Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Character and wardrobe sketches for "The Groundhog" in "To See or Not To See", written by Kris Remenar, illus.d by me, edited by Yolanda Scott, to be publ.d by Charlesbridge 2015.. Groundhogs are very particular about their attire. Pencil, 2013.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Partial final art for the cover of "Gaijin-American Prisoner of War", written and illus.d by me, publ.d by Disney/Hyperion. A while back I showed rejected cover sketches for "Gaijin". This is art from the one that was selected. We're putting together the cover in layers and this is one of them. Didn't have time to scan the art prior to shipping it so this is a low res iPhone photo. "Gaijin" will hit the shelves April 14, 2014! Water color, pencil, gouache, 2013.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Art created to sell the manuscript for "Blackbelt", written and illus.d by me, publ. by Knopf Publ.g, 1999. Editor on the book was the wonderful Andrea Cascardi. Water color, gouache, 1998.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Airport sketch. Way to much thinking going on these days. Turn off the electronic device, and just draw. No thinking or batteries required. Just fun. Pen&Ink, 2011.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

 Final art for an editorial column called "On the Mark" for ComputerWorld magazine. Used to have great fun every week putting these illustrations together. The articles were written by Mark Hall. He'd give me the basics on the content and I'd get busy coming up with a visual metaphor for the idea. The wonderful art director on these jobs was my friend Stephanie Brockway. Water color, gouache, 2004.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sketch of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman. Charcoal, oil on panel. 2008.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Final art for the cd cover of "Ayodhya", a fantastic compilation of sacred music produced by my friend Josh Cook. Music performed by "The Weavers of The Name"- the talented Josh, Aae Kae and Natalie Spisak, Bhakta Das of Hamsa Yoga and yours truly. This is the mighty Hanuman, the Embodiment of Strength, Tenacity and Love. When we say that a friend has "got a big heart." we're acknowledging our friend's display of Hanuman Power. Pencil, 2013.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Time to turn off the radio and t.v.. The media vultures are now out in full force- presenting very little in the way of new information but tremendous amounts of teasing tidbits that keep us terrified and tuned in. Terror sells.
When something new happens, we'll know. 
Bless us all, everyone. But especially our sisters and brothers in Boston who've been harmed and the families of those who have died.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sketch for a 2011 Valentine's Day card for my agent, Andrea Brown Lit.. Pencil, 2011.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

"Grab the Fish!", but don't hurt it. Fish don't mind being grabbed now and then. It's the squeezing and shaking that generally follow the grabbing that gets on their nerves. Pen&Ink, 2010.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sketches for pages 6&7 for "Gaijin-American Prisoner of War", a graphic novel written and illus.d by me and publ.d by Disney/Hyperion. Its Dec. 7th, 1941, Koji's 13th birthday. Pencil, 2012.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Forgot to post this on Valentine's Day. Just a scribble- turning people at the airport into weirdness a few years ago. Pen&Ink, 2009.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Character sketches for "A Taste of Colored Water", written & illus.d by me, publ.d by Simon&Schuster. Water color, gouache, 2007.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Underlying sketch for a frame in "Gaijin-American Prisoner of War", written and illus.d by me and publ.d by Disney/Hyperion. Its 1942 and Koji and his mom are about to board a bus that will take them along with over 10,000 other Japanese Americans in the San Francisco bay area to a temporary prison camp. Pencil, 2012.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Illustration for an editorial in Forbes Magazine. The article covered the insatiable greed in the American banking system back in 1987. Yes, that's right- even back in 1987 our banking system was corrupt. Hard to believe, huh? Water color, pen&ink, 1987.