Hello there. My name is Oda Sonju, I'm a uk based artist and illustrator. Below you'll find examples of my latest work as well as little things in life that inspire me. Enjoy! And if you have any questions, or if you like what you see and would like to commission me for any creative purpose at all, don't hesitate to email me at:


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Saturday, 7 May 2011


Right, so here are the cover and page illustrations for a children's book I've been working on recently, called Catfish. It's about a cat called Finn who is really, really bored and decides to ask his fellow pet, Cathy the Catfish, about the sea because it looks far more exciting to live underwater than being a cat! After Cathy tells him how wonderful her world is, he digs out his owner's diving mask and after trying it on, decides to use it as a basket to carry Cathy down to the seafront. They jump into the water together, but the sea is no place for a cat like Finn, as he is thrown hither and thither by the waves and emerges absolutely soaking wet and shivering (and there is nothing more tragic that a wet cat is there?...). But he has helped his friend back to her home, and after waving goodbye as she happily swims away he returns to his own home and realises that a cat's life really isn't so bad after all - He can eat as much as he wants, scratch the curtains, play with his toys and climb the highest trees in the garden! That was a very brief explanation of the book - it's a 'come full circle' kind of a tale, which plays on words and images. It shows that being brave and trying something new and helping out your friends are important things to do, because as well as learning about new things you might just find that the grass isn't always greener on the other side, and that staying true to who you are and where you come from are also important aspects in life. Something like that anyway, hehe :)

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