This is the main image I made for The Japan Times "The prison inside: Japan's hikikomori lack relationships, not physical spaces" article.
In this illustration I depicted an old hikikomori man leaving his house during the night. Despite the image people have of Japan shut-ins not leaving the house at all, they do when they're not likely to meet anyone. While focusing on the figure, I also wanted to portray very mundane house elements outside Japanese houses, like plant pots, air conditioners, traffic cones, and some buildings in the background. I also made use of screen tones to add texture to the image, and I'm glad that could be kept in the newsprint version.
You can read the full article here.
Watercolor & ink illustrator and comics creator. I specialize in food and people illustration. Obsessed with pigments!