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!

postit1.jpg
postit2.jpg

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.

Hello.
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!

611P11U0ZxL._AC_SL1500_.jpg
61MfeW+pI1L._SX466_.jpg

Podcast

Hello!

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:
http://comicsmanifest.com/ayakakeda/

Also my good friend Sara Varon has a episode here ---> http://comicsmanifest.com/saravaron/

Thank you!!!!!

Children's Museum of Manhattan Workshop this Sunday the 25th!

flyer=sHello!  Come to Children's Museum of Manhattan this Sunday to make your own imaginary friends come to life!!!  See you! Imaginary Friends with Illustrator Aya Kakeda Create your own Kawaii (too cute) friend and learn about character design with Society of Illustrator’s award winning artist, Aya Kakeda.

Sunday, January 25, 2015 | 2:00 & 3:30pm| 5 & Older Sign up

Hello World Maker Faire NY! Come and get the limited edition poster!

final_web Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 12.57.54 PM Hello! It's World Maker Faire New York this weekend! I did a limited edition 18 x 24 inch poster for the Faire this year. It will be on sale at the location this weekend. I'm hoping I will be riding some animal shaped robots all weekend and climbing on a life size mouse trap! See you there I hope.

WORLD MAKER FAIRE New York at New York Hall of Science Sept 20 & 21, 2014

More info: http://makerfaire.com/

Midnight Gallery

postcardアートライフさんに素晴らしい展覧会を企画してもらいました!吉本ばななさんの小説の表紙などを手がけたり、はたまた音楽界でもご活躍の原マスミさんとの展覧会です。哀しい予感、パイナツプリン、バリ夢日記の表紙をみたとき、すぐにその独特な女性の絵に魅了されました。その方と一緒に作品をみせられるのは、まるで夢のようです。

5月9日〜5月30日、 六本木のアート発信基地、真夜中のギャラリーBAR OPPでゆったりとした気分で お酒を傾けつつ堪能してください。アートライフさんが提供する大人の時間です。 東京都港区六本木5-18-1PURE六本木8階 ☎:03-5575-2312 20:00〜24:00 但し、土日はお休みです。 東京の皆さん是非見に来て下さいね! infoopp_map

Hello Tokyo!!! I'm having a show at Midnight Gallery OPP in Roppongi. I'm especially excited because it's a show with Masumi Hara who is an illustrator that I have been admiring since I was young. First time I saw his illustration was on Banana Yosimoto's novel and since then I was drawn into his beautiful strong eyed women he paints. It is like a dream comes true to be paired with such an accomplished artist! Thank you ArtLife for putting this event together!!!

May 9th ~ May 30th OPP mid night gallery 5-18-1 Roppongi, Pure Roppongi Building 8F, Minatoku, Tokyo ☎:03-5575-2312 Opens 20:00~24:00 (Sat,Sun Closed)

 

MOCCA FESTIVAL this weekend!

Hello!This weekend is MOCCA Art Festival in NYC. I have a table selling new books, prints, surprise sculpture boxes, and cat&dog cookies! Please come and visit! 10173554_10151957194020178_1347604187_nYou can see the direction and more info about the festival here---> click

Here is some sneak preview! photo 3 (2)1958232_10151949263820178_788786612_ncover1000650_10151959049650178_281297358_nphoto 1 (5)10155464_10151963768835178_1931492428_nDouble thank you for Kimiko and Fumiha for helping me bake!!!!!

Nap time YEA!

Little sneak preview for a tiny book and tiny sculpture I'm working on now. "Nap time! what do you want to sleep on little cats and dogs???"photo (4) "On this Miss,  Nap time YEAAAA!" photo 1 (3) Sketches and tiny clay shapes photo 5 (1) Painting tiny faces with gouache photo 4 (2) Working on the drawing part of the book photo 3 (1) My cat use to do this impossible pose! photo 2 (1)

New CD and Exhibition announcement!

Screen Shot 2014-02-25 at 4.05.15 PMHello.Hope you are surviving the never ending winter in NY (if you are in NY)... I'm fighting with this weather by wearing extra bright cloths today.

Image for the CD cover from a Japanese client came in. It's nice to see the old work reused in something completely new and different! This CD is like a book on tape, with a Japanese actress Mamiko Noto reading popular literatures by Japanese authors. You can purchase this from - ----> amazon.jp store

With the release of this CD, there will be an event in the end of April in Japan. And will be a small solo exhibition of my drawings and paintings at the space. I will let you know the details once it's near!!

 

Happy Holiday UFO!

holidayBiBip BiBip ... comuniating from above earth... we are having a holiday party in space... we will pick you up if you want to join... BiBip BiBipHave a wonderful Holiday!!! Love, Aya