Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New piece! My favorite ever~ "Eagle's Feather -Taka No Ha-"

Yaaaay! I finished another piece for the IAM OKC Charity Art Auction. I like working on a deadline b/c it makes me work well. The title of this piece sounds rather Native American, BUT actually it's Japanese! "Eagle's Feather" is the name of the family crest for my mother's family, the Kai Family. I had extra power bursting out of me to work on this piece b/c of that, I guess. I felt different than usual when I was working! Like colors flowed out of my brush just controlled by my emotion! Woooow!



Here is the actual crest.



Here are examples of other families' crests.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Finished! Night -Yoru-

Today it felt like a million tasks were getting in the way of me finishing any art. I was re-desiging a website that I should do at *some* point, but I shouldn't have wasted so much time on it today. I got absorbed in the graphic design universe. BUT! At the end of the day I did indeed finish "Night -Yoru-" complete with the gold paint. As I've said before, this piece will be for the Oklahoma City IAM Charity Art Auction at the end of January.



Friday, December 17, 2010

Auction piece for IAM OKC "Night" sketch

I very much want to finish "Winter -Fuyu-" but I had to set that piece aside to make a series of smaller pieces for the International Arts Movement OKC charity auction. It's my goal to make 5 new pieces for the auction... the deadline is Dec 30th! Will I make it? We'll see. I feel very busy lately because I had another phone call yesterday asking if I wanted to be in a group show in Jan. I'm so glad I have 3 shows lined up, but now I must work extra hard! But I'm not complaining, and I keep hearing Simon Cowell's voice in my head saying "That's a high-class problem to have." La! I will work hard!

Btw I think I'll call this one "Night -Yoru-." Notice she has a kanzashi in her head except that it's the kanji for "night." I plan to detail that part in gold leaf.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tom Bagshaw's works

Look at Tom Bagshaw's enchanting works! Some of them are creepy, some bizarre, some beautiful... they are so well-done! So surreal! Check it: Tom Bagshaw's site --->




I am a submitting machine!

Woops, that sounded bizarre. I just realized that I need to be submitting to popular art blogs, etc at least several times a day since my work has got to pop up in several places at once, and keep doing so if it's to be noticed. I like doing the submissions, but it takes so much time! I need a clone that handles my marketing, NOW! Here's who I submitted to for today:

Hi-Fructose (YEEEAY!) --->

Design is Kinky (Australian site) --->

Booooooom.com (run by a Japanese-Canadian guy called Jeff Hamada) --->

Hopefully somebody will say yes! Heeeeeeee~

Monday, December 13, 2010

Spring -Haru- realeased as 25 ed. Signed + Numbered Giclée print.

I have decided to release my painting "Spring -Haru-" as a 25 edition high-quality giclée print! I will only ever release 25 of these, and they will be professionally printed on the highest quality cotton paper. Your 9x12 print will come signed, stamped, numbered, and carefully wrapped. $50+FREE SHIPPING! I am taking orders now ^^ Email me at watashi (at) juuriart.com

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Work in Progress: Winter -Fuyu-

Here she is for now. I've finished the light pencil drawing and the lightest layer of watercolor paint. I'll probably finish the rest of the colors tomorrow and give it some more contrast. I hope it turns out looking "wintery" after all... #I've got a feelin'... (wooo-ooooo) that this piece's gonna be a good piece...#

PS. I promise the nose is not that pointy. It's a camera distortion :P

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Charming Charmaine Olivia

Kyahhh! I just heart her work! Some of it looks a little off-kilter or wonky, but I find it charming. Her drawing, lines, colors, website, everything is super cute! Love it <3 data-blogger-escaped-br="">
Get inspired by the cuteness --->



Monday, December 6, 2010

Sketch for new painting: Winter -Fuyu-

Here's a sketch for a new painting in the "Seasons" series. I like the sort of somber and sad expression of the girl... and I like the long nose I've given her. :P I always produce about 4 rubbish sketches for every successful sketch. Hopefully the painting succeeds!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mermaid -人魚-

Here is my newest piece called "Ningyo." It means "mermaid." It's quite large for me, 20x24. Mixed media.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Feature on ONE INCH PUNCH

Hey lookie, I got featured on this blog for East Asian Inspiration. If you are interested in this type of thing, you should follow them. They have really good posts of cool things!

One Inch Punch --->

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sketch for new painting

My latest sketch. I'm trying to incorporate dynamic poses and momentum (like in the hair.) However she's a mermaid (in a certain way) so maybe her hair is swirling in the water. Probably I'll incorporate a koi fish too somehow!

