Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Fudepen and monochromatic Copics study after Dairyfree.

I don't often use the darker W-series Copics, but made a point to go no lighter than W-4 here.

The darker Ws make me think of coffee, but in a good way. I hate coffee, you see. Detest it. Audibly gag.

For the longest time, I'm talking years, I thought koohee was the Japanese for coffee, and that after many mix-ups where I had thought it might have been "Kohei" at first.



Monday, March 28, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016


Super early version of Didi. Too dramatic or fashionable or something...just didn't feel right.



Wednesday, March 23, 2016


And the final of the old piece where I had to draw an ukiyoe version of Yamaken.

Did this quite a while ago, but managed to find the pencils, too.

To give you an idea of how long ago I did this, this is their generation 1 uniform, and he's not even on the cheemu any mo'.

Pro tip: doing ukiyoe stuff creates a hole that is quite pigeon-shaped.



Monday, March 21, 2016


Super old lines to a Yamaken commission. He had just joined the team at the time, so they wanted a little ukiyoe headshot of him to match the then duo that comprised the cheemu.

Just in case, I decided to make a full-body shot, though obviously I had a hunch any extra effort wouldn't be necessary.

I got to play him the weekend before he top 8ed a Pro Tour, ya know. Super nice, extremely methodical player and dude.

He's now on team Cygames. So.



Friday, March 18, 2016


I like this sketchbook because it kinda forces you to draw large, something I resist like it's going outta style.

I just like to hunch over the paper and have everything a mere motion away, and I can keep the whole piece in view easily.

But I struggle to keep everything in mind when I draw large. Is this even considered large?

I mean check out dem endamas, kid.

俺ニューヨーク is just a nonsense phrase that popped into my head as I was drawing this.

It doesn't really mean anything, just kinda captures the mood. I don't think she's even from New York.

Probably Nowheresville, Kansas.

Forget it, Jack, it's Palookaville.



Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Taking a break from a more finely lined fudepen piece to just jam large with the heavier fude.

Endama and Komuro for scale.

The 500 yen coin is my favorite coin. Round stuff rocks.



Monday, March 14, 2016


Sometimes I'll buy a box of chocolates just so I can contemplate what life is like as I sketch on the box.

My go-to here in Japan's the little acorn-themed choco, in which I studied some Area D.

Still chasing that fine-line fudepen dream.

And the chocolate choo-choo.

What's that even mean.



Friday, March 11, 2016


Luis Scott-Vargas posted a wonderful photo of his friend, fellow Magic pro Matt Nass the other day.

He looks so happy, it makes me feel happy.

So I thought I'd live-ink sketch Mr. Nass in the last page of my pocket sketchbook.

Turns out I accidentally skipped a page! Anti-climactic!



Wednesday, March 9, 2016


When I am scared, existentially scared, I tend to draw from life.



Monday, March 7, 2016


A little ad I made inspired by Dragon Ball Z, text-free version.
Printed version has JP up top and Angloos on bottom.

It occurs to me this looks pretty (extra) ridiculous without the text.



Friday, March 4, 2016


Man, I love Team Rocket.

Even as the show started to wane, I always, always loved Team Rocket. They always had the best lines.

And I always rooted for them.

But I like villains.

I even still own my official Team Rocket shirt I won in a contest from Wizards of the Coast? I won it from the official TCG's "Where is Team Rocket" sweepstakes, promoting the then-new official Team Rocket expansion. The font of the R is not accurate to the official show's font, but it's official merch! I emailed in an official entry every day for like two weeks! I still wear it, but I've had it for over 10 years, and it's finally getting worn out...



Wednesday, March 2, 2016


A lady from an old ad on the train.

I love riding on the train as long as I'm sitting, preferably in rows facing forward, but those wall-clingers can be nice, too.

I like sleeping on the train. I love the trains in the country side, or the Bullet Train to Tokyo from my old, small town.

I've always held that trains are the most romantic mode of transportation, in the aesthetic who knows who you'll meet. I love that scene in Tenchi in Tokyo where they meet and neither even know who the other is.