August 23, 2014
August 22, 2014
Someone is giving away free corn dogs at Honest Ed’s today.
Not sure who to vote for Toronto’s municipal election? Check out this beautifully designed site
August 21, 2014
Do Make Say Think, August 22-24
August 20, 2014
Watch the TTC detail new streetcar features
Toronto ranked the 4th most liveable city, according to annual poll
Portfolio: Yuta Onoda
Inspired by the comics and ukiyo-e prints of his native Japan, the Toronto artist Onoda mixes sweetness and dark.

In the midst of some recent online meandering, I came across the startling work of Japanese illustrator Yuta Onoda. His style is layered in technique and meaning, never short of humour – and simply just beautiful. I was surprised to learn that he lives and works in Toronto, so I instantly emailed him to set up a brief interview. How did you end up in Toronto? I’m originally from Tokyo, but I spent a year in Vancouver studying English. Then I heard about Sheridan College in Toronto and decided to take its illustration program. I graduated in 2009 and have been working as a freelance illustrator/painter since. How would you describe your work? I really love to come up with images that have narrative elements in them. An image that tells you a story. Tell me about your process? I do a lot of research when I start working on a project. I always try to get familiar with the topic/theme first so that I am able to come up with variety of ideas. I begin working on sketches before moving on to the finals. Images are mainly created with a mix of traditional and digital processes. Linear work is mainly done with pen and pencil. I play with creating some texture with acrylic paint before scanning and colouring digitally. I love traditional art, so I always try to keep some traditional elements in my work so that they do not look too digital. What are your inspirations? My inspirations usually come from anything that makes me stop to look, feel or listen. I read many comics when I was a kid and I believe it’s one of the main reasons why I incorporate a lot of outlines in my work. Decorative elements come from the influence of art nouveau and ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints of Edo era). One of the reasons why I love ukiyo-e is its use of a limited palette, which I always try to emulate. It’s very simple, but it helped me learn how to use colours effectively. I also like its linear stylization. There are a lot of different variations of linear work, and I find that it works very nicely with limited colours. There are so many artists I admire, but one of my favourites is Utagawa Kuniyoshi. I first came across his work when I was in the first year of my illustration program, and have been loving it since. Has living in Toronto affected your work? Living in two different cultures has definitely opened my eyes and I don’t think I would’ve been able to start my career as an illustrator/painter if I didn’t move to Canada. Having connections with people from different cultures really have changed my thinking process – it has definitely helped me have a wider perspective and to look at things differently.  

By Igor Bonifacic
August 6th, 2014
Editors Pick Bellwoods Brewery set to expand to a new location(!)
Read More
By Dylan Leeder
July 28th, 2014
Editors Pick Strange(r) People: Toronto's Festival of Beer edition
Read More
By Claudia McNeilly
July 25th, 2014
Editors Pick Boob jail is a real place but you can escape
Read More
By Brian Tavares
July 31st, 2014
Editors Pick Standard Interviews: Robin Molloy of Descendants Beer and Beverage Co
Read More
  • No article found.
  • By Igor Bonifacic
    August 22nd, 2014
    Editors Pick Someone is giving away free corn dogs at Honest Ed's today.
    Read More
    By Igor Bonifacic
    August 22nd, 2014
    Editors Pick Not sure who to vote for Toronto's municipal election? Check out this beautifully designed site
    Read More
    By Lauren Pincente
    August 21st, 2014
    Editors Pick Do Make Say Think, August 22-24
    Read More
    By Igor Bonifacic
    August 20th, 2014
    Editors Pick Watch the TTC detail new streetcar features
    Read More


    Society Snaps: Eric S. Margolis Foundation Launch

    Kristin Davis moved Toronto's philanthroists to tears ... then sent them all home with a baby elephant - Read More