Friday, June 7, 2013


This was the very first comic I ever made for Hareruya, as an audition piece. It was about a giant GP in Chicago were even excellent-performing players just got murdered purely on tiebreakers. We hadn't even named the series yet, but I wanted to call it Fear, though we settled on Fear and Removal.

From the get go, one of my goals with the comic was to represent girls in Magic. All the guys are throwaway characters for the most part, but I wanted the comic not to be able to function in any meaningful way if you took out the female characters.

After this one, they asked for another sample, so I imagine we'll show that one soon enough, but this has never been seen by any human aside from the core editors. The turnaround time here was like two days, so I didn't even get to scan the pencils, just a photo and off to inks.

By the sig, it looks like this was drawn 6/14, but we're logging it for 6/13 on 2/19/15!


Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Here is another effort from the Box Design case.

After the initial swarm of sketches, they narrowed me down to a couple to develop further. They liked a sketch that had a turtle in it, so I did a family of Turtley sketches.

Again, drawing with the confidence of not having a shot, I drew with a calming freedom.

Also, the thing says this is my 1,000th post! But it was posted 2/19/15, and we're actually missing a post from a few summers ago, so...


Monday, June 3, 2013


There was a call to design a deckbox some eight million years ago.

I knew I was getting rejected so I just vomited out every design I could think of over two days until I was physically exhausted. I had no idea what they were looking for so I just jammed and designed over 100 thumbnails!

This was a set I particularly liked based on the signature tropes of the different colors of Magic.

I liked this assignment as basically just an exercise, just for the pure mileage, because it pushed me to think of new things I never would have just soloing, driving me to try stuff I would normally be afraid of.

And to my surprise--you'll never guess which one they picked...

Posted 2/19/15...


Friday, May 31, 2013


Here is a comic I did for Hareruya, from our little Fear and Removal series, themed on the Khans of Tarkir charms. The concept was just what each clan's kind of pick-up line would be.

The punchline voice was inspired by Boogie, using his turtley voice.

Easter Eggs: Handsome mugshot guy. Do you like luxury skit. Plus all the backgrounds are for the appropriate Khans trilands. Glasses on the Jeskai guy.

Posted from the future for Valentine's Day 2015.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013


A sketch of an idiot I used to know.

Posted 2/16/15


Monday, May 27, 2013


This is a personified version of the Hareruya mascot.

His official name is Hareruya-kun, but I call him Harekun. This was to commemorate the launch of the second shop opening Hareruya-Narita, and to kick off Inktober 2014. I never really used a G-Pen before, so this month was dedicated to using it every day to see if I could get a feel for what the jazz was all about. It certainly started fun and enlightening...but how did it end?

Posted 2/15/15.


Friday, May 24, 2013


Missed my train back home from FNM so I camped out at a Sukiya and played some Magic and drew and came back and tried coloring it a little.

I used a picture of the pencils since my camera captured with with an interesting reddish tint I wanted to use. I was thinking of stories as I drew it, and it first I just wanted to draw an arrogant Commander player. But maybe she has to challenge the Seven Warlords of the Sea--but for Commander--and if she can't beat them, she dies. Of course when she gets to the last one, she discovers there's actually one more...the one behind it all. Even a prodigy like her surely doesn't stand a chance.

The name Shiko comes from how Japanese people pronounce "C" and a common suffix "ko" for girls. The kanji in the final means unsanctioned, which is how Commander events usually go, and since this would be games with actual lives on the line and stuff, surely these battles would be off the books.

Also, it's actually 2/7/15 today!


Wednesday, May 22, 2013


More from last homework sketches' session, on the same "what were you doing last Saturday?" prompt.

This time, we've got jKids who went to the moon, raced a bear, and talked with cat.  Plus a coupla jKids talking about eating delicious food, too.


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.