Ryuto Miyake’s Bestiary

The Tokyo-based illustrator's imagination is overflowing with birds and plants that he depicts in the manner seen in botanical manuals.


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Ryuto Miyake was passionate about illustration from a very early age. He spent his childhood in the Japanese capital in a family that had a strong liking for artistic pursuits. It was therefore only natural that he decided to study design at Tokyo University of the Arts. During a work placement, he was asked to draw up a poster. Having been focused on design until that point, Ryuto Miyake decided to embark upon a career as an illustrator after this first attempt and collaborated with the magazine POPEYE.

He draws inspiration from old reference books on flora and fauna and likes to adopt their graphic codes. His images often depict birds, his favourite animals, and he produces them in his studio under the watchful eye of Diane, a little bluebird. His classic style has attracted the attention of various companies, from Apple to Bottega Veneta, Gucci and Kirin. He also created the logo for the café Dreamin Man in Paris.

His first book, Subject & Object, which contains a selection of his illustrations, was published in 2021 by Graphic-sha.


More information about Ryuto Miyake’s work can be found on his website.


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