Inside the Sketchbooks of Mogu Takahashi

Tokyo-born and based artist and illustrator Mogu Takahashi describes herself as self-taught – and her fantastical, colour-saturated drawings suggest that she’s a very good teacher. Her work has found its way onto textiles, ceramics, wallpaper, tee-shirts and mobile phone covers. It’s little wonder that it took months to track the busy artist down for The Chromologist.

Followers of Swedish blog and shop Fine Little Day, a stockist of Mogu’s work, may be familiar with the products that are adorned with her imaginative markings. However, we wanted to share with you a glimpse inside her extraordinary sketchbooks, which are the starting point to everything else. Below, these are shown alongside her minimal-but-revealing answers to her chosen handful of questions. Make sure you watch the video at the end of this post of Mogu’s “Daily Doodles”, complete with it’s own strangely uplifting soundtrack. It’s just the ticket for a grey December day…

Inside Mogu Takahashi notebooks | The Chromologist

How often do you sketch?


Mogu Takahashi | Japanese art-illustrator | The Chromologist


Do you sketch from reality or are the images from your imagination?

“Both! But I like to draw from imagination. :)”

Mogu Takahashi notebooks | The Chromologist

Where does colour inspiration come from?

Hmmm…. feeling?”

Mogue Takahashi drawings | The Chromologist

And pattern?

“Everything around me! Especially from the memories of travel.”

Sketches of Mogu Takahashi | The Chromologist

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Daily Doodles Summer 2014 from Mogu Takahashi on Vimeo.



Jill Macnair


Jill Macnair has worked as an interiors journalist for 13 years, contributing to titles including Elle Decoration, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. She set up cult interiors blog My Friend’s House in 2009 with Ros Anderson and continues to run the forum daily.

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