Illustrator Lets Japan’s Golden Autumnal Leaves Color in His Kimono Drawings

One of the oldest and most iconic Japanese garments, the kimono is often adorned with nature inspired motifs and patterns. From cherry blossoms to maple leaves, many kimono designs signify and celebrate the four seasons of the year. With this in mind, Japanese artist Kotetsu combines illustration, photography, and the Japanese art of kirie (paper cutting) to create one-of-a-kind fashion illustrations that let Mother Nature determine the pattern and color of the clothing.

To create each work of art, Kotetsu first sketches a clothed model on a piece of white paper. Rendered in his distinct anime style, each illustration features thick black outlines, with some parts of the character colored in soft pastel hues. He then carefully snips out large sections of the garments, before holding the paper in front of a natural backdrop. The resulting images show trees, leaves, and colorful skies become the pattern and hues of the figures’ clothing. As such, each piece is completely unique!

So far, Kotetsu has brought his drawings to various outdoor locations during Japan’s beautiful fall season. His images show deep red, golden yellow, and warm orange autumn leaves shine through the paper cut-out sections, while the autumn sun helps to create even more shades and pattern.

You can see more of Kotetsu’s nature-inspired fashion illustrations on Twitter, where hopefully he will show winter, spring, and summer-inspired works as well.

Artist Kotetsu creates one-of-a-kind fashion illustrations that let Mother Nature determine the pattern and color of the clothing.


By cutting out various sections of the models’ garments, the artist holds his drawings up to the trees and colorful skies to complete the image.

Kotetsu: Twitter
h/t: [SoraNews24]

All images via Kotetsu.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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