The ever-popular anime invasion that took place last decade may have made you somewhat apathetic to the Japanese animation aesthetic, but Yukiko Otsu definitely revitalizes my interest in the style. The doe-eyed pixie nose look is still ever present in her work, but she elevates her creations by adding lighting and value to her compositions, taking her work into a pseudo-realist territory that I'd love to see more of in mainstream media.
Yukiko Otsu is a Markham, Ontario-based illustrator and web designer. She currently works for a clothing company, but her artwork has been featured in galleries, magazines and even video game covers. Her whimsical and playful attitude permeates each one of her pieces, and her illustrative style perfectly harmonizes a painterly aesthetic with a more refined digital look.