Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One Shot: Densha Otoko

The lovely Jessa Phillips, of the most popular blog in the universe (or should be) OneShots me and my opinions of the manga miniseries, Densha Otoko!

I'm such a sucker for good love stories. :)

OneShot is here.

Androids in Hell

Hello all!

I never left, just was fomenting creatively in the background. I suppose it was working my drama muscle time. Things are great and progressing as they should.

Androids in Hell commissioned me a piece for a t-shirt. I was going for a pulp/propaganda type piece. I also wanted someone to melt. BAD. I am quite pleased with it!

Please be sure to "Like" them on their Facebook page.

#androidsinhell #android #chrome #ouya #indie #webstore #terriblisgesserit

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Finding Vincent: Beginning

As usual, I've got a lot on my mind. Sometimes I wish I could clone myself.

While I go further into my own life path and stream, I realize that sometimes to find myself, I find others that are into that stream.

I've always loved Vincent Van Gogh. His frenetic brushstrokes I could akin to mine, the bold use of color, and the wildly imaginative perception of what regular things are. I too, can relate to his quests for love, acceptance, and kindness. I can also relate feeling like the odd one out with my artwork where everyone else is getting acceptance but yet feeling like something would be increasingly missing if you went the way they did. I don't even want to get into "BOLD and DIFFERENT" as it's an increasing marketing tagline and after a while that echoes emptily. I think he couldn't be anything else.

Mine isn't a tale of self-absorption or self-martydom and I'm not about to start with Van Gogh. I don't think he set out to be one. I think he tried his best and in the most honest way possible.

What I want to know is why he mesmerizes me so. I want to know why he's more brilliant to me than Gauguin who is just as intriguing. Maybe I find Vincent more "honest"? Maybe that's why I want to call him by his first name - almost affectionately as he's someone that I feel close to. I don't think about posthumus love, but I do feel something deep within that I really relate to him.

There are times I have thought briefly that I wished I was there with him. Someone who truly understood him other than his brother. I saw and understood how he went about his relationships - wanting to have more, that bond, only to be rejected partially as no one understood and were empathetic to his attempts (mostly clumsy).

I want to travel in your time, Vincent. I want to live as you have lived. I want to see what you see. I want to see through your eyes - not documentaries that film with a bland eye, but someone truly engaged.

One of these days, I will see YOU, Vincent. I will see you who you really are and somehow take that into my soul. Maybe it will make me understand or find something of which words currently fail me to express.

Perhaps I will see your counterpart Michelangelo, and to see that madness that we all suffer from in order to see how he thrived, and excelled.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Directions - A Set of Ruminations

There's a lot of things that I've been self-assessing. My friend Peter would consider these brain reformats - although I would like experiences to enrich me, not the other way around.

I think defragging would be a better term.

Interestingly enough, I'm in a place in time where I could feel easily overwhelmed and overwrought. I must admit I've come to that place many a time in this day and age. However, I feel that these experiences hone me to be a much better individual that I was supposed to become.

I don't know for a fact what I will become. I only know that a lot of distractions that we allow ourselves to feel and issues that we allow to overwhelm us can really deter us. I'm not here to say problems and issues are merely stupid and nonimportant - that would be dismissive to declare.

However, I've noticed that perspective is definitely something that is important. It is really easy to get caught up in day-by-day. Even when you've willed yourself to be calm and calculating, even the perspective can really throw you off. Yet, if we are focused on what everyone else is focused on in a harried hamster wheel - we are no happier for it. In fact, there's been plenty of people that feel to make snarky exceptions when things are posted that seem to resonate deeply.

We seem to want to find nirvana, but are always fighting in many different ways and in may conflicting ways to get there. For example, we all desire lasting relationships - but we push away people that we care about in callous ways. We like to assume. A LOT. We don't understand the simple fact we don't need to go all out in one viewpoint and be absolutist - we gotta see in the big picture of finding the mechanisms in our lives and to see the individual ability of ourselves and whatever path is set out for us to do. All we need to do is state our piece and go forward. We usually can get what we want if we ask.

In today's world, I find interesting is that if you have a lot of interests and still want to pursue them all with equal fervor - it means you're unfocused and uncaring about your career. It seems like in the world of self-help books, positive affirmations, and "unlocking potential" - we seem to degenerate into ripping the another down, arguing with that person because they don't fit in our little box, to not letting things "be" with the other person. We're all entitled to our opinions and conclusions, but so are we to our own solutions.

I'll be throwing up content here and there on Patreon to see where I go.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I've been quiet as I've been reshuffling around in life. However, this is the project of which I think will be a good rule to them all.


It's a story about men and women battling it out in a human chess game. Each combatant will fight to the death if met. However, it is a further metaphor of all the stupid things we do to each other to hurt each other in any kind of relationship.

The things we do to each other are translated into swords rather than sharp and hurtful words and actions. I find this movie rich in storytelling.

In this movie, I play a woman who survived the past chess games and won for the women's side. Now I have to teach the women how to win. However, you wonder what you have to give up in that kind of "winning".

