Featuring the creative stars of Young Guns 19
A year and a half of uncertainty across the creative industry and beyond has finally given way to a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel — a spotlight with a great big "YG19" standing in the middle of it. After more than 70 acclaimed creatives from around the world and across a multitude of disciplines reviewed hundreds of submissions, whittling them down to a formidable finalist list, we can finally reveal the phenomenal winners of Young Guns 19!
This year, we welcome a diverse class of 32 inductees into the exclusive Young Guns family, a collection of young creative talent that is already near the top of their game — and will only get better. These are the designers, the art directors, the illustrators, the filmmakers, the animators, the multidisciplinary artists whose names you'll want to know — if you aren't already following their every move, that is.
Ahead of the Young Guns 19 Ceremony + Party taking place on Wednesday, November 17 — our first in-person event since the pandemic began — we are featuring the future legends who will be stepping into the spotlight that evening.
When did you first learn about Young Guns?
I learned about it when Kenta Shinohara won YG17 in 2019.
What made you enter this year?
It's my first time– Tomoki Misato recommended me.
Since you are only allowed to submit six projects, how did you decide which pieces were best to enter and truly reflected you and your work?
I chose my favorite movie.
How did you celebrate when you found out you won Young Guns?
I am very confident in my work, so I wasn't too surprised. I found out at work, and immediately contacted my family to share my joy.
If you had to pick one of the six projects that you entered as your favorite, which one would it be and why?
My most favorite project is, Making of Fairy Belanda. This video has over 20 million views on YouTube. I love miniature.
If you had to describe your creative style, the part of your work that’s most distinctively “you,” what would it be?
High-level miniature modeling.
Who are some of the biggest influences on your work and career– people who may have had a hand in mentoring and supporting you?
Tomoki Misato and Shinohara Kenta. They are winners from past Young Guns competitions.
Now that you’re in the Young Guns family, are there any past winners you look up to and admire?
Tomoki Misato and Shinohara Kenta. I respect them.
The pandemic of 2020 is slowly starting to taper a bit, so do you have any big goals moving forward into 2022?
I want to expand my work into the world.
Name a dream that you have yet to fulfill — hey, maybe Young Guns can help propel you in that direction!
My dream is to be active in the world. I want to make people around the world smile.
"My dream is to be active in the world. I want to make people around the world smile."
Any thoughts on how you are feeling about winning YG19?
I am very happy. Thank you.
Go check out all the Young Guns 19 Winners in the archive!