Karasu Kimono

Time to start thinking about a "Japan Project" now that i'm in Japan. I have decided on a Crow theme since they are everywhere in Tokyo. This is a quick 3 hr experiment i did last night. I went to the biggest art store in tokyo the other day and got this tube of lilac paint and was really feelin' the color so I couldn't resist and put everything off and finally painted like i have been saying i would. I am trying to do some work totally analog, no computer, all traditional mediums. If you didn't know i have done all of my work with pencil on paper, acrylic paint texture backgrounds and then photoshop color. I did this with no photoshop yay! it feels so good to paint again. except this isn't fully painting, its kind of cheating, i'm letting the black ink lines do a lot of the talking for me instead of meticulous hrs of exact painting. I am messing around with the chinese ink still. I will comment on what i was thinking and the concept behind this and more crow themed pieces once i get my concept fully cemented. Acrylic, chinese ink, brush pens, colored pencil on paper.

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Bernie Fuchs

Bernie Fuchs was the guy that I saw slides of in illustration school and didn't like because all i saw were sports illustrations for sports illustrated. I stumbled across these illos on Leif Peng's Flickr account and have now been slapped silly by his work. For tons more inspiration check out Leif's flickr account and his today's inspiration site to get your daily illustration education. The sites specialize in 40's and 50's illustration. Bernie died in september. He painted a few presidents including JFK. What a guy. If all you know is his sports illos try to find his other stuff!

such an amazing spread, such an amazing shape made

reminds me of robert mcguinnis a little.

awesome yellow graphic shape

always been a fan of fadeaways.

and blue, my favorite color
subtle texture sets this apart from the computer crap that i turn out. oh it makes me want get paint out.

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Another work pile

These characters are for various literature for Choonhae University (
춘해보건대학 로고), a special trades college in Pusan, South Korea. My friends Mom is the dean of the school so i got to do this job! features are an optometrist, radiologist, yoga instructor, EMS rescue worker, dental assistant, and nurse. Most of the students are female so it was stressed that the girls need to be cute.

for UTNE magazine about volunteer groups that go to Malawi, Africa. the article is poking fun at these groups and asking if the volunteer groups are doing any good. Malawi is where madonna adopted a baby from and where other celebs have jumped on the wagon. There are also resorts there. sad to see an impoverished african nation and then bam! resorts and fat american highschool kids having pool parties after their "volunteer" work.

full page for strategic finance magazine about some boring and hard to grasp topic. i think it was something to do with cash flow. this is different from my usually style because i felt i couldn't capture the feeling i wanted with the jelly fish using pencil cuz pencil is dark and the jelly fish i wanted are luminescent. dont know which version they went with

monthly column about golf rules for golf magazine. this time it asks about getting a penalty for not playing a hole because the sprinklers were on. I forgot what the ruling was. I'm pretty happy with this one and think i captured the guy like i wanted to this time. I guess in the back of my brain i have the disney character Goofy in mind, i remember some old cartoon of goofy playing golf when i was a child.
for Texas Monthly. yay i finally got to work for them. this is a humorous article about being a human lab rat and offering up your body as a test subject for cash.

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