Coffee cup art – Tokyo-based illustrator Adrian Hogan's sketches of Japanese street scenes on the sides of disposal coffee cups have become an Internet sensation. His popularity surged when he began posting Instagram videos (see below) of his coffee art. They show him rotating an illustrated cup to match the view in the background.
Tokyo street sketches – "I tend not to be thinking of something else, but what's in front of me when I draw," says Hogan.
'Coffee People' – Hogan credits the idea to his illustrator friend Mariya Suzuki, who held an exhibition called "Coffee People," documenting cafe life. She invited other artists to draw on coffee cups for the show.
Adrian Hogan – Attracted by contemporary Japanese artists, the Australian first came to Japan five years ago.
Urban drawing – Hogan says it takes about an hour to draw a scene on a cup. Time varies for his other sketches. "It could take 30 seconds if someone who strikes a pose I like is about to hop off the train."
Wallpaper-like building – Hogan says he's influenced by the two-dimensional feel of Japanese illustration. "There's a flatness to the landscape and architecture here," he says. "It's almost like a wallpaper."
Entrances – Hogan's work includes a project sketching the front door of buildings in Tokyo.
People watching – Hogan sometimes draws Tokyo's Omotesando and Ginza areas. Omotesando is a hot street fashion spot while Ginza is the place to see older and more elegant locals.
Less glitzy side of Japan – Hogan says he prefers the city's older neighborhoods. "I'm drawn to those places because they've a lot of characters, history and people are often very friendly and interested in talking to you."
Sushi diagram – Hogan has used his drawings to communicate with locals, especially when he first came to Japan as an English teacher. "I found out by drawing as a spoke, it would help the students understand what I was saying more clearly."
Traveling tip – When traveling to places where he doesn't speak the language, Hogan fills the back of his notebook with diagrams explaining where he's from and what he's trying to find.