Illustration: Amazing editorial illustration from Kyoto’s Studio Takeuma

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We don’t post nearly enough about Japanese artists, so it’s our very special pleasure to introduce Takeuma and his cheerful editorial illustration. Takeuma’s choice of colours mixed with his ever-optimistic cartoon-style make him the perfect candidate to illustrate lengthy magazine articles, which the people of Japan seem to have cottoned on to and have subsequently been commissioning him to spice up the pages of their weeklies for a long while now. Maybe it’s the cryptic Japanese characters alongside his drawings that make them sing, or maybe it’s just Takenama’s knack for representing the human race in the best light possible, but something about his images gives off a friendly kind of magic. I mean come on, he can even make a stapler look fun.

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Film: A pottery zoetrope animation? Go on then, it is Friday after all

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Long before the days of the Nintendo Wii and Hug Me Elmo there was the zoetrope; a very cool old-school gadget which creates the illusion of motion from a series of images which you spin around rapidly on an axis. It may have been sadly shunted to the toy-store sidelines but in December RAMP Ceramics collaborated with Jim Le Fevre to bring the humble zoetrope back into the limelight, stepping it up a notch by creating a ceramic pot which works in the same way.

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