INKO Ai Takita
INKO is a Japanese Manga artist based in the UK. She was born in Kyoto, Japan, and she grew up with manga comics, loving both reading and drawing them. After Graduated Kyoto University of Art & Design, she moved to England and studied at Central Saint Martin’s college of Art & Design.
Her works – cross overs of modern and traditional Eastern and Western cultures – have been recognised by many companies, museums such as British Museum, V&A Museum, Transport For London, Sony Entertainment Japan, and Guardian children’s book. She also delivers manga workshops in schools, galleries and museums such as British museum and Victoria and Albert Museum. She was appointed as a culture and language ambassador with School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Besides, her work was featured in an ‘Inking Woman 250 years of Women and Comic Artists in Britain (2018)’ and the comic ’Portrait Of Violence’ has won a bronze medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2018. The multimedia project she took part as an illustrator ‘Flight Paths’ won Innovation in Craft Award at Superfilm Disability Film Festival in 2021. She also actively takes part in art projects such as “House of The Setting Sun” exhibition at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House in 2021.
Her manga books are also available – “Portrait of Violence (New International)” – an Independent Publisher Book Awards medal, 2018 , “Tam O’Shanter (Cranachan publishing)”, “Manga Yokai Stories (Tuttle)”, “Extreme Stickering Manga (2019)” and atmospheric horror depictions “Tam O’Shanter (2019)”. You can find out a lot more on her web page.
She has also designed the main visual for this year’s HYPER JAPAN Festival 2022. Read the article how she designed it! INKO will also teach 5 Manga workshops at HYPER JAPAN Festival 2022, so do not miss this opportunity to ask your questions to a professional manga artist!