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Category: Makoto Koji

Competition – Alfie the Snow Dog is the cutest of them all!

March 27, 2017 Total Girl collaborated with The Illustration Room and our artist the fabulous Makoto Koji to challenge tween girls to design a cute character using Makoto’s character development guidelines. After much deliberation, Makoto has chosen TG Nadia’s ‘Alfie’ to win her stationery prize pack.”

Makoto Koji – illustration and animation – wins Best Animation and Best Sound Design at the South Australian Screen Awards

November 16, 2016 – Adelaide based Paper Rabbits by Makoto Koji is excited to announce the launch of her animated short Peppercorn Babycorn Unicorn online. Click here to watch the short…

Peppercorn Babycorn Unicorn tells a story about young girl spending the weekend with her imposing Grandmother. While left unattended the girl hijacks her Grandmother’s cauldron and attempts to make a Unicorn. The animation was produced solely by Makoto in Adelaide over 13 months and was supported by The Media Resource Centre’s Frame x Frame initiative. The score was created by South Australian Composer Christopher Larkin.

Peppercorn Babycorn Unicorn is animated traditionally in Photoshop and inspired by a mix of European folk tales and classic Japanese animation. The story pays tribute to Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine & Kiki’s Delivery Service by Studio Ghibli.

The film won Best Animation and Best Sound Design at the South Australian Screen Awards earlier this year.

Makoto Koji is a Japanese-Australian Animator and Illustrator, born in Hiroshima in the Year of the Rabbit and raised in the wilderness of rural Queensland.  Her work draws from a unique upbringing of both Eastern and Western sensibilities, inspired by fairy tales, animals and all things sweet. Through her brand Paper Rabbits, Makoto aims to spread her stories to the world.

Put your detective hat on….

March 18, 2016 Makoto Koji creates a cute who dunnit for Total Girl Magazine. Can you work out the fate of Barnaby the Hamster?

It’s too adorable for words, you just have to watch it….

February 17, 2016 You will fall in love with Australian illustrator and animator Makoto Koji’s latest work… Click here to watch her animation – Valentine’s Bun

Makoto Koji, is a female Japanese/Aussie Animator and Illustrator, born in Hiroshima, raised in the wilderness of rural Queensland and currently based in Adelaide, South Australia. She began her professional animation career in 2007 at The People’s Republic of Animation as an Animator and Character Designer on Short Films (Including Oscar Short Listed – The Cat Piano, 2009), TVC’s, Television Series, Music Videos and Game Cut Scenes.

In 2014, Makoto’s distinct body of work was recognised by QANTAS Spirit of the Youth Art Awards (SOYA Awards) where she was a Finalist in the Animation category. She has been a successful grant recipient multiple times and recently was the featured Animator for LoopdeLoop x WANDAA (Women and Animation Australia) event, where they screened her short films, Peppercorn Babycorn Unicorn and Ko-Oni to celebrate female Animators internationally.


Makoto Koji’s anime take on Australian native animals

June 24, 2015 Makoto Koji created a series of baby native South Australian animals for a department of health children’s program. Living in Adelaide herself Makoto enjoyed the opportunity to draw the babies in her backyard.

New Artist – Makoto Koji

June 13, 2014 A few months ago I met Makoto Koji in Brisbane to discuss representation. I was completly charmed by her gentle creative nature and her gorgeous portfolio of work that jumps effortlessly between a Japanese animee feeling and the inspiration of a childhood growing up in rural Queensland, Australia. Time for an Australian animee… we’d like to be roasting marshmallows around the campfire with this too cute little Scout crew. She is an exciting new edition to The Illustration Room.

Makoto is a Japanese/Australian Animator & Illustrator, born in Hiroshima and raised in the wilderness of rural Queensland. Her work draws from a unique up bringing of both Eastern and Western sensibilities. She is inspired by fairy tales, animals and all things sweet.

Makoto graduated Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, with Bachelor of Animation, in 2007. Since then she has provided illustration and animation to some of the leading Animation Studios, publishers and toy companies in Australia.