hikari shimoda is a japanese artist who studied at the prestigious Kyoto saga University of Art. illustrates in a surreal, semi realistic style. she is heavily inspired by Japanese pop culture, like anime and manga. she is a traditional artist and mainly works with oil paints.
her characters she depicts are mainly children, who appear to have some sort of supernatural theme to them, such as having features such as horns, wacky big eyes, and strange creatures accompanying them. her strong fundamental knowledge in art gives her plenty of freedom to create what she desires, therefore resulting in a unique style. she often describes her works as “where cuteness and horror coexist, and where fantasy meets reality” I can see this through the techniques that have been used in her art, such as her use of colour, exaggerated anatomy, and rendering.