Sometimes, the best artistic muses come in small and cuddly packages. For artist GOTTE, an endearing hamster named Sukeroku is the star of their illustrations. Sukeroku may be little, but the adorable protagonist has gained a big following for his relatable tales.
GOTTE draws the plush hamster in a myriad of different activities. Many are otherwise ordinary and include him eating snacks, trying on clothes, and working out. Other illustrations are delightfully peculiar. In one image, Sukeroku walks beside leggy store mannequins. Another shows him losing control of a Segway vehicle. Occasionally, GOTTE draws the cute character in more playful scenes—such as posing beside a teddy bear or dressing in a British royal guard costume. But more often than not, the fuzzy hero can be seen sneaking a quick bite in one of his round cheeks.
Although hamsters in real life are already endearing to the eye, GOTTE accentuates Sukeroku’s cuteness with a soft watercolor palette and delicate lines. The character’s shining black eyes and content expression are immediately lovable, and you cannot help but cheer the hamster on as he tumbles through life’s small trials and tribulations. Since GOTTE keeps the whimsical illustrations minimalistic with sparse or white backgrounds, the story of Sukeroku reads like a free-flowing picture book. No words are necessary to fall in love with the charming little character.