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OK, everybody online and looking good…


Hello everyone!

 

If you by any chance read my art blog, then you may have noticed it’s been down for the past month. Now the blog’s back online, but it’s in a state of flux, with some shifting page design, and missing blog posts. Well, you can thank yours-truly, Evan, for that. See, programming stuff has never really been my forte, and I slog through it whenever I redesign this art portfolio site, but I’m by no means a wizard with such things… even less when we’re talking about databases, SQL, and all that. Blahblahblah… long story short: I didn’t properly back-up my blog posts when I updated from my ancient version of WordPress to the modern one and lost all the blog posts since 2008!  Luckily, I was able to snag the code for all of them up until a year ago off of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine (it’s saved me more than once now!)  *whew!* Also, special thanks to Ken at Doteasy for being super helpful in getting my database stuff straightened out! Anyway, I’m in the process of reposting those old blog posts for posterity, correcting dead links and typos I missed the first time around, and just generally tweaking the old before I get to… the NEW!

 

This all sort of leads into something exciting. For the past month, whenever my busy schedule has allowed, I’ve been working on a total redo / redesign of the site, and will be posting that soon! It’s been a ton of work, and everything is different, bigger, and better! I’m not 100% how soon I’ll be posting it. It’s about 90% done, but the remaining couple sections are a little tricky. Also, this blog is going to look a weird sometimes and will have some broken links (fixed later) while I tweak it, so hang in there! See you soooooooon!



Her Best Buddy


Her Best Buddy

Another fun image made with fancy Japanese washi paper on a big shikishi board. I made this last October, to show at the culture festival day at one of the junior high schools I teach at in Nagasaki, and am getting it posted now. The kitty is none other than my kitty, Magnus!  Sadly, a couple months after I made this, my beloved kitty passed on from a kidney problem, so this illustration has taken on extra significance for me. Rest in peace, my little buddy
Anyway, if you’d like to see a bigger view of the image, as well as details & the making-of, click here! Also, you can download a big wallpaper for your monitor there :-)



Goldie


Goldie

I made a big, pretty new illustration (that’s also nsfw because of bewbz), called “Goldie“.  This piece was a fun new direction for me. While shopping at my favorite art supply store in Nagasaki, I saw a couple pieces of washi paper that instantly inspired me. One was metallic gold and full of swirls. This reminded me of curly blonde hair. There was also a piece of white paper with golden speckles (and a few silver speckles here & there), that reminded me of freckles. Using these, as well as silver washi paper for the background and metallic green origami paper for her eyes, I set about making an image of the pretty lady you see here. I worked larger than usual, and it was pretty fun to get out of my usual comfort zones. Since it’s too big to scan, I took photos, so hopefully the one you see above looks okay. It’s about the closest I could get. Since there’s metallic stuff everywhere, it’s very hard to photograph. I’ll be working with washi paper more in the near future as I really love the look. I just bought several new sheets of crazy patterns and am excited to get to work!

 

Anyway, if you’d like to see the full image, as well as details, the making-of, click here! Also, you can download a big wallpaper for your monitor there :-)



Faces


faces

I’ve been super busy since moving to Japan last year, and haven’t been able to do as much art as I’d like, but I still find time to make quick drawings here and there! I just posted a few beautiful ladies to my illustration section, here, here, here, here, here, and here!

 

What have I been busy with? Well, for one, just living my life and exploring this interesting place I live in… Also the day job and a big publishing project I’ve been in charge of for it (I’ll post that eventually on this site). Also I’ve been working on other publishing projects that I’ll talk about someday. Sorry to be cryptic… Anyway, enjoy these drawings for now!



199X


I posted a new music track that I’m quite proud of, as well as artwork to go with it! It’s a tribute to the future, how we used to view the future back in the ’80s. It’s sort of like a space hip hop wall of sound and has a lot of moody atmospherics. Best listened to on good headphones or speakers with BASS  :-)   If you want to see more about the visual art, go to this page in the design section.

 

As a bonus, here’s a nice big wallpaper of the fake Famicom label I made for the video.



Amethyst


Amethyst

Howdy boys and girls! Here’s something I whipped up recently… The release image for my single “Amethyst”. I put it in the Illustrated-Photography gallery, even though it’s about 90% illustration, 10% photography (as opposed the roughly 50/50 split of most of that work) because I thought it fit in better thematically. Not manga-ish like a lot of my pure illustration work is…

 

I’m sort of fascinated by crystals, in terms of their shapes, and also with polygon graphics and early computer graphics. I decided to put these themes together for the rather surreal lady you see here. If you want to listen to the track that I made this for, check out the video below:

 



Clair


Clair

So the good news is that since moving to Japan, I’ve been super inspired and in a great mood most of the time (which is conducive to making art for me). The bad news is that I’ve been so dang busy that I haven’t been able to make as much art as I’d like. Also, my model network here is basically nonexistent, and despite the large amount of pretty girls and handsome dudes in Nagasaki, it’s hard to find people who want to pose for fashion-type photos. That said, I’ve done a couple shoots for my friend Mai, who runs “Clair”, a dress and accessory shop!

 

Recently, Mai’s friend Ren posed with a bunch of different dresses. It was her first time modeling, and I think she was stunning! There are a lot more on the gallery page for it, so click here, or on the Ren pics to see more than what I’ve posted here. Here’s a sample…

 

Clair

Next up, a few shots of Mai herself, rocking some fabulous dresses and jewelry. As with before, click here, or below, s to see more! Mai looks quite good here too, I think :-)

 

Clair

Clair

Despite having to leave my big Profoto strobe set back in the states, due to size / weight / cost restrictions, I’ve not been without strobes as you see here. I bought an extra Speedlite, a wireless trigger, and some various accessories. I don’t have quite the power and consistency of light quality that I have with my Acute 1200s set, but the tradeoff is that my Speedlite setup is battery powered and super compact, so I can shoot anywhere without being tethered by a power cord. Also, if things break, it’s a lot cheaper to replace a Speedlite than a strobe head…. Stay tuned! As I get to know more people around Kyushu, as well as planning ahead for shooting when I visit other places, I’ll be posting more fashion and portraits once again!

 

I should add, as a post-script, that I’m still taking tons of photos. I shoot about 8-10 Gigs per week here, just in snapshots, and I’ve been doing more event photography for the schools I work for. Pretty fun!



MACRO is back!


Macro

 

Oh yes, and another thing… I finally redesigned, revamped, and REVIVED the Macro site! (Macro is my music). Click the above image or here to go visit the site. There are about 30 mp3s on there for you to download (including a whole album!), a few videos to watch, and lots of pictures! Also, I’ve been messing around with new music, of course. Here’s a new track, “Novo”, my first new song in six years!

 

 

I’m excited to come out of my music hiatus…