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Name: Koutaku Yoshinaga
Age & Nationality: 25, Japanese
Occupation: Illustrator
Hobbies: Spending time with children and playing the instrument "Sannshin" (Okinawa-version of Shamisen)
Likes: Watching monster movies
Dislikes: Places packed with noisy people
Sashimi & Yakiniku
Drinks: Japanese sake


Carreer  span:
greenpiece "ZERO" (J-POP CD-cover)
Rotten Grafitti "Ekisabiko" (J-Rock CD-cover)
various magazines (Japan), elementary school books (Brasil), T-shirts ( - Japan)

OMC Credit Card "JIyu!da!", various TBS TV-shows (character & animations)

Acrylic goods



Background story:

"I've always thought that something made from a blank canvas can inspire and affect people in so many ways, is one of the most splendid things there is, and today I 'm very honored to be able to make a living out of it."

Future dream:

"1.) To make people cry when they lay eyes on my paintings! ;) 2.) To reach countries outside Japan with my art."

People I respect:

"Akira Toriyama, Akihiro Miwa and my family "

Message to young artists:

"Don't depend on what people say. No matter how hard you try there will always people who will either LOVE or HATE your art.
What I'm trying to say is that you will never get 100% of the population to like you, so just try your best and belive in what you do, and there will always be someone who sees the spirit in your art."
Koutaku Yoshinaga, May 2005

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