August 29, 2009

Meet the correspondents: TOKYO > Kumi Matsukawa

Chigasaki beach-3

"Hi, I'm Kumi. I was a little child who would draw on anything and everything if there was space to draw. Now I am an illustrator. I mainly draw storyboards for TV commercials. At the same time I teach watercolor and pastel in my neighborhood. Both works entail sketching.

However, for a long time I considered sketches to be merely a training or of secondary importance. It was since 2008 when I participated in one of the World Wide SketchCrawl events that I found the joy of sketching and sharing. In other words, I discovered how much potential sketches themselves have. Since then, I am hooked on sketching.

I enjoy sketching on location very much. Landscape, buildings, people, animals, plants. It's like a dialogue with the subject. For example, when I draw an old tree, I feel as if I am listening to its story. An old tree — like a old man — has a long, complicated story and what I do is transcribe it in the form of a sketch. The story has ups and downs like its branches do, and it has intricate details exactly the way its leaves look. So I try to capture as much details as possible, but I sometimes have to sum up some of them due to the circumstances. Or I may amplify something interesting. But that's not an exaggeration, just a result of the struggle to earnestly focus my attention to it.

I live in Kanagawa prefecture, where famous tourist spots are, such as Yokohama, Enoshima, Kamakura, Hakone and so on. I also go sketching to Tokyo. The view of Tokyo is not as photogenic as other prominent cities are. But has a lot of interesting, new and old places to draw. For instance, there is a new tower called Tokyo Sky Tree. When it is completed in 2012 it will be one of the tallest in the world. So I'm planing to sketch it on a regular basis.

I also enjoy very much seeing other sketchers works depicting things with unique style. Their various approaches always impress me, inspire me!

I am so happy to be aboard USk!"

• Kumi's art on flickr.
• Kumi's website.

20 comments :

gabi campanario said...

I love your style and can't wait to see your drawings here and learn more about Tokyo and Japan through your eyes! welcome!

jerry waese said...

your sketches have a friendly quality to them
I love the cranes on the growing tower.

Lok said...

ようこそ!Looking forward to see your Tokyo or its surroundings..

robbe said...

don't people ever swim over there? theyre all staring at the waves. but, good drawing none the less. i'm looking forward to seeing more of them

bh yoo said...

Welcome Kumi! Hope you to impress and inspire us too. Nice!

veronica lawlor said...

Very nice, welcome!

CEDHARR said...

hai Kumi, it's really nice sketch. I'll always wait your step by step Tokyo Sky Tree's sketching. keep sketching!

Paul Heaston said...

Welcome. Wonderful work!

Isabel said...

welcome looking forward to see your work at Usk

kumi matsukawa said...
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kumi matsukawa said...

Thank you every one for your sweet comments!

Thanks so much Gabi for the nice editing and guiding.

こちらこそ、Lok, Maybe let's sketch together sometime soon!

robbe, as for people are staring at the wave, at that day at that moment we were prohibited from entering water for the security reason, because later that evening they held a large scale firework festival .

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enrique said...

Welcome here, Kumi. I´m glad you´ll share your sketches in this community

Cathy Gatland said...

Lovely to have you sketching here Kumi!

kumi matsukawa said...

Thanks a lot again for your welcome!

jizogarden said...

Welcome Kumi...looking forward to seeing your Japan!

kumi matsukawa said...

Thanks a lot! I 'll try to meet up your expectations!

freekhand said...

so you make storyboards for a living! Its the same I do ;)

kumi matsukawa said...

Oh, you do too, Freekhand! :P

Don Low said...

I did not know you do storyboard too?? Me too! But not for a living, but I hope to do so!

Richard Alomar, ASLA said...

Yumi:

I received your drawing and card.
They are wonderful! (sugoi desne)

Thanks,

Richard

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Richard Alomar
http://www.the-landscape.blogspot.com/
http://nycsketch.blogspot.com/