Makiko Kodama - Illustrator in Tokyo

Makiko Kodama

I'm an illustrator in Tokyo, Japan

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About me

My name is Makiko, and I'm an illustrator based in Tokyo.

I was born in New Jersey, USA, and I've been going back and force between NJ and Japan. This experience affected me a lot, that my illustration is not too Japanese, but seems like a mixture of Japanese and American aspects.

I am inspired by Japanese manga style, psychedelic illustrations, ukiyo-e, Aubrey Beardsley, William Morris, and Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, George Barbie, Erte, Errol Le Cain, Tim Burton, Wesley Anderson and a lot more. I'm always trying to find exciting things that would broaden my horizons, which might be a hint to improve my illustrations.

I often draw girls, lacy patterns, animals, fantasy world, and all sort of things that I think is fascinating. I love using colors, but I also love to create illustrations only in black and white. I always try to select the best color that suits the atmosphere of the illustration.

Until now, I participated in about 20 exhibitions and events including group exhibition, traveling exhibition, two-person exhibition, event, and expo.

I have been working with an author, museum, science lab of the University of Tokyo, actress, shopping street, and with many private clients.

Feel free to contact me. Commission is now open. Collaboration welcome!

My Creations

  1. Flower and I 1

    15 August 2016

    Materials: COPIC marker, pen, felt-tip pen
    I was inspired by pictures on NYLON magazine.

  2. Flower and I 2

    15 August 2016

    Materials: COPIC marker, pen, felt-tip pen
    I was inspired by pictures on NYLON magazine.

  3. Flower and I 3

    15 August 2016

    Materials: COPIC marker, pen, felt-tip pen
    I was inspired by pictures on NYLON magazine.

  4. Flower and I 4

    15 August 2016

    Materials: COPIC marker, pen, felt-tip pen
    I was inspired by pictures on NYLON magazine.

  5. Floating In My World

    15 August 2016

    Materials: pen, COPIC marker
    This is an illustration that I drew based on Japanese fairy tale called "Urashima Taro." This girl is Otohime, who is a princess of Dragon Castle in the sea
    I exhibited this work at me and my friend uebow's joint exhibition "MUKASHI ×MUKASHI," which had been... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  6. Encountering My Man

    15 August 2016

    Materials: pen, COPIC marker
    This is an illustration that I drew based on Japanese fairy tale called "Urashima Taro." In this scene, Urashima Taro, a fisherman, is encountering Otohime
    I exhibited this work at me and my friend uebow's joint exhibition "MUKASHI ×MUKASHI," which had been held at L'illustre Galerie... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  7. Looking For Our Paradise

    15 August 2016

    Materials: pen, COPIC marker
    This is an illustration that I drew based on Japanese fairy tale called "Urashimataro." In this scene, Urashima Taro and Otohime are looking for the Dragon Castle in the sea, which is Otohime's home
    I exhibited this work at me and my friend uebow's joint exhibition... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  8. Dreamy Indolence

    15 August 2016

    Materials: pen, COPIC marker
    This is an illustration that I drew based on Japanese fairy tale called "Urashima Taro." In this scene, Urashima Taro and Otohime is having a feast in the Dragon Castle, watching sea bream, cuttlefish, and sea horse dancing. They are enjoying idle life in the sea... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  9. I Won't Let You Go

    15 August 2016

    Materials: pen, COPIC marker
    This is an illustration that I drew based on Japanese fairy tale called "Urashima Taro." Urashima Taro decided to go home after years and years in the sea, but he couldn't forget the enjoyment and pleasure in the sea. Therefore, he drowned himself into the sea... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  10. Line drawing

    15 August 2016

    Material: felt-tip pen
    This might be a good fabric pattern.

  11. Christmas Illustration

    6 January 2017

    This was my Christmas illustration 2016.

  12. Coming-of-Age Day

    10 January 2017

    Yesterday was Coming-of-Age Day in Japan! Traditionally, 20-years-olds having their coming-of-age ceremony wear kimono (especially girls), so I drew this to celebrate new adults!

  13. Zodiac Sign Girls

    11 April 2017

    Zodiac Sign Girls.

  14. Walking with Lady Rhino

    11 April 2017

    Acrylic paints on wood panel.

  15. The Awakening

    11 April 2017

    An illustration fro spring. COPIC Marker on paper.

  16. Rokurokubi chan -Dating-

    11 April 2017

    An illustration that I created for the group exhibition "KAWAII YOKAI FES," which is being held at Daikaiten, Asagaya, Japan from April 6 to April 16, 2017. "Rokurokubi" means "long-neck woman," which is a famous monster in Japan.

  17. An illustration that I created for the group exhibition "KAWAII YOKAI FES," which is being held at Daikaiten, Asagaya, Japan from April 6 to April 16, 2017. "Hyakume" means "100 eyes monster," which is a famous monster in Japan.

  18. This is one of the illustrations that I created in SVA Summer Residency Program 2017. I used acrylic gouache to create this piece
    I illustrated Japanese fairy tale "Tongue Cut Sparrow." I set the setting in modern time, and this depicts a scene when a good old man visits sparrow's... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  19. BATH TIME

    6 April

    An illustration that I created for a zine "Bath Time."
    Medium: acrylic gouache

  20. Happy New Year 2018

    Series of New Year's Card 2018.  These were ordered by a private client.  Medium: Phoshop CS5

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  21. Another version of a New Year's card 2018. This was also ordered by a private client. Medium: Photoshop CS5

  22. Personal project. Digital illustration created by using Clip Studio for iPad Pro.