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Aki Fukuoka

Aki Fukuoka was born in Nagano, Japan, but was raised from a young age in Whangarei. She now lives in Auckland.
 
With the encouragement of her parents she was always experimenting with art and making things alongside her sister and three brothers. They would spend their days playing in the sandpit or building things with blocks. Other days they enjoyed adventures in their back garden filled with native plants and animals. They also played with musical instruments and drew with pencil, paper, chalk and wooden blocks for hours letting their imaginations run wild! This is a big part of why Aki has so much fun drawing Billie and her best friend Jack, as well as the illustrations for the Go Girl books – their adventures remind her of her childhood.
 
After completing her education at Whangarei Girls High School Aki went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland. It wasn’t until her last year of university that she decided to make a career from her hobby of drawing. She was considering becoming a physicist! She’s so glad to be able to spend her days doing what she loves – creating and drawing.
 
Selected bibliography:
  • Billie B Brown: The Perfect Present text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2010).
  • Billie B Brown: The Beautiful Haircut text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2010).
  • Billie B Brown: The Extra-Special Helper text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2010).
  • Billie B Brown: The Second Best Friend text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2010). 
  • Billie B Brown: The Midnight Feast text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2010). 
  • Billie B Brown: The Bad Butterfly text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2010).
  • Billie B Brown: The Soccer Star text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2010).
  • Wild Rescue: #1 Poacher’s Peril (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Wild Rescue: #2 Earthquake Escape (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Wild Rescue: #3 Forest Fire (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Wild Rescue: #4 Polar Meltdown (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Lily the Littlest Angel text by Elizabeth Pulford (Scholastic NZ 2011).
  • Witchy Goes Shopping text by Dianne Boles (Scholastic NZ 2011).
  • The Big Book of Billie (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Billie B Brown: The Spotty Holiday text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Billie B Brown: The Best Project text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Billie B Brown: The Little Lie text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Billie B Brown: The Birthday Mix-up text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Billie B Brown: The Big Sister text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Billie B Brown: The Secret Message text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Go Girl: Sleep-over (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Go Girl: Surf’s Up (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Go Girl: Flower Girl (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Go Girl: Dancing Queen (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Go Girl: Boy Friend? (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Go Girl: Camp Chaos (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Go Girl: Sister Spirit (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Go Girl: Best Christmas Ever (Hardie Grant Egmont 2011).
  • Giraffe Attack text by Chris Gurney (Scholastic 2011).
  • Lily Gets Her Wings text by Elizabeth Pulford (Scholastic 2011).
  • Lily Has a Secret text by Elizabeth Pulford (Scholastic 2011).
  • Lily Goes Skitter Skating text by Elizabeth Pulford (Scholastic 2011).
  • Lily Lands in Bubble Trouble text by Elizabeth Pulford (Scholastic 2011).
  • Billie B Brown: The Copycat Kid text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2012).
  • Billie B Brown: The Pocket Money Blues text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2012).
  • Billie B Brown: The Deep End text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2012).
  • Billie B Brown: The Night Fright text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2012).
  • Billie B Brown: The Cutest Pet Ever text by Sally Rippin (Hardie Grant Egmont 2012).
  • Go Girl: Back to School (Hardie Grant Egmont 2012).
  • Go Girl: Sink or Swim (Hardie Grant Egmont 2012).
  • Go Girl: Birthday Girl (Hardie Grant Egmont 2012).
  • Go Girl: The Worst Gymnast (Hardie Grant Egmont 2012).
  • Lily Chases Lost Dreams text by Elizabeth Pulford (Scholastic 2012).
  • Lily Gets in a Pink Pickle text by Elizabeth Pulford (Scholastic 2012).
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