Thursday, June 26, 2008

ELEVATE MUSIC final sketch

Here's a logo I'm doing for Ato (pronounced like Otto), a co-worker, and his hip-hop group, Elevate Music. This is just a rough final sketch done with Pitt brush pen, Microns, Prismacolor markers, and white acrylic ink and brush. 

I had fun with this one because I'd never done graffiti artwork before. The book below is full of sweet, old school graffiti art from the 80s and helped me figure some stuff out. 

I'll post the final when it's done. Cheers!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Nothing Shocking

My Pop is an electrician. He got a new work van the other week.

I got inspired to throw down some signage for me Pappy's new van. Dig?

Thursday, June 5, 2008


Above, Unosuke (Tatsuya Nakadai) and Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) square off in Yojimbo
Who says you can't bring a 'knife' to a gunfight?
Below, Sanjuro Kuwabatake (Toshiro Mifune) scratches out a scruffy scheme.

Above, the path Ryunosuke Tsukue (Tatsuya Nakadai) carves in The Sword of Doom.
Below, the stealthy and notorious Ishikawa Goemon (Raizo Ichikawa) in Shinobi No Mono.

Above, Sanjuro Tsubaki (Toshiro Mifune) rests while rascals roust about in Sanjuro.
Below, Ogami Itto (Tomisaburo Wakayama) and Diagoro (Akihiro Tomikawa), otherwise known as 'Lone Wolf and Cub.'

Above, the Lone Wolf and Cub, living the lives of demons.
Below, the icy beauty of Yuki Kashima (Meiko Kaji) otherwise known as Lady Snowblood (Shurayukihime.) Revenge is a dish best served cold.

So, no art to show as yet. But I've been restocking my grey matter with plenty of choice goodies. Allow me to explain...


In an effort to gain accuracy in costumes, culture, architecture, landscapes and the like, I've been watching lots of Japanese gems. Let the countdown begin!

1. Yojimbo
2. Sanjuro
3. Lone Wolf & Cub: Sword of Vengeance
4. Lone Wolf & Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
5. Lone Wolf & Cub: Baby Cart in Hades
6. Lone Wolf & Cub: Baby Cart in Peril
7. Sword of Doom
8. Lady Snowblood
9. Shinobi No Mono

And more are coming my way!