nature and architecture on top of fashion is really astounding. Having the rigid structure behind her contrast with the flowing soft flowers provides a beautiful contrast and really shows off her skills.
The art nouveau elements in her style really help frame her characters and give a classy edge to the work. Just as much attention is given to clothing, furniture and backgrounds as is given to the girl here.
Her color palettes are soft, luscious, warm and inviting, reminiscent of spring and summer. They look slightly yellowed and vintage, as if the viewer is remembering a dream or a party from long ago. By using outlines in different colors than black, such as brown and pink, or by leaving them out all together, her dreamy colors are really able to shine.
Her work looks like it gets published a lot, both through books and products. I won’t lie; if I saw her illustration on a package of eyeshadow I would be strongly inclined to buy it! You’re welcome to visit her website, though it may be a bit tricky to navigate since it’s in japanese. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find an english source to purchase any of her work and it doesn’t seem to be available through amazon.com/ca, either. If you’d like to see more of her work, you can search for it through tumblr or visit a mirror of her work here.