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Hiroyuiki Yamada, Illustrator

Hiroyuiki Yamada, Illustrator

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you :

Hiroyuiki Yamada. Born in Kyoto in 1961, graduated in visual design from Kyoto Saga art college.  2006, Japan Good Design Award by the S&B spices & herbs package illustrations.

2014, the 24th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw prize.

2015, the 7th China International poster Biennial prize.

I have posted one work everyday, by enclosing of ‘one piece by one day’ from November 2011 on Facebook.

Member of Tokyo Illustrators Society , member of The Society of Publishing Arts

Your current job :

Illustrator.  Chairman of illustrators training course.

In which city are you located?

Yokohama, Japan

A word to define what kind of worker you are :


What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)

Acrylic gouache, brush, easel, oil-based ballpoint pen, Mac, Adobe photoshop & illustrator

What does your office space look like?

My studio is the 2nd floor of my house.  I teach 4-5 students for illustrator’s training course at my living room on the 1st floor.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?

R&B,Old School Hip Hop,Underground Hip Hop

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?

I consider the working progress of the work on that day and plan to work efficiently.

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?

I often draw nearly 100 pieces of Botanical art for a magazine feature and package.

When I work with such amount, I produce 10 pieces at the same time with collecting the same leaf colour of plant, etc.

There is no great difference in the production time of 1 piece and 10 pieces simultaneous production time. So without lowering the quality of all of the work in a week to 10 days, I can produce them in a short period of time.

In this working process, I frequently use photoshop. To produce a single leaf of deformed using the “distortion”, or created a lot of different leaves.

You’re better than your colleagues to :

While maintaining a high quality, I can create an image in a short time.

It is good at streamlining of work.

Always without creating a style and touch, because you can work in a neutral state, there is a versatility while maintaining the author of.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?

Illustration is a profession.

What is your best tip for saving time ?

I don’t think that ‘there are only five minute’, even if there is only 5 minutes. I do think ‘there is still five minutes’.

For example the deadline of lot of work and overlapping exhibition schedules, impatient will derail a time management, and it causes a mistake.

Just change a mind set to ‘still have one more day’ and ‘there is still one hour’, in a positive direction, I can work calmly.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?

I don’t have any routine start, but end of the day I have posted one work everyday, by enclosing of ‘one piece by one day’ on Facebook.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?