30sec film artists Vol.53 – Suharu Ogawa

“I like approaching things with a sense of humour”

Suharu Ogawa is a Toronto-based illustrator originally from Japan. Her love for drawing started in a kindergarten art school after being kicked out of calligraphy class for refusing to convert to right-handedness. Formally trained in Art History and Anthropology in Kentucky and Ohio, she worked for several years as a university librarian in California – until her passion for illustration called her out of that career and into the pursuit of a lifelong dream. Since then, she has studied illustration at Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto, Canada.

Suharu Ogawa – 30sec film artists Q&A

What’s your favorite thing to do when you are alone?

Doodle my head off. Make lots of paper cutout/puppets.

How do you usually get inspired again after working on a big project/painting?

Take some time off and talk to other creatives to see what they are working on and excited about. Sharing passion with others is such an enriching experience.

What's the last great book you read?

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

What super power do you want to have?

I really would love to fly.

What do you fear the most?

injuring my painting hand (left hand) and centipedes

Do you have a motto or creed that as an artist you live by?

Be the best advocate of your own passion.

How do you come up with ideas?

I always thrive to create a work with a clear concept with a hint of humour.

What project/art are you hoping to create but haven’t got chance to do yet?

I’ve been meaning to explore and create a set of puppets!

Is there a childhood experience that has helped shape the kind of work you do today?

When I was very little, I had my own hidden fort in the corner between a couch and the living room wall. I spent a lot of time alone daydreaming and drawing my imaginary friends and world. They are still with me I guess!

Behind the Scenes – Filmmaker’s Experience

Suharu Ogawa’s work is fun, smart and delightful. It’s always intriguing to know what’s in the artist’s mind when they create something so different than our daily life. The animals and characters are full of life and fun under her imaginations.
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Artist’s bookshelf

The Master and Margarita
The Master and Margarita: 50th-Anniversary Edition (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)