SWEET STREETS 2011 Opening Event

[date] Check out my photos from the fashion show for SWEET STREETS 2011 at WWA Gallery November 19th! I had so much fun! So many cute and ruffly pastel girls with big, colorful hair bows! Also, check out my video of the fashion show here! Here are links to more...

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“Homeroom” Opening Event

[date] Here are pictures from the opening event on 11/11! The show is open every Saturday 12-3pm until December 11th. Any other day (except for Sunday) is by appointment. Which apparently isn't as intimidating as it seems. The gallery owners work upstairs and you just...

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“Homeroom” Preview

[date] Here's a preview of my idea in progress for the upcoming show "School Night Open House" "Homeroom" at Subtext Gallery here in San Diego November 11th. Artists were asked to take a piece of art from their childhood and reinterpret it in their current style....

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Thank You Ross Wilson

[date] I meant to post this long ago, but better late than never... Thank you to Ross Wilson for purchasing my ema art and donating to the Give2Asia Tsunami Relief Effort. I hope the ema got to you safely... Mailing things overseas is always so iffy. Thank you...

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Release the Kraken – Opening Event

[date] Sadly, the last day of this show is today. But if you haven't gotten a chance to see it, here are some photos from the opening event! Also, here is a link to the sneak preview pdf of all the kraken art. And here are some much more professional pictures from...

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Kraken Progress

[date] For this piece, all artists were given a choice of vintage paintings featuring bodies of water found by Don & Dylan of Subtext Gallery all across the country. Here are some of my progress shots from initial ideas/sketches through the painting stages. A little...

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Year of the Labbit Flickr Photos

[date] Check out my photos of the "Year of the Labbit Custom Show" opening! In conjunction with Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" exhibit. Artists were asked to create a custom version of Frank Kozik's vinyl labbit toy. (Hover over the slideshow above to get see slideshow...

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Custom Labbit Progress

[date] Yay! I finally finished my labbit for the Year of the Labbit Cutom Show! I recently saw a progress shot of Camilla D'Errico's labbit and her comment was "It's coming along, but man alive did this little guy kick my butt!" I totally agree with her that these...

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Ema Art Auction

[date] Please check out this awesome auction created by kokeshi curator, Christina Conway. She asked artists to create an 'ema' (a japanese prayer tablet with an image on one side and a prayer on the other). All proceeds will go to benefit Give2Asia Earthquake &...

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Hello Labbit!

[date] I just got my Labbit in the mail! That means official news of my next show! The Japanese American National Museum invited me to create a custom Labbit for 2011's "Year of the Labbit" show! Hooray! More info as it comes! Can't wait for next year! Happy Holidays!...

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Happy Birthday Mom

[date] Whipped up this card for my mom's birthday! Approx. 5" x 7" Xerox transfer with lacquer thinner and pen on gray card stock.

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My Latest Sketch

[date] This is my latest drawing - inspired by Native American culture, feathers, headdresses... I was playing with the idea of making her perhaps a warrior goddess with a spear or something, but I'm not so sure yet. I think she's turning out looking a bit like...

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A Work in Progress

[date] This is a sketch that I started for myself a long time ago. I just recently found it hidden within the layers of my sketchook. I added a bit more to the trees and her hair... this is definitely one to keep working on. I think she's supposed to be framing a...

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Inspiration Mondays

[date] A couple of weeks ago, a friend (Christina Conway) and I decided to dedicate every Monday evening to drawing/sketching/creative/art-making time! Since we are so busy with our day jobs during the week, we really wanted to have a more creative routine. This is a...

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Sweet Streets II Forever

[date] Sweet Streets II has officially ended, but you can still see all the great art, press coverage of the opening night, and news of the next show at all the following links! See the pieces I made for the show!See the official Sweet Streets Blog:...

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Sweet Streets II Flickr Photos

[date] Check out my photos of the Sweet Streets II opening event! There were tons of cute dressed up girls, a colorful fashion show/dance number, awesome live painting, crowds and crowds of people, and 2 of my 4 pieces sold! Yay! (Click and hover around on the...

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Natsuyo in Progress

[date] Konnichiwa, Natsuyo! 4th member of my Gang of Ganguro Gals! I think Natsuyo is the cutesy one of the gang. Maybe the youngest and more innocent. So, Natsuko is a sporty-spice, Natsuki is a sexy-spice, Natsumi is leader-spice, and Natsuyo is a baby-spice! :P...

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Natsumi in Progress

[date] Konnichiwa, Natsumi! Here's the 3rd member of my Gang of Ganguro gals! Here you can see my initial sketch and then the finished colored piece. I used pencil and brushed/sponged on chalk pastels. Each girl seems to have a unique personality, much like a girl pop...

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Lolita

[date] This is an initial sketch/idea for the Sweet Streets 2 show. I couldn't decided on which Japanese street fashion style I wanted to go with. So it came down to either Lolita girls or Ganguro girls. I love all the lacy details and ruffles, but I decided to go...

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Natsuki in Progress

[date] Here's my second work for the SWEET STREETS 2 show. The left image is my sketch that had been spray fixed and I started brushing on some skin toned chalk pastel color. I also submitted this work early for consideration in the show's promos so "Good Luck...

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Natsuko in Progress

[date] Here's a look at my first submission in progress for the Sweet Streets 2 show. August is the deadline for all submissions, but I tried to finish this one for early consideration in some of the printed promotions. Unfortunately, the finished piece didn't make...

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The Original Ganguro Gal

[date] This is the initial sketch... my first Ganguro girl. I drew this a while ago with the initial intention of giving it to a friend. ehh... now that I've been on this Sweet Streets Japanese fashion drawing kick, I think I might keep her... Anyways, since the...

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Vermillion Bird of the South in Progress

[date] So the original plan for the Power in Numbers 4 show was to make 4 pieces representing the 4 cardinal directions. Unfortunately, I ran out of time to finish all of them for the show, but I told the girl who bought the East and West pieces that I was working on...

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West and East in Progress

[date] These are shots of the White Tiger of the West and Azure Dragon of the East in progress. This is just the pencil line-art stage, which I spray-fixed a bit. Now it's ready for painting!

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