High Artist Spotlight: Kurono

Kurono is artist/illustrator based in Japan.He has done various designs for Tees, CD ,posters, and more.His creation style is Cute and Creepy. Blending cute elements with weird, poisonous twists can produce fascinating artwork. He said “I hope many people enjoy my work”.
We recently caught up with Kurono after High Art 2022 to learn more about his most recent inspirations:
Where do you find your creative inspiration?
I’m always looking for ideas from various things.
I personally get the idea of my work from so many things, such as a vintage B-class movie poster, some cheap kitschy thing and everything I like. I think the essence of my art is to express tastes and favorite directly.
Why do you do what you do?
As many artists do, I also fundamentally like drawing. I think it's wonderful that the things I imagine come into shape. And I would be very happy if many people enjoyed my work.
What art/artist do you most identify with?
There are many artists I respect.In particular, “Rockin’ Jelly Bean” and “Atsushi KANEKO” are among my favorite artists.
What themes do you pursue the most?
My favorite themes are “Creepy and Cute” I can't explain why I'm attracted to it, but I think it's fundamentally attracted to its unexpectedness.I would be very happy if I could encounter something that would reverse my conventional stereotypes and prejudices.I am always thinking about the idea of creating a work with such conflicting materials.This combination is difficult to balance and is also a fun part. On the other hand, I also think it would be good if I can draw a fun and cool pieces without thinking too much about it.In any case, I think if I pursue it, I will naturally develop my own personality.
What role does an artist have in society?
It's my personal opinion.
Art will enrich our life.
I think the world is full of art. On the contrary, how boring it would be if art were not in this world. Imagination is one of the privileges of human beings. I think I am very happy if it is able to come across art that changes my values.
What is your artistic outlook on life?
We have different values and ways of thinking, and that also change from age to age, and so that's why it's interesting and precious. I think it's the way the world is. but if I can create universal works, it's a great thing, and of course I aim.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I want to say “Pursue things that only you can make!” and “Study English more!” HaHa:)
Do you listen to music while you are creating? If yes, tell us your favorite song and artist.
I listen to various genres of music depending on how I feel at that time.
Rock, Pop, Hiphop, EDM, Soundtrack of movies or video games, and more!
My recent favorites are “Maya Jane Coles” and soundtrack of “Cuphead”.
Ah, yes! After watching the Super Bowl this year, I recently started listening to Dr. Dre again.
What's the best thing about being an artist?
It is truly wonderful to be able to connect with various people through my work.
What is your dream project?
I want to continue to challenge myself to various things.Art books, story publishing, figure making, etc.
I would be very happy if many people could feel that it is interesting to see my work or if they could sympathize with my values.