Hi y’all!

My name is Yohey, a freelance illustrator and a faculty member at P.I. Art Center in New York City. Thank you very much for visiting my website, and I hope you like what you see!

I love illustration. As Eric Carle said, “We’re a picture writer.” I love writing illustration to tell a story.

Quick note about me;

I’m a southern charm all the way; was born and raised in Kagoshima, Japan. I refer Kagoshima as Japanese version of Alabama (y’all get the idea haha). Then I actually moved to Jacksonville, Alabama, real Alabama, for school in 2005. I couldn’t speak English at all, none, didn’t know anything about the US, in terms of its politics, history, culture and etc., but moving to Alabama was one of the best decisions that I ever made. Sure, y’all don’t even understand my hustle there as a young Asian closeted-gay man there. But I’ve met so many wonderful people who taught me, cared about me, and supported me. They were heaven sent. After three years in Alabama, I moved to Atlanta, GA to study at Savannah College of Art and Design (ATL campus) where I earned my BFA and MFA in Illustration. Now what, I work in NYC dipping and sipping my blessings… I still feel like being a unicorn in the concrete jungle, but my life has been golden!!


3×3 Illustration Professional Show 2014, 2015
3×3 Illustration Student Show 2015 Bronze and Merit
Communication Arts 2014, 2016
Creative Quarterly 33 – winner, runner-ups
Gold Circle Awards (2) 2014
American Illustration 32, 34
The Society of Illustrators-NY 55, 58, 59, 61
CMYK Top 100 New Creatives #54
The Society of Illustrators-LA 49, 53

Let’s stay connected!

Facebook   I’m there all the time!
Twitter   Well, “I still don’t get it, but I’m there” kinda way.
Instagram   I LOVE INSTAGRAM… OMG y’all see my life there!