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Mitsukazu Miharu + MACOTO (very image heavy) 
27th-Nov-2007 06:31 pm
In light of the recent negative mood of recent posts, with all of the issues with ordering, moderation, and what not, I thought that it might be a good idea to post more positive things to remind us why we got into Lolita in the first place, why we like the aesthetics, etcetera to prevent from loosing ourselves in all of this hysteria (okay, that might be an exaggeration of present circumstances, but nonetheless).

So I'm posting up some artwork and profiles of two popular Gothic & Lolita Bible artists that are from each end of the spectrum as inspiration, eye candy, and the like. Please though, remember to credit images that I have in this post and images belonging to the owners of each respective link, because I scanned and/or resized/cleaned up most of these independently, and it would nice to be given props for my hard work (the same applies to the owners of the respective links). Also~ DON'T DIRECT LINK. Please. I've just got a wee little photobucket account and uploaded them all by myself. If you want to use and credit them, upload them onto your own accounts.

I hope you enjoy!


Mitsukazu Mihara (三原ミツカズ, Mihara Mitsukazu, b.1970), is an Osaka-based manga-ka, artist, and illustrator. Along with Mana and other visual-kei artists, Mihara is credited by many as being one of the most influential forces in the development of the Gothic Lolita fashion sensibility. Along with being the featured artist on debut issues of the Gothic & Lolita bible, she has authored over twenty tankoubon (manga volumes) to date, reciving the first ever "Feel Young New Face Manga Awards" in 1994. Her major manga works include the six-volume DOLL (JP: Shodensha, US/CA/DE: Tokyopop), encompassing several short stories about human-looking androids, many clad in subversive Lolita and Victoriana-inspired looks. On Lolita, Mihara says, "’s about the spirit. It’s a desire to be eternally beautiful like a porcelain doll or a vampire. The fashion and the lifestyle all stem from this central idea."


Recommended Reading

chocolate (IBSN-13:
978-4757302976, JP, 2005)

DOLL Volume 1 (IBSN-13: 978-1591827108, US (Tokyopop), 2004)

Beautiful People (IBSN-13: 978-1598162431, US (Tokyopop), 2006)

IC in a Sunflower (IBSN-13: 978-1598167696, US (Tokyopop) 2006)

R.I.P. Requiem In Phonybrian (ISBN-13: 978-1598165050, US (Tokyopop) 2006)

Websites of Note

Quotation in profile from above interview

Aethereality Gallery: Mitsukazu Mihara
Great scans if you don't actually own Mihara's artbooks.

Mitsukazu Mihara Gallery @
GLB scans

G&LB Bibliography

Volume 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Volume 4

Volume 5

Volume 6

Volume 7

Volume 8

Volume 27


Macoto Takahashi (高橋 真琴, Takahashi Makoto b.1934), known commonly as MACOTO, is another manga-ka, illustrator, and artist from Osaka. He was well-known as a manga-ka for the anthology Margaret in the 1960's, and became increasingly popular during the first big wave of sparkly-eyed, shoujo romances (think The Rose of Versailles and Year 24). He became prominent again during the 1990's-early 2000's, much due to the emergence of Lolita-as-we-know-it during the same period. MACOTO's work has been featured in several Gothic & Lolita Bibles, and Lolita everywhere treasure his repetitive, albeit lovely, glittery-eyed maidens in their flora-adorned, Fairytale worlds. In recent years he has kept a significantly lower profile, although he has his own official gallery located in Chiba. MACOTO also has an annual show in Ginza (the 2008 show will take place from May 27 to June 7).


Recommended Reading

Ai no Okuremono (Japanese: 愛のおくりもの IBSN-13: 978-4568103496, JP, 2003)

Akogare - Takahashi Makoto [Gashuu?] (Japanese: あこがれ―高橋真琴画集, English: Yearning―Takahashi Makoto Book of Paintings, IBSN-13: 978-4835442655, JP, 2006)

MACOTO no Ohime-sama (Japanese: MACOTOのおひめさま, English: MACOTO's Fine Princesses, IBSN-13: 978-4891946241, JP, 2001)

Collector File, Volume 1: Girls In Pop [ft.
Junko Mizuno (Illustrator), Red Hot Mama (Author), Macoto Takahashi (Illustrator), and Noriya Takeyama (Illustrator) (IBSN-13: 978-1569317808, US (VIZ), 2002)

Websites of Note

The Official MACOTO gallery website

G&LB Bibliography

Volume 9


Volume 23 (with soon out-of date CUT-OUT CALENDAR)

Also, much thanks to pgchan for her contributions to the development of MACOTO's profile (the comment thread)!

