Rui Yamashita - Illustrator in Tokyo

Rui Yamashita

I'm an illustrator in Tokyo, Japan

Available for contracts

I speak English and Japanese

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About me

A freelance UI designer by day and a quirky surface designer by night.
I was born in Japan and raised in Kenya, UK, Thailand and Indonesia, making me a very open-minded curious👀 person that loves to face new challenges!

My Creations

  1. 🌵Being madly in love with cacti for years, I am currently creating cactus pieces in all sorts of different styles and colours. I wanted to something that suits bohemian style homes, so I went with a bold, dreamy and simple look🌵

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  2. I participated in a project called 20 creatives x 20 box designs, hosted by Haguruma, a beautiful paper and print shop in Omotesando. My concept was to design a gift box for my brand Kangarui. Since it was the first time to try foil print on a 3D object, it... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  3. Kingdom of the Cheetas

    13 July 2015

    Commissioned by Shutterstock and Adobe, I collaged hand drawn elements as well as stock images with Photoshop to complete this piece inspired by the beauty of the beautiful cheetahs I met on a safari journey in Africa. This pattern has been designed so that it can not only be used... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  4. German Embassy Map Project

    8 December 2015

    Curated by TokyoDex, 11 artists having some relation to Germany with different themes created a map of Germany to be exhibited on the walls of the German Embassy in Tokyo. Each piece is about 1.6m tall and it was very interesting to see the work I created on my small... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  5. Tokyo Series part 2

    8 February 2016

    Second piece for 'Tokyo is ...' project by @andrewjoyce about my views on Tokyo
    This piece is more personal - I love geometrical shapes and playing around with image layers!

    Hachi the dog because I go through Shibuya everyday, I have an obsession at finding city palms (this one in... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  6. Tokyo Series part 1

    21 December 2015

    I took part in the 'Tokyo is ...' project by @doodlesandstuffjapan about my views on Tokyo
    This one shows the typical sides of Tokyo. The pretty Tokyo Tower standing on the shape of Tokyo along with the rising sun, surrounded by the crazy metro system and a splash of lips... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  7. Rainbow Animal Series

    29 September 2015

    Pillow cover prints inspired by the breathtaking safari trip I went to in Kenya a few years ago. Love to mix watercolours and images in photoshop and experiment with many, many layers. I usually never have a vision of a finished product, they are all results from playing around until... continue reading (0, 1 image)

  8. Tembo Festival

    13 July 2015

    Wanted to create something bright for a summer home, used watercolours, photograph collaged in Photoshop. Featured on Cara Loren and Deny Designs