Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Here's a spot illo from our secondary January ALT poster. It's based on the first one, but I decided to make it a little more interesting than just any old guy and girl eye-locking. It's Medusa and some poor sap. Much later I adapted it for a hee-hawlarious slide in a youtube video:

It pops up at round two minutes in.


Monday, January 28, 2013


Here's our second January ALT poster's anchor image, which was actually drawn before the first snake design. Can you feel the passion in this thing's eyes? Can you feel it? Yeah.

Here's a walkthrough of the snake. Thrilling, no?

And here's some detail on how we Copic Ciao'd this into submission. Pretty excited using those greens.


Friday, January 25, 2013


Earlier detail shots here and here, this is our main January ALT poster, featuring that one book about tamales, a Timmy Turner reference, and subtle hints and some lil' hits.

Here's our anchor image, a snake achieving infinity. This one had to be churned out quickly, so we severely limited the colors.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Here are some title designs from our main January ALT poster.

And here's some spot illos for a common English expression (right) plus (left) the difference between when the US vs. JP plays Auld Lang Syne. In Japan, they play it every night before just about any store closes down for the day.

Still trips me up.


Monday, January 21, 2013


A couple quick sketches from an jElementary visit before I had to bolt off to a second shift somewhere else.

These jKids don't hold back and level you with enthusiasm. Some struggle to contain their excitement, almost bursting from the effort. It's really neat. I could do without all the hand-holding, though. If they're not trying to shake your hand (I think they do that because they're conditioned to think of interaction with westerners as necessarily involving hand-shaking) they'll want to hold your hand--either to lead you somewhere or just for the sheer heck of holding your hand.

That's cute and everything but GERMS!!!!!!!!!!!! Please understand, dear jKids, it's not you, it's me. And the millions of tiny micro-organisms on your tiny, little, delicate snot-drenched fingers.


Friday, January 18, 2013


Today's Card: Chopper.

Fun Facts: Ironically the jKid who got this card was like one of the two jKids on jEarth who just isn't that into Chopper, though the classmates went nuts, so that's something at least.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013


Today's Card: Water.

Fun Facts: Japanese people canNOT handle it when I insist I prefer water to any other drink. And make no mistake, tea is not water. Get that filth away from me. Right now. Yesterday.


Monday, January 14, 2013


Today's card: Rock.

Fun Facts: Rock is so great, it makes rap listenable.


Friday, January 11, 2013


Today's card: Black.

Fun Facts: I used this gag already, but hey.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Today's card: Ice cream.

These are edited, by the way, so it's just the image, not the text that goes with it.

I should note I rarely eat ice cream in scoops like this since coming to Japan, it's all just tiny single-serving cup things mostly cuz Japan's big on tiny foods. And yes, ice cream is foods.


Monday, January 7, 2013


Today's card: Japan.

I love Japan. I like the US. But I love Japan.

This was sorta designed to be a whammy prize in the card exchange this was one of the last ones and I'll admit I was getting exhausted (I drew this whole series in about two marathon sessions).


Friday, January 4, 2013


Today's card: Luffy.

Fun Facts: I draw Luffy and Chopper a lot, so to make this one more interesting, I tried to give it a realistic take. When giving these away, I tried to match the card to whatever the jKid giving me a card talked about. This card's recipient liked this one and the class was abuzz, too, so that was pretty neat!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013


It's days shy of April as I write this.

My gosh.

Let's post some drawings...First a series I had to do--introduction cards for some jKids, kinda like last summer's cards. These were simpler for elementary jKids, so it's just Name and What You Like. The cards were roughly palm sized.

First up: drawing

Fun Facts
: I've had the pictured pencil since college, maybe high school, but have recently lost it and am stuck on my awful, awful back up copy. Maybe I'm due for an upgrade since it was starting to stink anyway--my fingers have even worn down the rubber grip to nothing and turned the metal to yellow!