Paper coffee cups serve as the ideal canvas for this Tokyo artist.
They may not hold your favorite coffee or cappuccino lattes, but they’re possibly the most visually captivating coffee cups you’ll see anywhere in the world. They’re actually creative works of Australian-born Adrian Hogan, who has chosen to use disposable coffee cups as his canvas instead of paper or anything else.
While coffee cups may not be the easiest medium to sketch on, the Tokyo-based artist uses this unique form of canvas to mimic the reality of Tokyo street life and scenes around his daily life. Even with the complexity of drawing on the circular surface, Adrian is able to deliver an incredible level of detail, and infuse a multitude of colors to capture the moments around him. From parks to busy street corners and gentrified areas of the neon city, Adrian portrays Tokyo in a magnificent panoramic view that has now turned him into an internet sensation.
“The things I draw on the coffee cups can have real power on people and they can be affected by that in a positive way,” he says.
“That’s something I really like because it makes people react strongly to my drawings,” he adds.
After looking at his creations on Instagram, we tend to agree.