Akiko: The technique was changed this time. This book was done by Lithograph. I’m using so many colors.
Akiko: I used to draw by wood charcoal and pencil and Gouashe. Lithograph has beautiful layering of colors and I like that so much. These pictures in this book wouldn't have been created without doing lithograph. It’s been 5 years since I started to lithograph and I’m getting many inspirations from the beautiful layering of colors.
Akiko: I always start from one picture of mine. This time it was the picture of the innkeeper at the hotel front. I collect the small pieces of the ideas. Some of them will grow to a story. Then I try to assemble them in many ways again and again. At the same time, l make the characters and the detail of the world, or I try to see another perspective. That might be connect the ideas. My picture book is an accumulation of the ideas. There is no magic formula. I’m seeking as well!
Akiko: As I stayed at Wien at Christmas season, I met a innkeeper at my hotel. He was nice and modest. It was interesting to imagine that how he feels always working for the people from all over the world at the same place. He looks curious about other culture and he is satisfied with his life there. He is the model of this main character.
Akiko: Yes that’s right. It’s me and who I was. And it’s also my friends or family.
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