Born in Tokyo, Japan, Tatsuro Kiuchi graduated in Biology before switching to Art, which he studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After sticking with the arts, Kiuchi began his career by illustrating for children’s books. His very first book The Lotus Seed, written by Sherry Garland, sold more than 200,000 copies worldwide.
Kiuchi later branched out into editorial and advertising work. Some of his international clients include The New Yorker, The Folio Society, Simon & Schuster, The Guardian, and Random House.
The festive season and snow seem to be a reoccurring theme in Kiuchi’s portfolio, so it’s not surprising that he has been commissioned twice for Christmas projects. Once by Royal Mail, for their 2006 Christmas Stamp Collection and again in 2007 for Starbucks’ worldwide Pass the Cheer holiday campaign.
You can see how Kiuchi creates his detailed and textured illustrations in a couple of really nice ‘Making of’ videos over on Vimeo. To dive deeper into Tatsuro Kiuchi’s work check out his website and Tumblr.