acrylic painting process. this is the one time of year that i do a 100% non digital painting with acrylic, colored pencils, pens, whatever. Here are a few process shots.
I lived in Tokyo for a year and a half until the big earthquake and during that time I took to the Japanese tradition of sending out a new years postcard with that year's asian zodiac animal. The post office there holds all of these new years postcards and magically delivers them all on January 1st. 2013 is the year of the snake. red snakes are good luck and white snakes are the embodiments of gods. The bottom left says "Happy New Year", the single character at the top is "snake" but this character is special and only used to refer to the year of the snake and different one is used in everyday language. On the right it says 2013 (with a complex Japan specific year numbering system). The bad thing about gold paint is that it doesn't reproduce well at all. the good thing is that the real painting looks awesome with gold paint. Happy New Year!
spot for Emory Alumni magazine. An alumni author writes about the hardships and joys of caring for a child with down's syndrome. The art director told me that when the author saw this she cried (in a good way).
Mon prémiere travail en France. my first job in france. Le Nouvel Observateur is one of the biggest new magazines in France. I did a full page and a spot illustration for them. emails and communication were in french so it really was a "french" job. story is about dating services for the rich. There is one that is 5,000 euros to join. some of the clients make crazy requests like they must be 1 meter 82 centimers, Argentine, a surgeon, own a helicopter, graduated from Harvard, etc....
Another one for my Parisians project. I met Clara at Bar Ourq along Canal l'Ourq. She says her hair is from her Bretangne (north west region in France) and Algerienne origins. She loves Bollywood dance and wants to go to India to study. She loves to climb trees (Oak and Mimosa are her favorite) and rocks, walk on the rooftops of Paris at night, and walk barefoot on hot pavement. J'ai rencontré Clara au "Bar Ourq" le long de canal de l'Ourq. Selon delle sa chevelure particulière vient de ses origines Bretonnes et Algériennes. Elle est passionnée par la danse Bollywoodienne et aimerait partir en Inde pour apprendre. Elle aime danser d'une manière générale, se balader sur les toits de Paris la nuit, grimper dans les arbes (sa préfères les Chenes et les Mimosas), et sur les rochers et marche pieds nus sur les goudron chaud.
I saw this woman while i was sitting at cafe Le Progrès. I love her fur coat juxtapozed against the big sporty moto scooter and her helmet visor. Une femme à moto dans rue de bretagne.
Saeko and Atsuko came to Paris. They live in London but are from Tokyo. It was a few days of partying and relaxing
Nabil works at one of the Maje stores, a French women's brand. He has a twin sister and his other sister is a model in NY
girl on bike, Jackets bar in the background.
that corner of Ile de la Cité
on the left if a book by Illustrator Gerald Dubois and on the left is a book by Illustrator Serge Bloch. Both giants of illustration in America as well.
walkin' the dog
Bal Barge, part of the Paris Plages summer time fun program. They do swing dancing here too. It's along canal ourq
this Chablis was pretty darn good. Their Chablis Grande Cru is even better
I have been seeing Peter Pan a lot lately. It's like he's taunting me.
This book was in Merci and had a short history of all the streets in Paris. Moulin des Prés was our street. Finally on my last day in Paris I learned the difference in pronunciation between the up and down accents on an E. For example the Pré in Moulin des Prés means "meadow" but if the accent is down like Près it means "close" and the pronunciation is different.
you call this a shovel France?