We met the talented Jody Asano through mutual friends at a photography fair. We were immediately taken by her singular point of view. 

 What do you do? I’m an Illustrator and Photographer. 

How did you come to what you do? Sounds like a cliche but I always loved illustration but never studied it formally. I studied Photography at Art Center College of Design. Illustration stayed a pipe dream until I was hit by tragedy a few years ago. It made me realize that I only have this one life as we know it and decided to live my life as fully and authentic to me as I could. I set aside any doubts I had and started. That was at the end of 2013. 

Describe the first piece you made. My first piece was of a girl in a black Dolce and Gabbana Dress. 

Describe a technique or material you see as an essential part of the making process for you. All types of paper, X-ACTO knife, camera 

What is your favorite tool? I don’t really have one.

Can you tell us about another maker you have been inspired by? Artist and illustrator, Chihiro Iwasaki. I love her work.  


What song do you play to bring out your productivity? I actually like quiet. It helps me focus and lose myself. Sometimes I listen to podcasts like This American Life and Snap Judgment, but only when I’m in the production phase of a piece. 

Which One and Why:

Learn from someone or work it out on your own? Definitely learn from someone, talk to different people, ask their views, but arrive at your own conclusions.

More or Less? Less for sure!

Early mornings or late nights? I wish I could say mornings, but I notice I work on my pieces well into the night. 

What is your #spiritanimal and why? Lion. I think the Lion is here to teach me to be assertive, to have confidence to walk into the unknown, and to trust my intuition. 

What book are you reading now? Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Five things you can’t live without: My daughter, my sisters, my friends, love, my work

Favorite place to travel: Favorite place I’ve traveled to so far is the cenotes of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.