"Your Eyes Only" is something I'm genuinely excited about, and it's probably one of my favorite things I've ever created. While working on this book, I was in my happy zone, experiencing the kind of creative groove I hadn't felt in many, many years.
SOZOMAIKA's Your Eyes Only
I've wanted to release a book that truly represents me for a long time. People have been encouraging me to create a book for ages, but I always felt like I couldn't quite find my voice within it. I felt stuck because I believed my work had to conform to the industry's cookie-cutter expectations. Back in my earlier freelancing days, I was told that everything had to be polished and follow a specific style.
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However, "Your Eyes Only" is my way of rebelling against that notion. It's my attempt to break free from the self-imposed box I had confined myself to for so long. Of course, I made sure to include some fan favorites, but I also wanted to create something that my younger self would've loved – something frivolously girly, Fashion forward, unapologetically pink, and as chaotic as pulling visuals straight from my head and slapping them onto the pages.
SOZOMAIKA's Your Eyes Only
This book serves as my visual representation of what's been going on in my head, how I see the world, and how I express myself – through a riot of colors, textures, and a lot of noise. "Your Eyes Only" is just me being myself on paper, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did creating it.