When we started this journey we knew two things.
We wanted to make soft clay for slime creators, and we wanted TAKUMI to do the box art.
We didn't know what we would call our clay. We didn't know what colors we would produce.
But we knew that if we could get Takumi on board that we had won half the battle.
Takumi is an artist based in northern Japan. He is able to produce incredibly beautiful artwork in many different styles while still retaining a unique look of his own. He is well known for his art in the style of Alphonse Mucha, his Brothers Grimm tributes, and art from other children's tales.
Many, many months ago, I messaged him in English asking if he would be willing to do our box art. No response. After a couple of weeks I decided to write again using
my best (but not that great...) Japanese. I got a response right away! (*≧∀≦*)
Ryuta and I have been huge fans of Takumi for years now, following him on Twitter and even buying his coloring book! When he wrote back I called Ryuta right away and
we were both FREAKING OUT!
TAKUMI WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT OUR CLAY!!! WOOOO!!!
Ok... just thinking back on it gets me a little giddy. (*ﾟ▽ﾟ*)
We presented him the idea of a different animal for each color and asked him to draw in the old Japanese art style of "ukiyo-e," or Japanese woodblock prints. After seeing his #Batman and #Joker ukiyo-e, we knew he would do an amazing job.
It was Takumi's idea to have the animals paired with a different plant from Japan's wilderness. You can read more about the animals and different plants in my last blog post!
The end result was better than we could have ever expected.
We hope to keep working with Takumi in the future as we continue to expand Nendo Soft Clay! (And maybe even add more colors of clay one day!?)
Check out more of his work on his Twitter and Facebook page!
(Quick warning! Some of his art is slightly mature in nature and might be scary for young children.)
For now, enjoy a bit of his other works below! Leave a comment and let us know which of Takumi's art that you like the best!