GINZA SIX EDITORS
Fashion, jewelry & watch, lifestyle, beauty, foods…
Unique editors who are familiar with each genre GINZA SIX aimlessly
We spell way of enjoying that we found on foot.
Joke of casualness put for illustration which worked of "# bura editors" The Nonchalant Urbane Flair of the Ginza Six GINZA SIX Editors Illustration
GINZA SIX Editors
"# bura editors" plan that starts at the end of September on official web site of GINZA SIX, and is increasing followers of reader and Instagram together with day. Fashion, watch & jewelry, lifestyle, beauty, foods…It is long place male that drew icon and moving illustration that it is by up-and-coming serialization spelling way of enjoying that unique editors who are familiar with each genre found GINZA SIX on foot aimlessly. We deal with cover and cut with many magazines and books and play a role energetically at home and abroad in field of advertisement. Exquisite subtleties and mood to invite sympathy to dwell in person and the world that are MINIMUM drawn only with one pen, black line drawing. It will be certainly one of the illustrators who are full of the pressure most now.
"In a sense, not drawing characters and celebrity, as for this title that please make editor who could say stagehand to picture, it was readily difficult. What imaged "ninja" (laugh). When person of editor obtains every information in secret and will know a lot about various things very. Specifically, editor who hears vox pop with container that the left collects. Editor of woman that the center seems to be thinking about something properly though we are refreshed. The right seemed to draw editor whom photographer served as"
Style of reciting without exaggeration of such person is the same, and it is said that we do not like exaggerated expression in picture. It is situation to value while not only we describe, but also are particular in telling. Touch just has you enter smoothly as possible person watching soft and has you think in there and describes device having you enjoy air of picture.
Though "repousse which "I jump", and is is apt to be defeated by strong expression and person when it is modest, and there is anything, there is place thinking that the former is more urbane, and I dress stylishly and wants to try hard there. We like casual movement of sporadic comics and we connect several pictures and move working illustration of "# bura editors"
We liked describing painting since it was small. We spend impressionable time of 2 years with transfer of father from 10 years old in Turkey, but, after returning home, look back toward those days when we might feel sense of estrangement by fault that Japanese culture falls out completely of the meantime. But not only in that way viewpoint from the outside accumulated unconsciously produced current style, but also is not rarely kept alive in daily ideas.
"For example, we walk town, and reaction of partner when we ran into acquaintance is fun. It is said that we classify such a reaction objectively and stock somehow, or there is we drag "is it that reaction when it is this picture?", feeling. We OK a great number of people with drinking party from sashi. Well, even if we delete own sign we are allowed" (laugh)
By the way, it is interesting because it is said that it is recent subject of concern hatoiuto of such Nagaba, movement of luxury brand.
"Possibly, according to "us, it may be uncool" whether it is with BALENCIAGA, or it is with GUCCI though we thought that it is very interesting with LOUIS VUITTON and collaboration of Supreme There is feeling that is going to let it be popular without any hesitation to be. Generation is far, and what come to flow that we cannot understand is slightly interesting by oneself and is envious"
Even so, rarely meddle with item of brand, and usually go there, and perform here, and width of interest is disarray meal. As new expression and interesting approach, we just check without fence from luxury to street positively. When after having fitted in to the full, it is to different interest again. More in that way than output it is said that we lose sight where own next expression may go to when we do not input.
In addition, thought to future own activity?
As "we want to get along in various places as well as Japan, we receive overseas item positively. One and gallery which the world of modern art seems to be fun more, and are interesting do not say that we do not need to have you call out, but are not still found how you fight. It is the world that should be able to talk by words properly, and can you not win and advance to the next around of when it is not great avarice? A little more we must culture ambition (laugh) in the case of me"
Illustration: Yu Nagaba Photos: Akemi Kurosaka Edit&Text: Yuka Okada
Launched on the official GINZA SIX website at the end of September, the GINZA SIX Editors project has drawn more viewers and Instagram followers with each passing day. Fashion, watches and jewelry, lifestyle, beauty, food—in an ongoing series, expert editors in each of these areas, all with a distinct personal flair, wander about GINZA SIX discovering new ways to appreciate, enjoy, and then share what they find with readers. The illustrator who created the animated illustration that heads each installment of the series is Yu Nagaba, who’s drawn covers and illustrations for numerous books and magazines and does work for advertising clients in Japan and elsewhere. An exquisitely rendered sympathetic subtlety and mood hover over the minimalist characters and worlds he draws using a single black pen. He’s undoubtedly one of the busiest illustrators anywhere.
