Friday, March 29, 2013


Here's the second half of our second March ALT poster, first half here.

I finished this right around closing time, hence the nightshot photo. Consequently, I can't remember what doodads I had here.

This was kinda inspired by last year's finale poster, in that I wanted to capture a slice of possible reality. More on that here.

I can't remember why, but I decided not to track the process as closely on this one, so not too many process shots, unfortunately.

For example, here's the process of the dude character. His hair ended up a bit too Final Fantasy...

The girl character ended up looking a little too ice-queen.

I wanted here to look sort of like Terra in that final episode of Teen Titans, aloof and oblivious to the guy, but she's just too distant.

The uniform swirl into mist was ok. Wish I had a deeper black-substitute. I try not to use pure black, so I have to make due with C-7 and maybe mix in a super dark blue or purple, but need something better...

Here's how our two characters meet.  To help these two pop, I had the background reduced to basically cutouts, silhouettes.  I liked the effect, but wish I could faded them out a bit more. I was right up on the deadline on this one, so I just had to tear in with pure black markers and pens, but if I could do it over, I'd try a light gray wash or something, with a light blue to push the background itself further back.

This  is what I call the "staff photo," and I love that feeling of finishing a piece and looking back at all my team who helped me to the finish line.  The paper I use to test colors is now packed with colors from future posters, and it itself looks kinda like an abstract piece.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013


These are the pencils to the anchor image of our secondary March ALT poster.

The main school's poster is here and here.

This poster's kind of inspired partly by the final episode of Teen Titans between Terra and Beast Boy, but a lot by that Tenchi in Tokyo opening bit when Tenchi meets Sakuya in passing and neither realize who the other is/will be.

That scene has stuck with me since middle school and is perhaps one of the main reasons I love trains so much: they represent that sort of fateful/unwitting meeting of future ties.

I love that stuff.

Anyway here's a close up of our female lead character.

For this one I wanted to end the school year with a more realistic take since I usually don't draw people too realistically.

The previous year I had done riffs on students, but it was just for that one school, so to get some balance this year, I just went with realistic possible-students.

So this is not a real student, but I was using photo reference to get the uniform and hair style.

Here's a process of coloring the girl's face. I had just picked up some new skin colors and was pumped to give them a try here.  Mainly super light E's, but I believe I had just read something about using light reds for more blood-rich areas like the ears and most noticeably the nose, so I was eager to try that here, but the red I had was still just too strong for my taste.

Here's the second part of the process I had also got a lighter brown since my browns were too intense for agreeable brown hair, so I anchored this on a brown called Campaign. I would go on pick up some more browns.  The glasses were also a bit curious. I need some more black-ish colors.  I heard a while ago never to color anything pure black, and I've stuck with that pretty well, but I'm not convinced I've cracked this.


Monday, March 25, 2013


This are some Homework Sketches.

In this episode, a literal interpretation of the name Casagawa (Umbrella River), an explanatory illustration of the difference between the words "Own" and "Owl," a sleeping student, a replication of the Akira poster over an actual katakana'd name Akira, a riff on a name that sounds like Mask on Hero, a dancing koala, and an illustrated explanation of the difference between afraid and scary.

Bears are afraid.


Friday, March 22, 2013


This is our main school's March ALT poster. This month's features, like the art, had to be a little lighter to meet deadline while still allowing time to make full-page art.  But as always, I wheel out that Conan quote I love so much.

The pencil process is here. I don't have any close ups on the poster's doodads, but you can also see a Rillakuma if you look hard enough.

The art concept was two kids at a crossroads for graduation, influenced by Gerard Way's Akira-influenced capsule jacket emblazoned with the school logo. I love how each school has its own logo, kind of how in the US we all have mascots. But the graphical style of the different logos is pretty sweet, I love seeing new ones. On the train you can see different logos imprinted on school uniform buttons or patched on shirts, it's pretty cool. The crossroads here are Past, Future, Next, Adventure, and Big Time, kind of inspired by the semi-randomy One Piece signage you can see Oda put in his illustrations, but also the sort of old-timey signage you can find in Winsor McCay comics.

Sounded like a good idea at the time.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013


These are some close ups of pencils from our "main" March ALT poster;s anchor image. I use quotes since this one didn't give me enough time to color or othwerwise trick-out, but as it was the graduation issue, I did make it "full page" size.

I already do these posters on large sheets of paper, so making these full page means this is the largest drawing I've done since...well, last year.


Monday, March 18, 2013


Here's some homework sketches. We've got Beppo from za Haato Pirates, a T-Rex cuz I can't remember, Jaws cuz someone likes sharks I guess, and a character from Inazuma Eleven Go. I hate sports but something about Inazuma Eleven that's oddly interesting.


Friday, March 15, 2013


The final sketch from the Junekyo Sessions, my favorite one, colored with Copic Ciaos.

I don't actually have any of these; I drew them all in the excellent Tokyo Werewolf's sketchbook, my host.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Here's another sketch from the June Tokyo Sessions.

I didn't know what to draw, so I tried drawing a fire dood.


Monday, March 11, 2013


Just got back from Tokyo (7/17/13) and I managed to draw a few sketches on the train. Here's one that made me frown.


Friday, March 8, 2013


Here's some shots of a mini ALT news poster I did for an elementary school. You know, same dudes.

Once again, I seem to have forgotten to pic the final. But we had to get this one done on extremely short notice/deadline, so I don't actually know how the final ended up--I told them to let students color in the little background bear buddies. Wonder how it went.

Here are some close ups.

Why bears? Because it was the first thing I thought of and since I seem to color a lot of things with earthy fur, coloring this wouldn't take as long to plan. And graduation cuz, well we covered that already, didn't we?


Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Some homework sketches. We've got a pikachu, some fun with yoshi, dinosaurs, and Light Yagami from Death Note, plus monster energy (which I don't really like per se, but only use because I need it [when I need it]), and a little drummer boy.


Monday, March 4, 2013


My name is Freddy Kreuger. I got the Elm Street blues. I got a hand like a knife rack.
And I die in every film.


Friday, March 1, 2013


A Copic-powered graduation piece for third grade jKids hittin' the bricks.

jGraduation is in March, ya know.