Thursday, October 27, 2011
So my brother Seth has a birthday tomorrow. Having such a celebration three days before Halloween is about the same as any other holiday birthday: the national holiday gets mapped onto your birthday too. Sometimes that can be annoying, but Halloween is about the coolest holiday ever. That said, this is the birthday card I made for my bro. Super traditional for Halloween, not as much for birthdays. He'll live.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
This is my attempt at Alison Sudol, also known as "A Fine Frenzy." I stylized her somewhat and now find myself wishing I'd stylized either much more or much less.
Regardless, this is my tribute to one of my favorite musicians. I'd like to do a portrait that is good enough to send her, someday. She has influenced me in many ways, and for the better. A Fine Frenzy's music is clean, unique, and enchanting. Alison retains her own style and absolute femininity in her singing. I love listening to her music on good days, bad days, and those in-between sort of days. She also looks cool, so naturally I had to try to paint her. If you haven't heard of her before, check out her website.
Or just start with one of my favorite songs by her, "You Picked Me."
Also, any critiques would be great. I am not really comfortable with portrait painting and it's something I haven't studied, so I know there are better ways of doing things! I'd appreciate any input on this one.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Hey everyone! I have been very busy with work and art lately.
I have been working on nine commissions for this year's Nan Desu Kan. They've been soaking up a lot of time. Secondly I have been commissioned for a children's e-book, an interactive version of the classic story "The Three Little Pigs." Yes; between drawing silly characters and glorified bacon, I have had a lot going on. Here is a little sketch I did a couple of weeks ago to break things up a bit.
Also there is a picture of what I kind of envisioned when I thought of crossing Asian style with Steampunk. Did this a couple months ago, but here it is.
Someday there will be more art. That's it for now, space rangers.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
"Ole Lukøje"is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christen Andersen based upon a folk tale telling of a mysterious mythic creature of the Sandman who gently takes children to sleep and, depending on how good or bad they were, shows them various dreams.
- Under each arm he carries an umbrella; one of them, with pictures on the inside, he spreads over the good children, and then they dream the most beautiful stories the whole night. But the other umbrella has no pictures, and this he holds over the naughty children so that they sleep heavily, and wake in the morning without having dreamed at all.
Here's my interpretation of Ole Lukøje with his pictured umbrella, this evening showing another of Hans Christen Andersen's tales. :)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I'm going to start with a piece I just painted last night. This is to promote efforts to send relief to Japan, to Haiti, and to any other place that needs the help of people who are in a position to help!
If you want to donate, several places are available. This list is taken from Time Magazine:
- The Red Cross: The Japanese Red Cross has already deployed 11 national disaster response teams to respond to the crisis but you can support their efforts by donating money. Similar to their efforts to help Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, Red Cross is accepting donations either online or via text message. Simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone (you'll be prompted to confirm with a second text reading YES).
- Shelterbox: The UK-based organization has 18 international affiliates and it has launched an online fundraiser for the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. Shelterbox provides assistance to afflicted countries by delivering large utility boxes that contain a shelter and other emergency relief tools. To donate online, simply go to your country's site and click DONATE.
- International Medical Corps: To donate to this global non-profit's Emergency Response Efforts fund, simply go to their site and select the amount you wish to donate (be sure to note if you want your donation to be a "recurring gift" for future relief efforts) and fill in your information.
- GlobalGiving.org: Working with other organizations such as the International Medical Corps, D.C.-based organization GlobalGiving has launched the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, which will give aid to on the ground organizations providing emergency services. They are accepting donations online with a funding goal of $90, 000.
- Convoy of Hope: This non-profit focuses on disaster relief efforts and you can donate either online at their site or via text message by texting TSUNAMI to 50555 (you'll also be prompted to confirm with a follow up text of YES).
- Salvation Army: The Japan branch of the Salvation Army has been working in Tokyo to offer shelter to stranded commuters and they are reportedly organizing a team to send to Sendai Friday night. They also have their Hawaii branch standing by, ready to help. You can help their relief efforts by texting JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation.