grow: The Art of Koyamori Book Review from @kleffnotes

Koyamori, sometimes known by the name Maruti_Bitamin, is a social media artist whose work has been collected for the first time in grow: The Art of Koyamori. The newly created images showcase the beauty of her watercolor based works that span the gamut from nature images, urban images, and even cute food pieces. These collected pieces are bright and bold and blend the natural world with an element of magic that focuses on feminine human figures.

grow: The Art of Koyamori is full of beautifully done watercolor images that speak to Japanese artistic influences. I saw a connection to anime and kawaii pieces as some appear to focus on being just very cute. The food images particularly have a very kawaii feel to them, while the images that include female figures speak more to anime and manga styles. I was captivated by each of the images and was drawn into the beautiful watercolor work. Not only are the colors bright and vibrant, but Koyamori creates such details within her work that you will want to examine it to see all of the intricacies she has included.

There is very little written in this book beyond and introduction and a small closing sentence, but the work within grow: The Art of Koyamori does not need explanation. Rather it is a presentation of colors and images that will have you creating stories for the characters that you are seeing. There is a set of humanoid butterflies that look as though they could be going on adventures together and saving the world with their butterfly powers. I also loved her witch characters who look like they could be part of a children’s manga or anime about a sweet and magical world. You can find grow: The Art of Koyamori on sale now.

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