In the year 2020, Yoshioka is writing new works in order to open up a new world for herself. One of his works has been submitted to this exhibition. One of his new works is shown below.
This artist's work is characterized by an exquisite light touch. Perhaps it is because Yoshioka herself is a video game enthusiast, but the world and characters she draws as an extension of her love for games make me feel as if they are about to start moving in a role-playing game, or perhaps I want them to start moving. As a layman who has never worked in the game industry, I can't speak for myself, but I am sure that something drawn by Yoshioka-san will be moving in our field of vision in the future, and this gives me hope and anticipation. I mean, he's already working on it. In 2018, the trajectory of Yoshioka's work was strongly engraved in the minds of those who saw it and those who wanted to see it, including the cover of the latest American comic book of the classic game Bloodborne.
I suddenly think of the ordinary. It may sound cheesy to say that these are fantastic and fantastical, but how do you compose and draw them in your brain? Above all, many of Yoshioka's works give me a light and sweet impression. Yes, I feel "beauty.
To be honest, I don't have much access to information about artists other than SNS, which is basically the biggest source of information for many illustrators. I hope that this page will be a good opportunity for the fans who follow Yoshioka's works. I'd like to ask you a few questions, taking the pressure off myself to make it a good opportunity.
Q1: This is a common question to all of you, but when did you start painting? And at what point did you decide to make painting your career?
A. I remember drawing something since I was a child, but I didn't start drawing properly until about four years ago. I drew pictures as a way to relax, and then I started to receive requests from people who saw my work, which turned into a job.
Q2: What made you decide on your current style? Also, you like games, don't you (laughs)?
A. I love them...lol. I like games with a fantasy world view, so I think my style is strongly influenced by the games I've played.
Q3: What kind of image do you have in mind when you create a work that depicts a world that cannot be imagined in this world?
A. I approach my work as if I were creating a box garden. I decide what kind of scene or world I want to create, and then I fill it with what I want to draw. Sometimes I put down what I want to draw first, and then build a frame around it.
Q4: I heard that you are planning to publish a book of your works this year. What kind of "Yoshioka" world will you show to your fans?
A. I plan to make a collection of illustrations based on the theme of "black and white. In the past, I've published books of illustrations from various worlds, but this time I'm going to make a book that deepens a single story.
Q5. In the world of painting, where there are so many different genres, what kind of genre would you like to draw in the future?
A. I would like to continue to draw pictures that are more like fairy tales.
Q6: Finally, what does "drawing pictures" mean to you, Mr. Yoshioka?
A. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but it's being able to give shape to what I want to see. I hope it will be fun for a long time.
Thank you very much for answering our questions, Mr. Yoshioka.