28th-Nov-2007 01:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for doing this!
28th-Nov-2007 01:07 am (UTC)
such beautiful work >< i love macoto. thanks for posting the info!
do you mind if i take one of your pictures and make it into a user pic? with credit of course!
28th-Nov-2007 01:08 am (UTC)
Go ahead!~ ^-^
28th-Nov-2007 01:14 am (UTC)
awwww! what a wonderful post! :3
28th-Nov-2007 01:16 am (UTC)
I would like to make a user pic as well. I don't know how to give credit other than the label, though....

Thanks for posting such beautiful pictures. ^^*
28th-Nov-2007 01:21 am (UTC)
I don't really know how to do do it either... it's got to be in the LJ FAQ somewhere, haha... All you really need to do is just plug my UN somewhere in the description section. I'm happy with that ^-^
28th-Nov-2007 01:18 am (UTC)
thank you, this is just lovely~ ♥
28th-Nov-2007 01:24 am (UTC)
Although Macoto has some pretty artwork, I do prefer Miharu and I think her artwork is really amazing!! I especially love the teaparty scene with the wine. I mean, the wire chairs have the card suits shapes into them! Besides, I love the idea of a tea party gone wrong, just for sheer lulz.

I also realize, now, that I've definitely seen a bunch of her work (these pictures) before, in the Bibles (as you've mentioned). Now I know who drew them in all their amazingness.

Thanks for putting all of these up, and taking the time to share the information. It was really nice.
28th-Nov-2007 01:26 am (UTC)
aww~ thank you for doing this! what a WONDERFUL post~!
28th-Nov-2007 01:43 am (UTC)
Beautiful~~Thank you!!
28th-Nov-2007 01:46 am (UTC)
Thank you for this beautiful post!
28th-Nov-2007 02:17 am (UTC)
Thank you for the Macoto pictures and a link to his website! I've had the hardest time trying to find his work online.
28th-Nov-2007 02:21 am (UTC)
lovely! the first artist kinda reminds me of ai yazawa.
28th-Nov-2007 02:42 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for posting these! I'll be sure to credit you if I use them for user pics
28th-Nov-2007 02:43 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for sharing so many pictures of MACOTO's work. I adore his style. *_*
28th-Nov-2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Thank you for Macoto!!! So gorgeous.
28th-Nov-2007 02:58 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! How sweet of you.
28th-Nov-2007 03:05 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I love all of Macoto's pictures, and I will be adding these to my personal journal memories.
28th-Nov-2007 08:02 am (UTC)
Did you add this to the comm memories? If you didn't, pezzazz, would you mind if I added this to the memories?
28th-Nov-2007 03:24 am (UTC)
I saw one some of the first artist's work in one of my Bibles the other day and I was totally taken by it. I especially love her Guro-Loli and Wonderland themes. :3
28th-Nov-2007 03:38 am (UTC)
Thank you for taking the time and effort to post all this!

As a side note, I don't think you need to explain why you want to post something cool. :) I think positive posts are welcome at any time, not just during high complaint/issue volume.

I also find Mihara's work refreshing, because it's definitely Lolita or Lolita-flavored and yet breaks the "rules" I think some artists feel constricted to when posting art here (skirt length, etc.).

28th-Nov-2007 04:02 am (UTC)
Oh wow, I love Macoto's work. Thanks!
28th-Nov-2007 04:24 am (UTC)
One of Miharu's artworks, the one with the two girls with done up hair with feathers in it...i think was once used in a gothic and lolita bible and the models wore those hairstyles. it's pretty ^_^ i can definetly see Mana influence in her works!
28th-Nov-2007 04:25 am (UTC)
Macoto is a god
though he should draw other things besides blonde white girls.

and Mihara is decent enough but he has so serious anatomy issues and it's not because of the stylization.
28th-Nov-2007 06:03 am (UTC)
Haha, there were three brunettes in that whole bunch. It is kind of part of his style, but I agree that it would be nice to see a little more variety.
28th-Nov-2007 06:01 am (UTC)
Hahaha, I love everything! XD It's nice to have a reminder of how great this comm is without loads of drama. ; ) Thank you for this post!
28th-Nov-2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Wonderful post! Thank you for the images. This reminds me of the Art Nouveau style :).
28th-Nov-2007 08:12 am (UTC)
Mmm, I love Takahashi Macoto! His art puts me in a happy place. *^^*
28th-Nov-2007 08:47 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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