Concept Art, Illustration

A visual story


Animation & Illustration


Rio 2096

A Story of Love and Fury

Project Type

2D Animation,  

Traditional Animation


Brazilian Animation, Animated Drama Film, Lightstar Studios, Annecy International Film Festival, Visual Development


Animation in-between and Clean-up Artist

Responsible for in-between frames/animation, breakdowns to key frames, and finished lineart of the film shots, in order to make them precise and consistent.


Work as an artist at Lightstar Studio's: Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury (original Portuguese title: Uma História de Amor e Fúria), a 2013 Brazilian animated drama film written and directed by Luiz Bolognesi.


Winner of the Crystal Award 2013 for Best Feature at the Annecy International Film Festival, becoming the first Brazilian animation to be selected for this competition. It was one of the 19 Oscar nominated films for Best Animated Film in the 86th edition of 2014.

A Visual Story

Project Type

Conceptual Art, Illustration,



Japan, Culture, Concept Art, Storytelling, Character Design, Color Design, Visual Development, Digital Painting, Procreate, Photoshop




A collection of visual pieces inspired by Japan’s culture, curious facts and stories. 


Impressions of Liberdade

A Graphic Experience of São Paulo's Famous Japanese Neighbourhood

Project Type

Conceptual Art, Illustration,

Experimental Animation


Concept Design, Concept Art, Storytelling, Storyboard Design, Character Design, 2D Animation, Video Editing


Creative Lead and Artist

Personal Project


This is an old experimental animation project about São Paulo's Japanese neighbourhood: Liberdade, from 2009.


The inspiration for this project originated from the experiences of my multi-cultural background. I am a third generation Japanese descendant, being born and having lived most of my life in Brazil. I wanted to create a visual experience based on the mix of the influences from my Japanese heritage, and the bright, colour and joy of the Brazilian spirit. 


Any questions? Feel free to drop me a line : )

© 2011-2020, Irene Sasaki