Oneq Nao is hard to define. There are hints of manga and bits of American comic book art combined with an art noveau style that leaves you wondering what Toulouse-Lautrec would have come up with if there had been a market for Pin-Ups when he was painting.
“My illustration might be defined as pop style with an underground flavor. I like to create simple images in my work. I start with a pencil and sketchbook and then use photoshop type programs to add color. I like orange and red tones the most.”
Oneq was born in 1981 in one of the most beautiful spots in Japan, Kyushu Island. Her work as an illustrator covers a variety of genres such as magazine art, DVD covers, apparel, clothing art and manga illustrations.
“I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” – Jessica Rabbit
There’s something special about pin-up art. They’re idealized images that are erotic without being graphic. A pin-up is a throwback to a simpler time when a bit of art could be a motivator and not just another X rated click. Arguably pin-ups objectify women but it’s just as true that it’s an art form embraced by modern women who feel empowered by Bad Girl Art. Rockabilly chic, Suicide Girls, Dita Von Teese; The pin-up is out there and alive in performances, photography, fashion music and tattoos.