drawing children’s dreams

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this is a drawing for an exhibition in spain in 2007. this exhibition is called “dreams” organized by roger omar in spain.

In 2002 I started a project of dreams. I ask kids from
different countries to write their dreams during 2 weeks.
From hundreds of dreams I made a selection of 60 very short
dreams from kids of México, Spain and Brasil.

he invited artists to select and draw one kid’s dream, to make an artbook of 60 dreams/artists. from the interesting children’s dreams, i chose #32.

32. (SPAIN-GIRL) – Yuka Yamaguchi
I dreamed that I married my dog. I was in the altar, dressed in white, with my fiancé. When the priest said “Kiss the bride”, I saw that my fiancé was a boy with my dog´s face.

usually i’m not good at drawing with a theme in mind. but to my surprise, i had a good time drawing this :) i hope the girl who dreamed this dream will like my drawing.

this result of this project will become an artbook. The exhibition of the project will take place in Cadiz-Spain, 2007. The kids dreams and the images of the book will be exhibited, as well as some other things related to the project, like photos and some original kids-written dreams.

along with their drawing, the artists are asked to submit one dream that they had in 2006. oh boy… i have tons of dreams to choose from. i dream a lot, or so it seems. after seeing my drawings, some people have asked me if i have nightmares. i really don’t. i have some scary dreams featuring cats (i’m scared of cats), but i’m not sure if those are in the nightmare category.

i have some of the same dreams over and over again. here are my recent dreams:

  • i enter Nijo castle (in kyoto) at 2am and have to run around and around the castle 10 times before dawn without being caught by the security guards. it’s hard, because Nijo castle has special “nightingale floors” that squeak when you step on them (protecting against ninjas!). cats keep getting in the way and i can’t run past them…
  • i’m on an escalator with hundreds of steps, and it’s not moving. i need to get to the top of the building because i need to buy a toy from the toy department of this department store. but by the time i get to the top of the stairs, a different dream starts…
  • i’m riding on the electric streetcar in kyoto, but i’m on the wrong train, going in the wrong direction. i’m carrying a suitcase that i have to keep secret and safe.

none of my dreams are really nightmares but they’re pretty stressful. maybe i’ll draw them someday.

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  1. gajomailindo’s avatar

    I hate these characters! Reading the articles becomes a sacrifice! Humpf!


  2. yukayamaguchi’s avatar

    wow, you’ve got one strong opinion on this, gajo.
    did a dog bite you before?

    oh, well… shoganai ne :D

  3. gajomailindo’s avatar

    Ok… I adapted and got over it.
    I’m sorry about the wining, I hope you can accept my apologies.

  4. rafaela’s avatar

    Yuka, I don’t think I’ve ever seen your not “realistic” drawings before.

    Even if this drawing looks great with the “realistic” dog, I love the bride girl. Seems like a cartoon. Have you done any similar drawings before?

    And that eye bumping out like a scream…

    Niiiiccceee. Please, let us see those dream-drawings you have…

  5. yukayamaguchi’s avatar


    that’s quite alright :)

  6. yukayamaguchi’s avatar


    that’s very true. i don’t like cartoon usually. i tend to draw rather ugly girls, but this time i didn’t want to hurt the girl who had this dream…


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