Yusuke Watanabe
About Me

Yusuke Watanabe

Yusuke Watanabe is a Japanese illustrator for children’s books and comics. With a background in law and politics, Yusuke left a career in sales to follow his passion for art and storytelling. Yusuke relocated to the United States to study storytelling at CalArts where he received a BFA in Character Animation. In addition to his love for art, Yusuke is also an avid chai tea drinker and plant lover. His ultimate goal as an artist is to illustrate children's books that inspire and bring joy to young readers. Yusuke (he/him) is repped by Lori Steel at Red Fox Literary.

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HONORS AND AWARDS
・The 17th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards, Book Cover Design: Children's Picture Books Finalist

・The Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2022, Category 2: Books for 6 - 8 year olds Finalist

・Chanticleer International Book Awards 2022 Finalist

・SCBWI DRAW THIS! December 2022 Winner

・Background artist-“Wolf and Cub” directed by Marvin Bynoe-Finalists for its 22nd annual Fine Cut Festival of Films

・Background artist and prop designer-“Unfit” directed by Will Kim-Indie-AniFest, Independent Walk Competition World Premiere 2021

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Exhibition
・COMITIA 145, Tokyo, Japan, 2023

・The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference NY 2022

・Art exhibition, Sweet Superposition at the Bell Projects art gallery in Denver, Colorado 2022

・California Institute of the Arts Open Show 2022

・The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Conference 2021

・The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference 2021

・The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Winter Conference NY 2020

・California Institute of the Arts Gallery Night 2020

・California Institute of the Arts Open Show 2020

・California Institute of the Arts Open Show 2019

・California Institute of the Arts Open Show 2018

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Invited Lectures
2023 Guest Instructor, High-Touch Animation program, CalArts Extended Studies, Los Angeles, CA
2020 Guest Instructor, Bingo Soroban School, Dusseldorf, Germany

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Press and Interview
・Bold Journey : Interview
・CanvasRebel : Interview
・The Postcard Post : Interview
・24700 NEWS FROM CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS : Interview : A FISH CALLED ANDROMEDA
・Book Lover’s Companion : Podcast interview : A FISH CALLED ANDROMEDA
・IndieReader : Book Review : A FISH CALLED ANDROMEDA
・Indie Spotlight December 2022 : A FISH CALLED ANDROMEDA
・The Children’s Book Review : Book Review : A FISH CALLED ANDROMEDA
・Bingo! Soroban School : Interview
・SHOUTOUT LA : Interview
・VoyageLA : Interview
・School With : Blog Series

Yusuke Watanabe