It’s been a while since we’ve written about Hikari Shimoda, but we haven’t forgotten about her sweet-and-sour poppy illustrations and paintings. Her anime-influenced work portrays brightly-clad characters with vacant stares. Drawing on themes of depression and isolation, her illustrations, in her own words, offer a world “where cuteness and horror coexist.”
Shimoda credits Japanese pop culture as her primary influence, specifically the irasuto style, a lowbrow Japanese illustration style that pulls aesthetically from anime and manga. Shimoda grew up in the Nagano prefecture of Japan, where she still resides.