Amenomori - JCAT

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amenomori

BIOGRAPHY


  • Ame no Mori
    Ame no Mori grew up in a misty valley ensconced in nature. She sometimes drew pictures of plants and animals for class, and the praise she got was satisfying, but she was more the sort of child who loved running around the mountains in search of dangerous adventurous. The most fun things in the world to her were climbing trees and scrambling down cliffs, hunting and catching snakes, which she loved more than any other animal, and heading out in search of a thrills.
    She may not have gone out of her way to draw much as a girl, but it was common for her to happen upon dead bodies of creatures great and small. One day she stumbled upon a dead kitten. It was no longer breathing, but its eyes were so beautiful they continue to inspire her to this day. Those eyes are at the core of her artistic energy.
    Entering middle school, as she made more friends who draw, the impulse to create grew stronger. She was accepted to a high school specializing in art, and began to think of drawing not as a task, but as an attempt to discover what it was she wanted to draw. Meeting students her age whose work she admired left a positive imprint on her spirit.
    She produced paintings in a variety of media such as watercolors, oils, and acrylic gouache. After graduating high school, she went on to design school, where she first encountered pen tablet illustration and began to try it out herself. Much of her work from this period focuses on boys and girls who are physically frail but whose eyes betray a hidden perseverance.
    Following university, she found work as a designer, but remained active in her personal artistic pursuits, even if on a small level, by uploading the illustrations she did for fun onto the internet and creating illustration booklets with her friends.
    Soon she began to find more work in illustration and in the video game industry. After several years in design, she resigned in 2015 to pursue freelance illustration at her leisure, and to use her art as a way of conveying her perspective on life and death.


  • 雨の森は霧の濃い自然のゆたかな谷の中で育つ。小さい頃は授業で植物や動物の絵を(褒めてもらうのがうれしくて)描くことはあったが、山の中を駆け回り、命の営み・生き死にを体感するほうが好きな子供だった。
    木登りや崖っぷちを歩き回り、大好きな蛇を捕まえたりし刺激を受けながら遊ぶのが何よりも楽しい事と感じていた。
    あまり積極的に絵を描くことのなかった幼少期だったが、大なり小なり、日常的に生き物の死体と遭遇する環境の中で見た、1匹の子猫の死体。
    もう息をしていないその子猫の瞳があまりにうつくしく、感動した衝撃が、今の彼女の描くイラストの根底に根付いている。

    彼女が中学生になり、周りに絵を描く友達が増え、次第に「描きたい」という意欲が強くなった。高校は芸術を専攻しているところに入学し、この頃から゛描かされる゛より゛自分の描きたいものは何か゛を積極的に考えるようになる。この期間中、同級生に尊敬できる絵描きが数人できたことが精神的に大きな影響を与え、
    油彩や水彩画、アクリルガッシュなど色んな画材で絵を描いた。卒業後にデザイン系の専門学校に入学。そこで初めてペンタブを使ったイラストに触れ、自身も描き始める。この頃から、もろい身体に強い意志を秘めた瞳を持つ、少年や少女の素材をテーマに入れることが多くなる。
    専門学校卒業後、デザイナー職に就き仕事をする傍ら、趣味で描いたイラストをWEB上に投稿し、友人とイラスト集を合同で制作するなど規模は小さいが活動していく。
    この時期から次第にイラストやゲーム関係の仕事をするようになる。デザイナー職を数年経て2015年に退職後、現在フリーのイラストレーターとしてのんびりと自身の描きたい「死生観」を追求している。

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