Hello! I’m Momoko. I am a London-based, self-taught illustrator from Japan. I absolutely adore children’s books and I am currently developing my debut picture book (to be published in 2020) along with other collaborations.
I am represented by Eunice McMullen.
I am also a member of The Association Of Illustrators since 2016.
MY STORY SO FAR…
Born and bred in Japan, I grew up in a house made of book shelves (my grandpa was a poet, my dad was a writer and my mum was a school teacher), where I was allowed to doodle on the walls (or I thought I was). As a child, I drew all the time – on notebooks, furniture, walls and even back of exam papers! As a grownup, I am pretty much the same although I don’t draw on furniture that much any more.
My interest in visual storytelling brought me to UK to study filmmaking when I was 20. I still work in the TV/film industry, however, one day I decided to pursue my true passion for children’s book illustration. Since then, I attended workshops and short evening courses and taught myself how to make picture books by reading lots of books and meeting many artists.
I like dynamic compositions and beautiful colour combinations, and animals and food are my favourite subjects to draw. I enjoy using both traditional media such as gouache paints and colour pencils as well as a computer.
London is now my second home. I enjoy living here with my baking-mad cat Clementine. We have a blog called The Cat’s Whisk where we share our recipes and stories of her baking adventures.
And here I am. This is my story so far. (I did classic ballet for 15+ years and I have applied for the Great British Bake Off once but these are stories for another time.)
Avocado Asks (Orchard) – out in April 2020
World Illustration Award (shortlisted for Children’s Book category) @ Somerset House, London, July 2019
AOI Come Together @ The PrintSpace Gallery, London, December 2019