Mochizuki is Leading the High Contrast Flat Style Revolution

If you love art (or use technology), you’ve probably noticed a big trend in the last 5 years has been the flat design style. Flat design is defined by its clean lines, bold colors, and (since 2014 when Flat 2.0 emerged) simple shadows. In the art world, flat design collides with Takashi Murakami’s Superflat style, which is directly influenced by manga and anime, though Superflat comments on the “flatness” of society.

Takashi Murakami
An example of Takashi Murakami’s Superflat art style.

Mochizuki Kei is an illustrator based out of Osaka, Japan who has dropped the commentary and added in super high contrast to make striking works of art. This artist’s body of work sums up a major flat trend that is leaping out of fan art and into studio partnerships.

Hatsune Miku

Sega and Crypton Future Media love to collaborate with Kei when it comes to promoting Miku events and products. Even though Kei is a rising artist in demand, they still take the time to offer art tutorials via Pixiv’s Fanbox and share the occasional fan art of different anime, like Is the Order a Rabbit?

Is the Order a Rabbit?

While Kei does work with Crypton Future Media to produce fliers and art, they are a freelance artist who has contributed to work for Fate/Grand Order, DJ events, and cosmetic tins!

Fate/Grand Order Cosmetics DJ Event

Kei certainly has an abundance of artistic talent! Check out some of their other artwork from different projects:

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You can stay current with Kei’s artwork by following them on Tumblr, Twitter, and Pixiv.

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