Fukawa Aiko may not be the first person to personify animals in her artwork, but she sure does it with overwhelming charm. Seen here is an eclectic mix of her work, featuring wildlife dressed in dapper European clothing and participating in activities native to human beings. Foxes and rabbits roasting marshmallows over a campfire? Bunnies playing a badminton match in the woods? Such whimsical things can only exist in Fukawa Aiko’s world.
Aiko’s style is also noteworthy for its deceptive simplicity. The illustrations themselves have a childish quality to them since they ignore correct anatomy and joints, but Aiko still subtly demonstrates her technical flair, like in her interpretation of a fire or in the ornate details found in the borders of certain portraits. It takes quite a bit of effort to look this elementary.