by Terry Hemphill

Created

November 4, 2013

Ai Kawabata’s “Scarlet Peony and Courtesan (Oiran)”

With each release of Illustrator, we commission artists to create work to help showcase  the new features in the release. For Illustrator CC, we were excited to work with Ai Kawabata, a talented designer from Japan, a country famous for its distinctive, sophisticated design aesthetic.

"Scarlet Peony & Courtesan (Oiran)" by Ai Kawabata

“Scarlet Peony & Courtesan (Oiran)” by Ai Kawabata

“Red is the color of passion, and it’s one of my favorite colors. People are naturally drawn to red. It can be shocking, and it infuses an image with excitement and brightness.”
—AI KAWABATA

Ai Kawabata has loved drawing since she was a child. Ai Kawabata headshotLooking up at the play of colors in the late evening sky, Ai would wonder how she could express the depth and richness of what she saw. She layered colors on her drawing pad in an attempt to recreate the experience on paper. Her grandfather provided her with inspiration too, telling her that if she was passionate about drawing, she should use her gift and become a designer. Ai took his advice to heart, and now works as a designer and illustrator in Tokyo.

You can find our more about how Ai created this image by viewing the “How To” PDF. And you can also download the Illustrator file to further understand how AI built her final image. (note: this is a large file and will take some time to download).

We hope you enjoy Ai’s work as much as we do!

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