Interview with Moriuo

I recently caught up with Moriuo and asked him a few questions. I love his art, and hope you do too.

What made you begin to draw gay illustration?
When I applied for a competition which was for the readers of a gay magazine, I sent the postcard that I drew an illustration on. Because it was liked by the editor, they began to give me requests for illustration. I am still deeply grateful to the editor.

We know you often produce a work by request. Do you have any themes or mottoes?
I want to depict in my work prettiness or warmth regardless of contents of the illustration. When I draw illustrations of sex, for example, I do not want to draw the illustration that is only horny, and only makes people want to masturbate. I hope my works are always cute, cheerful and heartwarming although it can make people surprised.

Illustration by Moriuo

Illustration by Moriuo

Could you recommend a good place in Tokyo to overseas gay people?
As I like the town of Kichijoji, how about GHIBLI Museum at Inogashira Park?

Could you explain the pencil drawing that we will introduce this time?
This is the work published as a frontpiece of the correspondence section in a gay magazine for several years. I drew four scenes of two guys who got to know each other through correspondence, arranged the first rendezvous, dated many times and fell in love. Also, I added the Japanese four seasons to the four scenes. I received a letter from the reader, and he said “I want to fall in love again.” I will be really happy if readers seeing my works feel just like him.

Illustration by Moriuo

Illustration by Moriuo

What is the material you use when drawing?
When drawing colour illustrations, I always use acrylics. People sometimes ask me if I use computer but all of my works are freehand drawings. And, I use pens and pencils for black and white works.

What kind of man do you feel is sexy?
I feel that men having some complexes or emotional scars are more sexy than men with confidence. And I feel that men having low and cool voices are very sexy although it is difficult to portray it in illustrations.

Do you have a partner?
Yes I do.

Illustration by Moriuo

Illustration by Moriuo

Could you give a message to the people seeing your artworks?
In our lives, we experience happy, sad, harsh and pleasant things. Those individual lives are small but it can be everything of the world. I would like to draw such lives, as a gay illustrator born in Japan in this age. And, I am really glad when my works are seen or touched by people somewhere in the world. While I can not go around all over the world, I hope that my illustrations meet a lot of people instead of me. I am looking forward that. Thank you.

Illustration by Moriuo

Illustration by Moriuo

Finally, what is your plan in future?
I am going to exhibit works at a group exhibition of the gay event in October, and also sell goods such as postcards there. And other things I’ll produce are illustrations for a calendar of 2011 that will be sold at gay shops, and to produce the front cover of HIV illumination booklet.

Want to know more? Read other posts about Moiuo.