Wednesday, April 27, 2016


I love the rain.

And sunshine is overrated.


Monday, April 25, 2016


A little Didi sketch from our planning session...

This comic was (is) lightly Magic themed...still going ahead with it, despite the banning that renders it not as present as when it was written.

In any case, this comic was to be a warm-up for my real effort, but I just learned during Pro Tour Shadows over Innistrad Sunday that the whole universe of that comic is in jeopardy. But my disappointment is not even about that.

It's about the utter disrespect and disregard Wizards has shown its most outstanding people. People are being lied to. Is this not outrageous?

I feel I'm in a similar boat in a different ocean, so I really feel for these guys, though obviously their strife is far greater. But there comes a breaking point.


Friday, April 22, 2016


Ok, having gotten up to date on the archives, our new focus is Didi.

This was actually one of the first drawings with my new fudepen, so the ink was pleasantly a little lighter than usual. Typically takes a couple drawings before the pen really gets going.



Wednesday, April 20, 2016



Ah! This little project began in earnest as a New Years' resolution of sorts, and we've been posting roughly two weeks of content just about every day since then to get us caught up from where we left off in 2013.

I suppose the next archive project would be getting around to shoring up 2012's dozen-ish missing posts, but I must start focusing on the future now.

And we also finished our Pierce the Veil studies! Gonna party! Just kidding. Gonna go to sleep, maybe get some pizza and ice cream. And get ready for our first "live" post in years this Friday!

Everything's okay!



Monday, April 18, 2016


The inks to this torn alter, still, undecided on how to color this...kinda wanna try actual paints. I picked up some acrylic gauche that I've been looking to use...



Friday, April 15, 2016


A live-ink study of an incredible photo, no pencils or parental supervision.



Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Studying a cool pic I saw as the album art for a song I was listening to. Seeing if it might look good on a token, but using a different technique.

Rather than strictly tearing the token, I scraped off the token art with an art knife. It gives a neat look, much smoother than I'm used to, so I am wondering how this might impact colors.

Customized some of the gear, though--some Zero and Nyao merch for our heroine.



Monday, April 11, 2016


Another sketch from the Pierce the Veil study session. So close to finishing the documentary, but still drawing the interesting poses and things as they come up here and there.



Friday, April 8, 2016


More sketches they passed on for what would become the Kuniyoshi piece.

This one was fun, just like they are sorta competing with each other for the viewer's attention like Shonen rivals or something.



Wednesday, April 6, 2016


Just chilling in or about the hood or whatever.

My ears get cold so easily...I wear a hood or headphones constantly partly because I love sweaters and music, but also because it keeps my ears warm.

I discovered the headphones as earmuffs trick at Yale, where--get this--it snows.



Monday, April 4, 2016


I often doodle up on scraps of paper, and I noticed these happened to combo pretty well into a little story moment, like the Everbored Princess, Pearl of the Great One Blue, giving instructions to her little assassin Agents, Uno and Yahtzee. Her starfish Ace and Jacker are her bodyguards who can transform into giant, hulking bipedal versions at will, only their starfish bodies remain as mask-like coverings for their new bodies.

She only ever seeks Entertainment to cure her constant boredom and will scour even the Drylands in search for the latest Pagliacci--the embodiment of the greatest Entertainment on Myrral--housed in a living vessel that emerges only once every 100 years.

Her Entertainment standards are impossibly high, though, since she is obsessed with discovering the Pagliacci and will assume anyone presenting Entertainment to her is potentially the very vessel she seeks, and she suffers no rookies.

Appropriately (in her mind) she will send her Agents after anyone who she feels dares waste her Audience--however she will give them 72 hours to run so she can get at least one last stab at Entertainment from failures. Thus she has accrued many enemies from the other nations who also seek the find and claim the Pagliacci for themselves.



Friday, April 1, 2016


Boy, oh boy, my boy.

After months of daily updates, each of multiple weeks worth of content, all to resuscitate the archives, we're finally in the home stretch...we're now same-month...!

So a sampler of my dear Zero. Not his first digital foray and not his last.



Thursday, March 31, 2016


Looks like I skipped a week, so posting the progress for one of my first fudepen pieces, loosely inspired by Avatar characters, I'd say. Trying and failing, yet ever falling for, that Eric Canete monochromatic Copic look.

Hey! That used to be my backyard in Tokyo.



Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Fudepen and monochromatic Copics study after Dairyfree.

I don't often use the darker W-series Copics, but made a point to go no lighter than W-4 here.

