Matazo Kayama

Matazo Kayama

I’ve really been struggling with my current university briefing involving a children’s book. I just have a hard time connecting to children and getting down to their level and fear my work will either become patronising or perhaps too old for the targeted group. Upon advice of my tutor, I have decided to take my work to a darker place than perhaps most children are accustomed to in their story books.

I still haven’t decided on the final media which I’m going to use for my four page spreads, but looking at these deliciously somber yet appealing images from Matazo Kayama (1927-2004), I’m tempted to keep the work for this project on the traditional, painterly side. His work isn’t aimed at children in particular, but the combination of his subject and the dark mood, it’s definitely something I’d like to feed and inspire my work. It might mean a change of story as well. I’m really pushing it, with the deadline being this coming friday, but I always manage to get things done somehow.