Monday, January 30, 2012


I recently corrected this writing response (to the prompt "What will you do when you become a high school students [sic]?"), which I thought was quietly beautiful. Sometimes I like to sketch in an illustration to whatever the jKids write about, these are very easy, and so I DID.


Friday, January 27, 2012


This is our main school's January ALT "News" poster. It ate up a huge chunk of time, but I finally wrapped it! This one's special because, as there's no real holiday hijinks in January (and New Years' is nowhere near as big a deal as it is in Japan), I got to talk about whatever I wanted to after covering the New Years' basics. So I added a section on Motion City Soundtrack and My Chemical Romance. But there's also a super special section in there, too, more on that later.

This is what I call our "anchor" page, the main theme page. We've got a meeting of the US symbol of the new year, a top-hatted baby, and the Japanese/Chinese emblem of the new year, a ball-bearing dragon. Because we didn't get the full month to work on this due to the winter break, I didn't have enough time to add colors, but use your big-boy imaginations, okay? Okay.

Here's a close up of our anchor image. I wanted to hit a Saturday Evening Post sort of sensibility with the baby, and also to have it feel like they're both dumbstruck by the other upon their meeting. Easier to hit that with the baby, of course, but I actually like how the dragon turned out. I studied Shishizaru's gorgeous Jugan, the Rising Star, for an Asian dragon model, even.

These are the pencil lines...took foreverrrrrr! Not really, but I just kept getting interrupted with other tasks. Still, I'm pretty okay with how it came out.

This is the super special section of the poster wherein I'm officially challenging the jKids to play me at Duel Masters and/or Magic. I've been given the green light to use card games in school to help teach English communication, as it has already helped me learn some Japanese, in fact. So I drew up a quick little model of what a Duel Masters set-up looks like (starring Hearty Cap'n Polligon and Bronze-Arm Tribe) along with a brief overview of the game, complete with the bombshell that--gasp!--DM is actually a US-made game! Hopefully I get some challenges. Oh, and what is Duel Masters? Just the hottest thing since Yoshi Trolls. Need I say more?


Wednesday, January 25, 2012


It is snowing like insanity...

Driving is kinda terrifying...


Monday, January 23, 2012


This is another postcard in my postcard series. Past combatants have been a girl in red, a boy in blue, a man in black, and a thing in almost nothing. This is actually a gift to an enthusiastic fan I met, but I'm going to double dip and use it in class before I deliver it...yeah.

These are the pencils. I drew it at my desk, but I inked it on top of a mountain, in the snow. I was going to marker it up, but I tested out erasing the underlying pencils and coloring over the inks but both led to horrendous smearing, so I just went heavier on the details in ink to compensate. Hope she likes it!

Also, I'm not Canadian. I just found Canadian postcards in my desk one day.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012


One of my favorite students requested a One Piece joint, so I decided to go beyond just a quick sketch and draw this in her notebook. I got some Copic markers in addition to my regular Zebras and gave them a test run on this Sakura/Staedtler Micron-inked Chopper.

She and her partner rock because they're always super gung-ho about English, which is ridiculously energizing. So I'm eager to draw the dude's One Piece request; I'm thinking Sanji or Zolo for maximum coolness...In any case, it better be better.

I-I-I know what you want,


Monday, January 16, 2012


Against my will, this monstrosity haunts an elementary school somewhere deep in the outskirts of rural Japan.

It's not even accurate--the artist totally got my crippling insecurity wrong. But my lazy eye is dead on, though. Idiot.

Also, where my extra chins at?!


Friday, January 13, 2012


This was a mammoth commission of a noble salmon doing what he does.

Easter Eggs: "Yale," Harkness, the "Lighthouse," the Rod of Asclepius, ZLM, and more (some are only in the paints, and some are a little too personal).

Fun Facts: This is the biggest traditional fine drawing I've done and the biggest digital painting I've done yet!

This is what the sketch looked like, by the way.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012


If it weren't for the war, who knows what she'd be. Who knows why she'd be.
--Counter-Sniper Biku, Master Precisionist

Phoenix? Bring me her corpse on a pyre and then we'll see.
--Dream-Extinctioner Ballak, Avarice-Bloodchief

One day I'll find my father and together we'll end this pointless war. But until then, I think my victories speak for themselves, Daiki.
--Ten-Ton Crusher Ficon, Phoenix Rising

Myriad-Cr0ss: Awaken the Buster Generation


Monday, January 9, 2012



But sleep deprived...

Just so you know.

I do it for you,


Friday, January 6, 2012


An Apollo-ready commission I did a while ago.

These are the lines. In case it isn't obvious, the piece's actual text has been omitted.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Those crazy kids are at it again--a mite more stylish but a tad too childish. Outlandish and wild-ish, while this's the mildest stylist of modern love bandwagon Try-Thists, she insists this's a love-anihilists' scheme, what brings dings to these scenes destroying what clean wings beguile us all the while it's steam-wrings of torn jeans' seams, but it's no thing so they quiet us, and we're denied us our dream things, or so it seems to me.

Anyway, these are the pencil lines behind the piece. Speaking of which, if you want some lines to pick up chicks, try this one: I stay in my room divorced from reality for as long as possible as I draw all day meanwhile the world carries on without me, my grip on truth subsequently slipping ever constantly due in part to this and my understated general apathy towards that assumed font of value that would exist in any case. See how that works out for ya.

Fun Facts: jPeeps don't know about mistletoe! So I had to explain it. It was fun, particularly the part about how creepy guys hack the system with the ol' mistletoe in the pocket move.


Monday, January 2, 2012


I've heard that the key to success is to underpromise and overdeliver.

So here's to an okay new year.