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Taking his inspiration from anime, manga and girls in kimonos, Gene Ho adds a touch of something unexpected to an everyday plastic raincoat.
“Anime and manga have always been my guiding light to all my illustrations. Bold and fine clean lines with soft colors as finishing. I’ve also always been captivated by the kimono in its many forms. The delicacy and beauty of a girl in kimono comes to mind and a sense of serenity flows with it. And I place the girl in different scenarios I have in mind. I like to see my illustrations fused with my surroundings. From furniture to fabrics and products. I name all my girls because I think they should each have their own character and emotions.”
After closing down his design studio in 2005, Gene Ho became a full-time freelance illustrator.
“I was in search of greater prospects in the creative circle. Inspired by the vast amount of illustration work, my passion for illustration started to bloom again. I’ve got a few selected illustrators that inspire me, most of which are Japanese. I am a big fan of everything Japanese, especially when it comes to design and architecture and that is why I fuse Japanese elements into my work.”
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