30 Painfully Talented Artists You Should Follow On Pixiv

Japan’s largest social network for artists is a bonanza for charming cartoons and swooping fantasy illustrations.

With 5 million members and 29 million artworks, Pixiv is probably the largest artists’ social network you haven’t heard of yet. The online gallery was founded in Shibuya, Tokyo, and only launched its English and international version in 2011. In 2009, Pixiv held its first convention in Japan. It also has its own quarterly magazine. In other words, it’s a lot like DeviantArt — with the house style skewing towards mindbogglingly elaborate citycapes and wistful anime naifs instead of DeviantART’s cyberpunk and goth obsession. There’s a lot of generic high school doodling, sure, but there’s also (as you’ll see below) disgustingly talented artists that will make your face collapse and your spleen explode.

1. K, Kanehira

32 year old professional illustrator in Tokyo.


25 year old artist based in Kyoto.

3. 森林栄二

21 year old student based in Beijing.

4. コーラ

23 year old illustrator from Niigata, Japan.

5. 錢憶 語飄

24 year old movie storyboard artist based in Shanghai.

(What is even going on here?)

10. pony

27 year old oil painter based in Tokyo.

12. 宮崎

26 year old in Tokyo. Definite Ashley Wood vibes on this.

13. gomnaga

26 year old book cover illustrator in Tokyo.

14. omiso

Currently has an exhibition in Tokyo.

16. 舟岡

Kyoto-based artist.

17. セミ

26 year old Korean artist living in Kanagawa, Japan.

18. たみ

22 year old in Osaka.

19. くの

College student in Osaka.

22. げみ

Fanzine illustrator from Kyoto.

23. 瞬く

The new definition of “cat-bearding.”

24. 京一

Manga artist in Japan.

26. 灰庭結李.

Color pencil illustrator from Japan.

28. tomoko

Painter based in Yokohama.

29. kudamono790

34 year old artist based in England.

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