Great collaboration of Hajime Sorayama, Rockin’Jelly Bean and Katsuya Terada. This book was issued in commemoration of their joint exhibition “TOKYO SWEET GWENDOLINE” at Vanilla Gallery in Tokyo, 2018. Along with great illustration, each of them talk about when they knew about John Willie, better known by the pseudonym John Willie and how he influenced their art. John Willie (1902-1962) was a British artist, fetish photographer, editor, and the publisher of the first twenty issues of the fetish magazine Bizarre.
If you’re fan, better not to miss this book. They have become icons of Japanese erotic art by taking it to a whole new level.
Hajime Sorayama (Born in 1947)
A JAPANESE ILLUSTRATOR BORN IN IMABARI, EHIME PREFECTURE
He is known worldwide for his precisely detailed, erotic portrayals of feminized, biomechanoid robots.Using brush, pencil and acrylic paint, airbrushing only finishing details, he creates memorable images in a hyper-realistic style. He is often referred to as the contemporary Vargas by those familiar with his pin-up style works, and is respected by artists and illustrators for his perfect technique. In 1978, "Sexy Robots" series made his name known to the world. In 1999, he worked on the concept design ofthe original Sony Aibo robotic "pet" whichreceived the Good Design Award Grand Prix (MITI), Media Arts Festival Grand Prix (Agency for cultural affairs).
Katsuya Terada (Born in 1963)
A JAPANESE ILLUSTRATOR AND MANGA ARTIST BORN IN TAMANO, OKAYAMA.
His work ranges widely from manga and novel illustrations to character-design for games and anime. He designed characters for the Blood: The Last Vampire movie. His illustration was used for Hellboy and also for Nintendo Power magazine. His alias is Rakuga kingu, "Doodle King".
A JAPANESE ILLUSTRATOR
He began drawing manga at a young age. In his late teens, he joined surf band Jackie & The Cedrics as bassist. He produced band and event flyers, and in 1990, began to focus more seriously on being an artist. He moved to the U.S. in 1996, working in Los Angeles where he started up his original brand EROSTY POP. After returning to Japan, he established EROSTICA In 2004 as his official shop and continues to create his art work. He is known to wear a Lucha doll mask at all times and is said to never appear in public without it.