Mariana Ikuta is an illustrator from Brazil currently living in Canada. She has studied in Brazil, UK and USA developing her style along the way.

(All artists have to answer the same 10 questions.)

1. First and Last Name
Mariana Yatsuda Ikuta

2. Where are you from? And where are you currently living?
I’m originally from Brazil and I’ve been living in Vancouver for a little bit more than a year now.

3. What’s your main influences?
Everything we see and live is a potential influence in the work. Other artists are always very inspiring. How they use color, express feelings and develop characters shows you a different way to see the world. I’m currently obsessed with Amélie Fléchais’s illustrations and Jillian Tamaki’s stories. I also am very inspired by movies. I love how a good movie can give you a concentrated viewpoint of life and how infinite people’s imagination can be. Miyazaki is definitely one of my biggest influences.

Everything we see and live is a potential influence in the work.

4. How was your path until this moment? How did you start?
I had learned to believe that art was always going to be a hobby in my life but I tried to sneak it into my profession studying graphic design. It was only when I had the chance to study illustration at Camberwell (UAL) for a whole year that I realized how my life was so much happier doing what I really loved. I then studied at the Art Students League of New York, took a few online classes and have been working as a freelance illustrator for almost 3 years now.

5. Where do you see yourself next?
Creating more children’s books, having a more steady workflow, working in a creative co-working space and being able to collaborate with friends and people I admire, with different mediums and personal projects. The perfect future would be having a professional life that motivates collaboration and constant learning.

6. Knowing what you know now, what would be your advice for people in the same area?
Being finished is better than being perfect. And doing lots of wrongs is much better than doing just one right.

…doing lots of wrongs is much better than doing just one right.

7. Is there something you are terrible at :)?
Singing. I wish I wasn’t though. 🙁

8. Tell us 3 things you like

  • Kindness
  • Cats and dogs
  • Hugs

9. And 3 things you don’t

  • Self-consciousness
  • Prejudice
  • Tomatoes

10. Last question, what are you listening at the moment (band, specific music or album)
Joe Hisaishi has always been constant in my playlists.

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