(for the images, I decided to just keep them as screenshots rather than crop them and rewrite the captions, since they already have captions and often the date on them.)
This is yet another artist I found on instagram. Since I tend to draw most of my inspiration from browsing instagram artists, I like exploring and trying to find more. From the fact that their bio says "I live in nowhere," this artist seems to be very private so I don't really have any information about who they are, all I have is their art. They do have various Japanese words in their bio and have Japanese and English captions on their posts, so I can assume they are Japanese or live in Japan.
All of their art is done in a journal, a nice minimalistic page layout with three boxes for weather and seven boxes for the weekday at the top left, and a blank for "Memo number" and the date on the right. I find it interesting that they work on this paper rather than in a sketchbook, due to the lines across the page, but in some of their pieces you actually don't notice the lines at first due to the color or detail of the illustration. However, they participated in the beginning of Inktober on unlined paper and I really like some of the entries (included in slideshow.)
One of the things I noticed about their art is that they use that nonsequential storytelling that I used a few times last year. I have thought about doing it again this year but haven't had a good idea for it yet. Another thing they do that I really like is breaking geometric borders - I've been doing a lot of that this year, by putting boxes and circles behind my characters and having them break out of them somehow. I hope to get more inspiration for that from this artist. Finally, a lot of their work has that quiet, gentle, floating feeling that I used to strive for with my work. I just really like their work overall for its simplicity in feeling and effectiveness of techniques I try to employ.
Kristin Hines - Student artist at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School