Cannabis, with his excellence in sketching, austere color usage, compositional sense, and unique style of painting, has gotten him quite a number of really enthusiastic fans. Though, I’m of course sure that there are just as many people who hate him too (laughs). So, in today’s column, I’ll reveal the secret to the austere color usage in his artwork.
He’s great at crazy artwork.
And the truth is, in his crazy stay-at-home lifestyle, despite living as an illustrator, he doesn’t care about how he paints. For example, he limits his painting supplies to those available in the stationary corner at the convenience store on the 1st floor of his apartment building. Basically, he only uses a children’s sketch book and a pack of 12 watercolors, along with lead and coloring pencils.
Furthermore, he doesn’t really replace materials when he runs out, since the convenience store does not sell painting materials individually.
So, for example, when he runs out of light blue, he’ll paint without light blue. Next, when he runs out of blue, he’ll paint without blue. Or, he’ll mainly paint with all the leftover colors he has. Naturally, the painting’s color hue becomes one-sided as a result. Well, that’s the reason his fans praise the austere color tone in his work (laughs).
To be honest, until I had gotten to know him, I too had been fooled by this trick of his, and I would say something like “You put this together using only blue and red, didn’t you? These austere colors are really nice.” At one point, I suddenly thought “wait, could it be?”, then when I checked with him, he replied “Oh mannn, how’d I get caught? Masuda-san really is something” in a somewhat flattering tone. What a cute thing he is, totally making fun of people like that. (laughs).
That reminds me, I believe “Linda Cube Illustrations” is now on sale. At that price, and at that size and volume, if you’re a Cannabis fan, you should definitely pick up a copy. I hope you’ll commend it like “Huh? So you can paint awesome pictures like these using only materials from a convenience store?” (laughs).
Cool column about Tatsuyuki Tanaka, from Linda Cube director Shoji Masuda, from 1997.