The darker Ws make me think of coffee, but in a good way. I hate coffee, you see. Detest it. Audibly gag.

For the longest time, I'm talking years, I thought koohee was the Japanese for coffee, and that after many mix-ups where I had thought it might have been "Kohei" at first.



Tuesday, March 29, 2016


Making up for accidentally skipping this week with the Copics to one of my very first Fudepen efforts, not live-inked, though. You can still see some pencils underneath.



Monday, March 28, 2016

Sunday, March 27, 2016


Ah. I musta skipped the week of April 20, 2015. Making up for it with some old inks.

Vaguely inspired by Korra or Katara here, pretty sure.

This was one of my first fudepen pieces!



Friday, March 25, 2016


Super early version of Didi. Too dramatic or fashionable or something...just didn't feel right.



Wednesday, March 23, 2016


And the final of the old piece where I had to draw an ukiyoe version of Yamaken.

Did this quite a while ago, but managed to find the pencils, too.

To give you an idea of how long ago I did this, this is their generation 1 uniform, and he's not even on the cheemu any mo'.

Pro tip: doing ukiyoe stuff creates a hole that is quite pigeon-shaped.



Monday, March 21, 2016


Super old lines to a Yamaken commission. He had just joined the team at the time, so they wanted a little ukiyoe headshot of him to match the then duo that comprised the cheemu.

Just in case, I decided to make a full-body shot, though obviously I had a hunch any extra effort wouldn't be necessary.

I got to play him the weekend before he top 8ed a Pro Tour, ya know. Super nice, extremely methodical player and dude.

He's now on team Cygames. So.



Friday, March 18, 2016


I like this sketchbook because it kinda forces you to draw large, something I resist like it's going outta style.

I just like to hunch over the paper and have everything a mere motion away, and I can keep the whole piece in view easily.

But I struggle to keep everything in mind when I draw large. Is this even considered large?

I mean check out dem endamas, kid.

俺ニューヨーク is just a nonsense phrase that popped into my head as I was drawing this.

It doesn't really mean anything, just kinda captures the mood. I don't think she's even from New York.

Probably Nowheresville, Kansas.

Forget it, Jack, it's Palookaville.



Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Taking a break from a more finely lined fudepen piece to just jam large with the heavier fude.

Endama and Komuro for scale.

The 500 yen coin is my favorite coin. Round stuff rocks.



Monday, March 14, 2016


Sometimes I'll buy a box of chocolates just so I can contemplate what life is like as I sketch on the box.

My go-to here in Japan's the little acorn-themed choco, in which I studied some Area D.

Still chasing that fine-line fudepen dream.

And the chocolate choo-choo.

What's that even mean.



Friday, March 11, 2016


Luis Scott-Vargas posted a wonderful photo of his friend, fellow Magic pro Matt Nass the other day.

He looks so happy, it makes me feel happy.

So I thought I'd live-ink sketch Mr. Nass in the last page of my pocket sketchbook.

Turns out I accidentally skipped a page! Anti-climactic!



Wednesday, March 9, 2016


When I am scared, existentially scared, I tend to draw from life.



Monday, March 7, 2016


A little ad I made inspired by Dragon Ball Z, text-free version.
Printed version has JP up top and Angloos on bottom.

It occurs to me this looks pretty (extra) ridiculous without the text.



Friday, March 4, 2016


Man, I love Team Rocket.

Even as the show started to wane, I always, always loved Team Rocket. They always had the best lines.

And I always rooted for them.

But I like villains.

I even still own my official Team Rocket shirt I won in a contest from Wizards of the Coast? I won it from the official TCG's "Where is Team Rocket" sweepstakes, promoting the then-new official Team Rocket expansion. The font of the R is not accurate to the official show's font, but it's official merch! I emailed in an official entry every day for like two weeks! I still wear it, but I've had it for over 10 years, and it's finally getting worn out...



Wednesday, March 2, 2016


A lady from an old ad on the train.

I love riding on the train as long as I'm sitting, preferably in rows facing forward, but those wall-clingers can be nice, too.

I like sleeping on the train. I love the trains in the country side, or the Bullet Train to Tokyo from my old, small town.

I've always held that trains are the most romantic mode of transportation, in the aesthetic who knows who you'll meet. I love that scene in Tenchi in Tokyo where they meet and neither even know who the other is.



Monday, February 29, 2016


And old concept for an old dealio.

I liked the subtle blood splatter, the idea is he just got done beating up the background guy.



Friday, February 26, 2016


And the final for our little experimental exploration into fine watercolors.