“For this project I wasn’t asked to draw a character or someone famous, but a group of editors, people who normally work behind the scenes. So, in that sense, it presented some difficulties. I had this picture of a ninja clan in my mind (laughter). An editor’s like someone who’s out there, stealthily collecting all sorts of information, and is incredibly knowledgeable about various things. So, specifically, to the left, here’s an editor listening to the sounds of the city. The middle editor is clean-cut, but she’s a woman giving a great deal of thought to something. And the person to the right is like an editor who doubles as a cameraman.”
Nagaba’s unadorned way of talking reflects his artistic approach. In his drawings, he says, he dislikes exaggeration. Aside from the drawing itself, he focuses on the nature of the drawing as an act of communicating while also valuing the peculiar specificity of given situations. Consistently light, his touch beguiles and gets you thinking in ways that really let you connect to the essence of an illustration.
“When you hold back a little bit in everything, perhaps you tend to lose out to more exuberant forms of expression, and people, that put themselves front and center. But I think of being laid-back as a more tasteful feel, and it’s the style I like to work in. I like the fact that the GINZA SIX Editors’ nonchalant animation gives it the feel of a flipbook, and I actually used a flipbook technique to make this animation by using several drawings.”
Nagaba has liked to draw since he was young. He spent two years in Turkey from the age of 10, after his father was transferred there for work. That time left a vivid impression. Having lived apart from Japanese culture for this time, his return to Japan left him feeling alienated. Later, he realized the outsider’s perspective he’d developed without knowing during these years led both to his current drawing style and some of the ways in which he approaches his day-to-day life.
“For example, when I’m out walking about and I unexpectedly run into someone I know, it’s fun to stand back a bit and assess that person’s reaction. I think I somehow categorize and keep a stock of all these reactions. They seem to come out in my illustrations—like, oh, I wonder if that person’s reaction will fit in here. When I’m out drinking, I prefer being in a group compared to being with just one other person. It lets you make yourself invisible. No one cares (laughter).”
Curiously, Nagaba tells us he’s been interested lately in the trends of luxury brands.
“The Louis Vuitton and Supreme collaboration was really interesting, I thought. And it feels like brands like Balenciaga and Gucci are boldly taking on a challenge to create a trend that people like me might think isn’t all that cool. It’s interesting things are becoming popular that, maybe, people from my generation can’t quite understand. And, all the same, I’m a little envious.”
Which doesn’t necessarily mean, he says, that he buys major brands all that often; his tastes routinely trace a fairly random pattern from here to there to there. His tastes are broad and eclectic. He looks for fresh modes of expression and interesting approaches. From luxury to street styles, he explores everything without preconceptions. He gets really interested in one thing, then moves on to something else. Your input, he says, has to be greater than your output, or you lose a sense of direction for your own next creative move.
Lastly, some thoughts from Nagaba on where he’s going next.
“I’m interested in doing work from wherever, not just Japan. I’m totally open to accepting projects from overseas clients. The world of modern art seems like fun. It’s something I’m interested in. I’ve had some inquiries from galleries, but I haven’t yet figured out how to compete in that arena. I think it’s a world where you’d have to talk really well, in which you wouldn’t get very far without having an amazingly strong intention to rise. I might need to cultivate a little more ambition (laughter).”
Illustration: Yu Nagaba, Photos: Akemi Kurosaka, Edit & Text: Yuka Okada
Yu NagabaIllustrator and artist. Born in Tokyo in 1976. Graduate of Tokyo Zokei University. Engaged in various activities based on illustration, ranging from editorial to client work, and including lettering, logotype, and package design. He’s held solo exhibitions in New York, London, and other cities since 2014. On the Instagram account of the kaerusensei (Prof Frog) character that he created, he posts diverse original works every day of the year and has approximately 100,000 followers. An exhibition commemorating the publication of a collection of his archived work will be held in Shibuya, Tokyo, at GALLERY X BY PARCO in December 2017, including his magnum opus–like illustration (shown above) of 20 of the world’s great artists—da Vinci to Picasso to Basquiat to Takashi Murakami— gathering at Ginza Tsutaya Books. This illustration was drawn for the first issue of “GINZA SIX magazine” (a free magazine published by GINZA SIX). http://www.nagaba .com
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