blogger’s portrait #7 : kimonosnack


I’m so excited to share a talented illustrator and stylish blogger from Japan, Akiko Hiramatsu. You may have seen her unique illustrations (or herself) as they are in many popular Japanese magazines. She also writes a blog, Kimonosnack where she shares her outfits and cool events happening in Japan. I drew her in DVF dresses as they are always great on her. Here is a Q&A with her and you should check her blog out if you haven’t!

 1. Do you have a style icon you admire?
Sophia Loren, Anna Karina, Olivia Palermo, Jean Shrimpton, Daria Werbowy,  Marisa Berenson, Kelly Wearstler, Diane Von Furstenberg

 2. How do you get inspired?
I collect photos on Pinterest and stare at them and wonder how I can be like them. Then suddenly a great idea come into my mind.

 3. What does your daily schedule look like? 
Weekdays : wake up around 8am and check on Pinterest while having a breakfast (coffee and bread). After doing laundry, I go to my office on my bicycle at 10am and do illustration works with my assistances. In the afternoon, lunch with my boyfriend or friends, meeting, English school, or shopping, it depends on the day. Go home late afternoon, cook for my son and take my dog for a walk. I practice Nichibu (Japanese dance) for ten minutes before taking a bath. Go to bed around 10pm and check on Pinterest or watch DVD in bed.
Weekend : sleep in, clean my house or do work such as preparing things for my assistances, thinking new ideas. 

Also there are many exceptions, like I go out late at night or catch a cold and stay in bed all day!

 4. Any advice for those who want to start their own business as a creator. 
Try to find the right balance both physically and mentally. It’s important to work hard but also you need to have a break. If you’re well balanced, you can create beautiful works and people start to notice. It’s hard sometimes when money is involved, but create your work as you’re making a gift for your clients. 

私のお気に入りブログ、イラストレーター平松昭子さんのKimonosnackを紹介したいと思います。昭子さんの作品 (昭子さん自身も)沢山の雑誌に掲載されてるので知ってる方も多いはず。前からブログをよく拝見させてもらっていて、以前イラストレーターの仕事について突然質問させてもらった時もすっごく丁寧に答えてくれて感激したのを覚えてます。その時もらったアドバイスは今でも大切にしてる私。そんな昭子さんの着こなしや(特にDVFのドレスの着こなしが一番好き)、着物姿、見てて楽しくなるユーモアのあるイラストが満載に載っているKimonosnackは要チェックです。下記忙しい中答えてくれたQ&Aです☆

 1. スタイルの参考にしている人はいますか?
Sophia Loren, Anna Karina, Olivia Palermo, Jean Shrimpton, Daria Werbowy, Marisa Berenson, Kelly Wearstler, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

 2. どうやってインスピレーションを得ますか?

 3. 毎日の1日のスケジュールはどんな感じですか?



 4. クリエーターとして独立したい人へのアドバイス

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3 thoughts on “blogger’s portrait #7 : kimonosnack

  1. Rachel, trés beans

    perhaps all people named Akiko have great style and illustration skills?? (hehe jk. but actually!)
    happy to have been introduced to Akiko Hiramatsu by your post. I love what she said about having to have a balance when starting a career out of creating things yourself.

  2. Kim Alston

    Her illustrations are lovely! I love what she does within a workday. She takes care of business and herself.

  3. akiko hiramatsu

    Thank you, Akiko! I love your illustrations. Thank you for drawing me, and I love it very much!!!

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