My latest fave: Horikita Maki

I can't resist her heavenly innocent face! Or perhaps it's the abundance of beautiful shoot photos (I don't find so much of other actresses.) Ahhhh Maki-chan, you are a dream!




Audrey Kawasaki's new show

Haheee, haheeeeee.... my eyeballs are about to burst from seeing so much beauty in Audrey Kawasaki's new show in Australia. I didn't write any comment on her blog because there were already fifty billion people going crazy, and I didn't have anything original to say! But l@@k ---->

Australia Outre Gallery pieces

Work in progress shots

Here is my favorite of all. What an ethereal face. I want my face to look like this.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

My new mini-studio space

Our house is very tiny, and rather dark as well. There's not much space for me anywhere to have a studio, so... I commandeered a small corner of the living room (above my doggie's crate) and made it into a cozy little creative space. It's not luxurious at all, and I'm sure in the midst of my creativity, my supplies will spill over on to the floor/tables nearby, but... for now, I'm very pleased to finally have a "studio." :D



Friday, October 22, 2010

Beautiful Sawajiri Erika!!!

Today I'm sitting at work but there's no-one here! It's grey and rainy outside... I've finished all my tasks... so I have some spare time. I'm looking for inspiring images and I found these tooooo beautiful ones of Sawajiri Erika. >_<


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Géraldine Georges

Ahhh, thanks to Audrey Kawasaki's blog, I discovered this artist today. Her works are all wonderful, mad, creepy, and brilliant!!! XD

Géraldine Georges ------->




Friday, October 15, 2010

Frame for "Spring," apologies

First of all, I had fun going to the store and picking a nice frame for my newest piece. The 9x12 size didn't have a label, so they were kind and gave it to me at the 8x10 price! I love how it turned out. I also opted for the museum-quality glass this time to minimize that annoying glass glare.

Second of all I must apologize to anyone who has written comments on this blog (I appreciate it SO much!) Blogger is acting intolerably stupid and won't let me login to reply to anybody. >:(

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Spring -春-

Yay! I finished the sketch from the previous post. Amazingly, I like her quite well... The giant kanzashi in her hair took quite a while to do. I am pleased that she turned out the way I envisioned her when I started. That almost never happens. Sorry for the blur on the edges of the image. I'll get it scanned properly at FedEx tomorrow. My scanner is miserably small. :')

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Beautiful images for my brain

Here are some of the pretty things I've found today to inspire me. I don't have original credits for the photos; just let it be known that they are © to their respective owners and none of them are mine. :D





Sunday, September 12, 2010

Lowbrow art or Pop Surrealism

Today I learned the name of the type of art I love to look at and do: lowbrow art. I am just very glad b/c I've not known this term before. It's things like graffiti (which I'm not that interested in, but oh well) illustration, cartoons, fashion, etc, etc... things that "real" "American Artist" type artists frown upon as "not real art."

I guess artists in this movement just have an urge to create (and are very technically skilled) and just create whatever they want out of whatever materials... their creativity is not limited to a medium, or fame, or money, or anything else. I identify so much with this movement because I'm often attracted to different art forms such as illustration and digital art, fashion, pop videos... and during college my work was often called "illustration, not fine art" to my chagrin.

But now I know WHY! Hm, hm... it's pleasing sometimes to find a category for oneself. And now I feel like I know what I'm doing; I know what my style is... and don't have to feel guilty when my stuffy "real artist" conscience frowns upon me and whispers, "Don't do that. That's not REAL art. Real artists paint with oils." Yaaaaaay! Bye bye to you, annoying voice!

No wonder I find "American Artist" type magazines alarmingly dull... but can read Juxtapoz and High Fructose for hours and be inspired by every single page, even the ads! Here's a sampling of my all-time faves!

David Choe
Kyosuke Tchinai
Stella Im Hultberg
Audrey Kawasaki










Friday, September 10, 2010

Ikenaga Yasunari

OK, my blog is turning into an endless cool artists I've found log. But I can't resist! I CAN'T!!!!!!!! I love the flat illustration style... but it still has so much detail! Kyaaaah~

http://www4.point.ne.jp/~ikenaga/wroks/index.html


Kumaori Jun

I just randomly discovered a Japanese artist whose work is sooooo wonderful! They are very surreal, yet capture many landscapes and Japanese-ness of Japan. CHECK IT!!!

http://2st.jp/kmrimg