Held in hand, a ballpoint pen can make dots, which join to become lines, eventually forming a scenery. Various shades of blue are blended into each sea surface. To しゅんしゅん shunshun, drawing is akin to meditation, both done repetitively, as in breathing, calm and silent, sinking into the deep ocean within. Having worked in architecture for numerous years, he became a drawing artist 7 years ago, and through drawing, he hopes to present sceneries in their simple original form.
During his university years, he once made a trip to Europe to see the works by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. However, not long after he arrived, he lost his camera. He had no choice but to use pen and paper to draw what he saw in front of him, a process which he found amusing. Facing what was present before his eyes, he paid close attention, without looking only at the outlines but focusing on each and every little dot, not only on the structure, then something different would emerge. After returning to Japan, he did not want to forget this feeling, so he spent 15 minutes every night drawing things surrounding him. He is used to using the common ultra-thin and extra ultra-thin series by Mitsubishi, which can be purchased easily. Using them is easy and effortless, and he is still using the blue or black pens in the same series at present — it has already been 15 years, and he began to keep the used pens.
After deciding to become a drawing artist, he moved to Hiroshima, which brought more natural sceneries into his drawings, such as Setonaikai, the Seto Inland Sea. He uses only dots and lines to present light. “In the Great Nature, the lines in my drawing probably do not actually exist.” One time, he observed how silkworms ate mulberry leaves. They would push their head forward, and while munching on the leaves, they retreated their head and then push forward to munch again, over and over. This has inspired his work “sea/drawing”. He copied silkworms’ movements, forward and backward, on paper. “I’m not sure if this can be regarded as drawing. It would seem I was only drawing lines,” said shunshun, giving a laugh.
When drawing lines with bare hands, one cannot avoid shakes in the body, causing lines to deviate at the same time.“Once I felt frustrated as I had a feeling that I had failed. But when I took another look, I found that it looked just like waves.” From that day on, lines have become a very important mode of expression for him.