Monday, May 20, 2013


I literally have to see if I remember how to do this.

Exhausted after losing horrifically at FNM, I missed my stop coming home because I fell asleep on the train. My options were to wait in the open-air station with the bums and bees until the first train at 6am, grab a six minute and 4,000 yen cab, or camp out at a 24 hour McDonald's until train time. Fortunately I had my art kit with me as always, so I chowed down to some long-lost McCheeseburgers and McFly's, hoped I wouldn't have to pee or poo for the next several hours, and camped out while coloring this and listening to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on my dying phone.

Made it back in One Piece.

(Today is 8/16/14)


Friday, May 17, 2013


I try and try, but the only thing I do? I scream.

We've got a rough patch...will update when we can.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013


On an elementary visit day, some chibi jKids handed me stationary and asked me to draw them things. 

 And things I did draw.

Thingachus, actually.


Monday, May 13, 2013


Some homework sketches for the jKids. The prompt was, "What were you doing last Saturday?" 

I encouraged them to be creative, and they came out with some nice lines. For example, "I was contacting to space," and "I was eating people," "I was talking with dog." Beautiful stuff!

Side note: when given total creative freedom, jFolk love talking about eating other people, I've noticed.


Friday, May 10, 2013


Here are some dudely doodads for our main May ALT poster after our first wave here.


Wednesday, May 8, 2013


I bought some ¥440 sketch cards and thought I'd give them a try, with the only goal being bombastic sloganism contrasting with an unlikely source.

The durable kentboard sketchcard paper is really thick, so I can't sleeve them (I wanted to start making custom creature tokens) and the surface is tough, but I'm happy enough with them.


Monday, May 6, 2013


Playing with language and what it looks like to me in these homework sketches.


Friday, May 3, 2013


Some more doodads from our main May ALT poster and our second wave's here.
Note the One Piece Shanks Tanks from the tongue-twister section.


Monday, April 29, 2013


I drew a quick little Goku for a jKid, coloring only with Staedtler and Zebra pens. 
It's Goku, but with a twist.  The twist is that he's about to don Luffy's hat.
Clever, I know.

Friday, April 26, 2013


Here is our secondary ALT poster anchor.

The primary poster is here.

I didn't have any pics of the final board, but this is the only joosy part, really.

You can see the featured segment here.

This month's anchor is my favorite jCreature, the Kappa.






Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Here are doodads for our secondary April ALT poster, the main being here. I had decided to try to do a main doodad each poster, time permitting, as a sub-anchor to extend the interest of the piece across the full extent of the page, so here are the pencils for this poster's sub-anchor.

These are the inks on it. The design was inspired by Monster Hunter Epic, a manga I picked up a while ago and whose style is incredible. I love the Wayne Reynolds-esque, bulky armor style Monster Hunter seems to have, where the armor on characters seems to be a tad bit unrealistically cumbersome, such that you wonder how they can actually fight effectively in their gear. It's not terribly practical the more you think about it, but it looks so cool. So this was me trying to emulate that, plus Monster Hunter's tendency to have fur puff out of armor at every possible chance.

Here a section on goofs. It's a lighter version than the main poster since we simply have less space to work with on the secondary posters.

This is a little, literal Easter Egg I left on the back of the poster. If you find it, you get a fabulous prize. Nobody found it.


Monday, April 22, 2013


More art alters to that dot to dot sheet, this time riffing off the shapes they made.


Friday, April 19, 2013


Some color alters to worksheet I made on the passive voice were made by me.
Nintendo characters, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and DC characters were drawn.

Inks were drawn.

But pencils were put down first.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Some art alters to a worksheet I made. I guess these are technically homework sketches, too?


Monday, April 15, 2013


This homework sketch made me smile. Not only is it cuz it's a delightful typo, but because it's regarding one of the uniquest topics I ever encountered, being a Walking Dead fan in Japan.


Friday, April 12, 2013


Here is the final main April ALT poster, including a spotlight on traditional US gags, Groucho, US comedy styles, a simple joke, a Truth or Dare demo, and an Easter corner.  For a breakdown of the incidental doodads of the poster, go here.

This is a walkthrough of coloring our anchor image. 

The walkthrough of the facial area is here.

I am not sure how the gag flower would work in this case, but just go with it.

The pose, if you caught it, is modeled after Groucho's famous cigar-twiddling one, like the pelican and the pickles, but with the Shyamalaian twist that it's not a cigar but a bill on a string that's being twiddled.

Also, the Joker thing was a reference to the use of that word in Japanese society for seemingly arbitrary reasons.

You'll find the word "Joker" on things that have nothing to do with comedy or light-hearted things, like there's a men's fashion magazine called "Joker," when it should be rather be called, "Expensive Things Nobody is Ever Going to Buy-er."

Of this one cooking manga called "Hungry Joker."

Nothing to do with the concept of the joker as we know it.

I think it just means a "cool guy."

Anyway, here it doubles as actually applying to comedy, too, so hopefully Japanese people learn something about the proper usage of the word.

Or not.

I get paid either way, all the same.

And here is the "staff" photo for this anchor.  Fun stuff.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Here's more from the main April ALT poster
This is a process of the anchor image's face.
It was fun drawing a girl with a mustache.  
I drew groucho glasses before, once, and I remember it was fun then, too. 

Anyway, now we have copic technology.

Here's a breakdown of coloring in the head.

I tried stacking these images vertically so that they can appear larger here by default.

But it leaves a lot of space to fill here.

So I'll say that I just got some new yellows for this one, and I was pumped to use them.

The other thing was, like I mentioned, I was excited to use the Groucho glasses symbology.

And one of the coolest thing is when a girl is unafraid to be goofy.

So that's why we drew her being goofy.

Does that make sense?

Anyway, the styling was inspired by Harley Quinn, which is why the shoulders--well, we'll get to that next time.

I did spend a lot of time pondering coloring half her hair black, half red.  
But I couldn't convince myself beyond reasonable doubt that such a color choice was wise. 
So I backed out of it and went on a purely Harley Quinn route.

This was also fun--drawing money. Luckily I still have a US one, five, and ten in my wallet, which I was able to use as a model.
I didn't go as detailed as I would have liked for time limits, but it was still fun.  I kinda wish I hadn't used such a bright green, though--even though a real ten is more pink than anything.
And the whoopee cushion! That was really fun coloring, perhaps because red is such a bold, dangerous color; it's really hard to mask red errors. 

Monday, April 8, 2013


Here are some doodads from our main April ALT News poster.

The theme was comedy, so I was excited to share some light information on comedy. When people say "comedian," I feel like they mostly mean a "humor-based TV personality," rather than somebody who stands in front of a crowd and tries to make them laugh via monologue. 

As it was April Fools, I also showed them how to do traditional US pranks.  I did a mime demo for elemkids and they really enjoyed it.
I also added an interactive part of the poster, where you can spin the Pocari Sweat to learn how to play Truth or Dare.

Here are some headings that I thought came out pretty neat.

Plus there's a simple little joke, illustrated to boot, for easy Japanese consumption. I was pumped to learn from a jKid that he actually got and laughed at the joke!


Something neat I learned was that Japanese people think "Punchline" is Japanese-English, rather than English-English. That was kinda funny, itself.

I wonder if anyone understood the Groucho part, though.