About Eri’s Sports illustrations showcase.
In 2009 I was asked to produce creative artwork for Alfa Romeo 100 years anniversary by the illustration organisation Illustrative in Germany.
I wasn’t a racing fun, however I had a great opportunity to study how Alfa Romeo built their best cars last 100 years. To know well about Alfa Romeo, I contacted and interviewed several Alfa Romeo dealers in around the world. I believe that the illustrators should not only staying at home and draw, but also be more active, interview people and go out for research.
I found a great teacher, who is a very passionated Alfa Romeo dealer called Del Auto in Yokohama. He taught me various legendary stories which made Alfa Romeo famous. In the beginning I was planning to draw classic Alfa Romeo cars, however, more I studied about racers who drove Alfa Romeo in past, I got a big passion to draw racers, and Alfa Romeo’s iconic front grill shape.
Sports illustrations are dramatic, like Alfa Romeo, I’d like to develop my drawing skills more and I’m very interested in drawing not only the scene, but also athletes’ passions and aggressions.
One of Alfa Romeo illustrations was selected as shortlisted by AOI AWARD judges in 2010.