Reiko Mu­rakami

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Reiko is a con­cept artist and il­lus­tra­tor based in Bos­ton. Orig­i­nally born in Ja­pan, it has been 18 years since she moved to the US. “I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in draw­ing peo­ple and an­i­mals even when I was a kid,” she says.

Her love of draw­ing led her to en­ter the Rhode Is­land School of De­sign, and even­tu­ally to be­come a con­cept artist and char­ac­ter de­signer for video games. “For my per­sonal work I fo­cus on de­pict­ing fe­male fig­ures as sur­real metaphors for emo­tions. Mu­sic and sto­ries help me be­come inspired, but I al­most al­ways find a sub­ject to paint deep in­side my heart.”

1 Love Your Neigh­bor “This was my unof­fi­cial con­tri­bu­tion to Kristina Car­roll’s Month of Love pro­ject. I also worked on it dur­ing Scott Fis­cher’s class. The dy­namic move­ment in this scene came from his art di­rec­tion.”

2 June “I did this be­cause I re­alised that I al­most never painted a char­ac­ter look­ing di­rectly at the cam­era. I still cov­ered her eyes with her hair and tex­tures, but this is a state­ment and a turn­ing point in the se­ries; I’ve con­quered my trauma and ac­knowl­edge my strengths.”

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