Working on the up coming post it show

The end of year is coming and I’m working on few annual winter shows that I’m in every year. One of it is a Post It show at Giant Robot gallery in LA. This is their 15th year!!! I’m yet to attend since it’s in LA but I always hear that people line up for few blocks to get into the opening day. That’s because all the works are only $25 and hundreds of talented artists participating to the show. I wish I can go one year and get some of my favorite artists’ work :)

For this show I was drawing some characters from Inktober and I got obsessed with the bad apple character. Now I’m drawing her in different poses. Those are made with brush pen, Posca markers, and Small circled stickers. I will post once more when the invitation is ready!


Another 9 characters from my Inktober!


I am still keeping up for Inktober!
It’s a character a day. Now it’s getting a little difficult to come up with characters… Almost done though!!!


A sneak preview of a sculpture that I’m making for a show at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in January.

I will have bunch of those creatures for an installation:)

i am quite excited how everything is coming out!


My first Inktober! First set of 18.

Inktober! Characters from Oct 1st to Oct 9th.

Inktober! Characters from Oct 1st to Oct 9th.

Inktober! Characters from Oct 10th to Oct 18th.

Inktober! Characters from Oct 10th to Oct 18th.

October is a Inktober month which illustrators and comic artists post a drawing per day.
I have never heard of it until my students at MICA told me last year.

This year I wanted to try.
My goal is to post a small drawing of character everyday on my twitter and Instagram (@ayakakeda) accounts.
It’s been a challenge, some days it’s hard to come up with a good character, but it’s all about trying and have fun. It is fun to come up with characters everyday and I am excited there will be 31 new characters by the end of this month. So far I am able to post everyday.

I’m using these Pentel brush pens below on my cream color sketchbook.
Those are my favorite tools to draw since I was in college. They are so smooth and easy to use and I can replace the cartridge so I don’t have to through away. Also I really like this RED! This red is a Japanese traditional red which has a tint of orange.

My inspiration of those drawings are “Fall”
I’ve been drawing a lot of Fall inspired food characters, long pants, and a little bit of reminiscent from the summer.
You can see all 18 of them big on the slideshow below. I will post the next 9 when Oct 26th hits ;-) Enjoy!


Children Museum Show

I'm having a show at the Children Museum of Manhattan called "Fruit Robber and His Collections"
There will be some paintings and sculptures
This exhibition is conjunction with their "Hello from Japan!" Exhibition
February 2nd to May 8th
Children Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building, 212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024

I will have a character making workshop in March sometimes at the museum, I will let you know the detail soon!


Dec 9 + 10 Renegade Crafts Fair --- booth #53

Hello!  I will be at Renegade Craft Fair with my ceramic works this weekend. If you are in Brooklyn, please stop by!

Dec 9+10 11am-6pm
Renegade Craft Fair Booth #53
Industry City Factory Floor
274 36th St, Brooklyn

Also if you are not in NY area I just opened the web store, too.

Getting cold out, stay warm and have a nice winter day!


December Group Shows!

I hope you are enjoying the uplifting feelings of the Holiday Season.

This December I am in many group shows, if you are in the area please swing by :)
I am also doing a Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in Brooklyn on Dec 9th and 10th selling my ceramic works, I will post the detail soon!!!

Stay warm and have a cozy weekend!

Los Angeles, CA --- Post it 2017 at Giant Robot Gallery


Brooklyn, NY ---- AG Gallery

Opening on November 27, 2017

Opening on November 27, 2017

Beacon, NY --- Clutter Gallery

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Biarritz, France --- L'Atabal Biarritz gallery




Podcast by Aaron Williams

He has a very interesting Podcast for Comic Writers and Artists.

Although I'm not a Comic artist, he bent the rule because my work has story telling aspect :) Thank you Aaron.

If you fancy to listen to my ESL english and make fun of my dorky laughter and my high school memories... You can click the image above or you can use this link:

Also my good friend Sara Varon has a episode here --->

Thank you!!!!!


Hello everyone!
I was interviewed by the Greek Magazine LIFO. 
It's all in Greek so if you know some Greek friend who might be interested. please forward :)
You can click the image or go here-->
Have a great week!!!

Open Studio!

My ceramic studio is having an open studio this Friday!
If you are interested in ceramic works come by and see some amazing work by sculptors, ceramicists, and conceptual artists!

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Cat T-shirts for ACLU!



I designed this cat T-shirts for my friends' new T-shirts company.    

50% of the profit from all the T-shirts they create goes to different organizations depending on the design :)
My cat design T-shirts goes to ACLU ( American Civil Liberties Union)

They are only doing 7 days limited sales if you are interested!
April 10th to April 16th midnight.

Thank you!