• COPIC AWARD 2024 Short Interview with YUSUKE NAKAMURA

COPIC AWARD 2024 Short Interview with YUSUKE NAKAMURA


The fourth interview is with Yusuke Nakamura, who has created numerous works that everyone living in Japan has seen at least once, including the covers of best-selling books and album covers of popular rock bands.
As we introduce Nakamura's past works, we would like to share his message with the 2024 AWARD applicants.

Album cover of ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION's Sol-fa
©Ki/oon Music



Nakamura graduated from the Design Department of Osaka University of the Arts. Since then, he has worked as a professional illustrator on album covers for popular Japanese music acts such as ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, covers for best-selling mystery novel series and music textbooks used in high schools in Japan, and even packaging for candy.
Nakamura's venues for expression are diverse - He has also been involved in a variety of projects, including designing anime characters, producing radio programs, and writing essays.

ーWere there any entries from COPIC AWARD 2023 that caught your eye?

作品名:Holiday and hobby

Holiday and hobby」/成瀬はるの

There were a number of remarkable pieces that skillfully blended Copic markers with various art mediums, showcased intricate details, or reflected a distinctive style. Among so, I found "Holiday and hobby" by Naruse san to be exceptional as it flawlessly fused the inherent softness of Copic markers with the precision of Copic Multiliner pens, all within her unique cheerful theme. It was such a delightful piece to me, so much that it made me forget about the technicalities or materials involved, and I felt like I was also visiting some remote island.

Cover illustration for Tokuya Higashigawa's novel The After-Dinner Mysteries (Japanese title: Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de)
© Tokuya Higashigawa/Shogakukan Inc.


Cover illustration for Tomihiko Morimi's novel Night Is Short, Walk On Girl (Japanese title: Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome)

ーWhat do you usually focus on when viewing artwork? Also, what do you look forward to seeing in entries for COPIC AWARD 2024?

Regardless of if a piece is created digitally or with traditional analog tools, I am moved by artwork where the unique characteristics of the medium inadvertently unveil glimpses of the artist's life. When judging, I also consider the dedication and time that went into the creation, not just the artwork itself. I look forward to seeing unique pieces that cannot be replicated by anyone else.

ーDo you have any stories or memories regarding Copic?

I like the smooth drawing experience and durability that distinguish Copic markers. Ever since I was a student, I've relied on Copic Multiliner pens for my artistic work. There was a time when I was traveling often for work, and it was really helpful that Copic products are available at art supply stores across Japan. It brings back memories of when I first came across Copic, which was during that time. I would like to once again thank Copic for their dedication as a company, including their exceptional marketing efforts.

Cover illustration for a high school music textbook

Package design for Asada Ame cough drops

ーPlease share your thoughts as being a COPIC AWARD 2024 judge, and if you have a message to those who are planning to submit a piece.

It's like a dream to be selected as a judge for a contest hosted by Copic, a brand I've loved for so long. Whether you've been a loyal Copic user for years, are considering returning to Copic markers after a hiatus, or are inspired to start using Copic markers for the first time through this AWARD, I look forward to seeing the dedication and joy that was put into your entry.

ーThank you for your message, Mr.Nakamura!


Photo by Yuma Hashimoto



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