Japanese artist Naoshi‘s art is colourful, kawaii and a little bit surreal, and even more impressive when you find out it’s made with sand! She has a new book available now called Ice Cream Work so let’s have a look.
Ice Cream Work follows the adventures of Ice Cream Man throughout a working week where he turns up at a birthday party, in sunflower fields, on the golf course and more.
Each spread is full of clever little details and bright contrasting colours and patterns. This art method is called Sunae and involves filling in areas on sticky paper with colourful sand. Naoshi is so skilled that it’s not immediately obvious that all these details are painstakingly made with sand, but you can see all the texture if you look closely.
If you love colourful art, food and nature, this is well worth adding to your bookshelf as you’ll be sure to find something new every time you pick it up.
Ice Cream Work is published by Overcup Press and can be ordered online for $14.99 or through your favourite book store.
You can watch Naoshi in action in this video and if you fancy giving Sunae a try, Naoshi also sells kits in her Etsy shop alongside prints, originals, t-shirts and more. This reminds me that I have a kit I’ve never used so I’ll have a go soon and post the results on Instagram.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and the author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She lives by the seaside in Scotland in a flat full of kawaii, creating cute character goods as Asking For Trouble, working on endless craft projects and playing Nintendo.