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My expression of lines is something like the particle floating around us.


UT inspired“, the T-shirt design project with world artists throughout the curator in each city in the world. The 5th series was curated by Shift, and the unique artists gathered and designed UT under the theme of “Number”.

An illustrator and artist based in Kansai area, ZAnPon was one of the participants of the “Number” series. You may have already met his illustrations in the collaborated projects with large corporations. Through “digmeout”, a project keeps on promoting and exploring young artists based in Osaka, ZAnPon is steadily expanding his activities including domestic and international exhibitions. We interviewed ZAnPon, one of the hottest young creators nowadays, about his projects and view of the world.

First of all, could you tell us about yourself?

Nice to meet you, I am ZAnPon, born in 1981, living in Kyoto. The main activity is featured by “digmeout05” in 2005, and then, the CD artwork of SEKAIICHI, RESONART project participation of Resona Bank in 2006, the illustration of the cover of the encyclopedia of Shougakukan, and the work of the sony limited edition model production of canvas@sony in 2007 etc.


Tell us about recent activity or project.

I collaborated with SONY material in canvas@sony, a project which SONY started from 2007.


You had been studing textile, what made you start to draw illustration?

It’s because I met digmeout. digmeout brought sociality to my messy lines and colors.


Your work is mainly structured with fine delicate lines, is that influence from textile?

I don’t think so. For me, expression of lines is something like the particle floating around us, if I would compare with the real world. The lines I draw are flying and jumping around freely on the paper, and I guess it’s quite natural. 

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