Thursday, August 28, 2008

Attire of the Samurai

Hello friends,
I checked out a couple of books from the library and one is about the samurai. Lately, I just want to make pictures with more appealing subject matter and foreign soldiers came to mind. The first picture is the latest and is of the Ohyoroi Armor, and below that is a Samurai Hitatare. The three-triangle motif that resembles the tri-force indicates the wearer is of the Hojo family. Below, are my initial drawings to get warmed up, and its of a Suoh Hitatare and Warrior Monk. All are done with ink.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Vines and Cat Power

I went over to my parents house for conversation and to eat scallops, and their backyard is so luscious with vegetation. Under those awesome vines are bamboos, in summertime, the vines dominate.

The vines are starting to take over the firewood too. I remember climbing them and resting on the highest part when I was little. Of course you sink and the highest part turns into the lowest part in a matter of time. Still relaxing and fun.

My cats Losa...

..and Fantastic.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Art & Music Mixer II TONIGHT!

Finally this show is gonna happen, dates have been postponed, location moved, but this show is gonna be good. The artist list is huge and some strong artists are going to be showing. Look for my stuff at Raglands (below). Hope to see you there!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Antithesis in the Sketchbook

So it all started with this feeling of making stronger more expressive lines and I needed a specimen. Say hello to Tip O'Neill (former House Speaker). I found an image of him in a old photojournalism book and his wrinkled chin and semi-fat features were exactly what I was looking for.
Here is John Vauthiers, a gold miner. With him, I wanted to keep the expressive lines but also add that dirtier/grittier look. Both drawings are ink and acrylic metallic paints.
On the opposite side of the spectrum you have the highly technical drawings of KĊsuke Fujishima. I found his drawings of cars and motorcycles very inspiring, so I decided to draw from a 1:18 scale replica of a Mercedes 300SL to see where I can take it. Its pretty rough, and nowhere near Fujishima's level, but it was fun, and better than the cars I drew in 3rd grade.