In Which I Illustrate a Tour T-shirt for a Major Japanese Pop Star

Singer/songwriter Yuki, a Sony Japan label artist, released an album this year called The Present, and I was hired to draw and letter a design proscribed by the singer herself, for her 2010 tour t-shirts.

The t-shirts have just been released, and, as of today, June 22, are the second item from the top on YukiÂ’s blog. Yuki and her staff chose the colors of the drawing and lettering as well as the shirt. (There’s a super punk design t-shirt for the same tour just above mine. I like it.)  What I found amazing about the this t-shirt is that the design is not printed – it is machine embroidered onto the t-shirt.  Even the handwriting!

Next month YukiÂ’s staff will release a shawl and matching pouch I illustrated and lettered per their design, also to be offered on YukiÂ’s tour.  I’ll let you know when they are posted.

The lettering is the lyrics to YukiÂ’s lovely song in which a man and a woman describe what they do over the course of 24 hours, which contrast interestingly and become confluent at the end. My illustrations feature images from YukiÂ’s lyrics, including frogs, braids, and roses.

Yuki specifically requested that the drawing for the back of her t-shirt look like the illustration on the back cover of my book Living on the Earth, only with braids, roses and frogs.