I would really love to see this move forward and if we can, make this happen. It's not just for me, but to see this talented group put out something really awesome in present, and in future.

The kickstarter will end Friday.

Thanks so much.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Fanciful Things.

From the archives.... Dragon Lady.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dodge it.

How will you fall down on your knees?

Monday, January 27, 2014


I've revisted an old friend. One I haven't seen in years.

I drew this sketch of Zelda a few years back. Didn't touch it, because I think I felt I had to wait a bit before I colored her.

I'm pleased to say that I didn't need to alter much in anatomy as I was quite happy to know I was well on my way to getting that pinned down.

Here she is:

The Swashbuckler

I've made a new photo character, courtesy of Tommy Byrne Photography.

She's called The Swashbuckler and I plan to make a series of Ladies of the Blade.

Here's the photo album.

Also, my friend David Moreno drew some art inspired by it.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Confrontation with Death

Sometimes, Death is a hard bugger to talk to...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Blind Ones

Another concept I've thrown up and quite happy with the result!

Druid Concept

I'm working on a few game concepts and I must say it's coming along great. The trips for figure drawing have definitely paid off.

I can't get into it, but I've been commissioned to do a concept for a game.

I'm quite pleased with the improvement.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Les Miserables at 2:30am

Oh come on.... T_T

Self Portrait 2014

I've been encouraged by my dear friend Peter to occasionally draw myself. It's to show the evolution of my drawing style AND of how I perceive myself.

It's quite enlightening actually. Take with it what you will.

That's the story of my art.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Saturday, January 4, 2014

King of Fighters Fanart

Geez, I'm bringing a bunch of characters that I did for fan stories and art from back in the day.

I've brought up Mara Yagami nee Mori. She's the wife of Iori Yagami.

The official SNK backstory is that the Kusanagi, Yata, and Yagami clans were at war over the demon Orochi. They both succeded in sealing them away. However, the Yagami clan wished for more power and struck a deal with Orochi - also due to the jealousy of being in the Kusanagi's shadow. Due to this, the Kusanagi and Yagami clans were locked in bloody warfare over time, killing many.

Another aspect of the tale is that the Yagami were originally the Yasakani. 660 years earlier, one of the followers of Orochi murdered the wife of the head of the Yasakani clan and framed the Kusanagis. I was supposed atonement to let the Orochi seal weaken. It didn't help that her body was found in the Kusanagi homeland. In revenge, they made a pact with Orochi.

PROS: Unlimited power
CONS: All their women die in childbirth, the heirs die young, and they have frenzied bloodlust.


So my part of the story is that there is another clan - a more neutral one. Their surname is Mori (like forest) and they are more peaceful. In order to prevent more bloodshed and more chaotic events, this clan proposes a peaceful way how things can be mediated, even settled.

The two daughters of the patriarch will be given in marriage to each clan. The elder (Mara) will be given in marriage to Iori - a calmer figure that may help quell the bloodlust that the Orochi demon has cursed Iori with. As for the childbirth, they figure a surrogate would be acceptable. (I haven't worked that part out yet.) The younger one, (Minami) will be given to Kyo as their similar personalities and perhaps should balance each other out.

The only issue is that even though Mara is willing and Iori is -due to this marriage being the only possible cure or a reasonable management for his curse, Kyo and Minami aren't willing to do it. Minami feels that she is too young to be married - plus her feelings for Kyo are only friendly. Kyo, for obvious reasons (having a girlfriend which he loves, Yuki), refuses. The Mori clan go forward with one half of their plan anyway because at least they see the Orochi blood being quelled by Mara's temperment.

However, more falls apart when Iori is seized by the Orochi bloodlust when the demon calls to him - even though it is sealed away. It would be akin to heroin addiction. However, Mara isn't as passive and obedient as people make her out to be. Even though she is peaceful and kind - she does have a soul of a strong oak or redwood and is just as resillient. She enters into the KOF tournament to get her husband back.

I picked the name Mara from the Hebrew origin of "bitter" as she has to deal with a lot, but the implication can mean "strength". Also, the meaning can be "lady" in Aramaic, becaure the "mar" means lord.

Lady Mechanika

I had such a beautiful stream tonight! It was lovely!

One of the first pieces I finished for tonight was for Lady Mechanika. I gave the original sketch to Joe Benitez - by the way, who is a very lovely and talented man.  I wanted to take more upon on it, and just add COLOR to the fanart!

I hope I did your daughter proud, Joe!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Downtown Art Mart

Hello all!

I hope you've had a lovely set of holidays to your individual beliefs! You've welcomed in the New Year with great relief and perhaps some optimism - which is always good.

To welcome in the Year of the Horse, HoraTora Studios is teaming up with Rivets and Cogs again to sell our lovely schtuff!

I will be supplying the nice things to hang on your walls (prints and paints) either ready-made or via commission. They will be supplying lovely things to adorn yourself with (bibs and bobs and lovely sparkling jewels)!
The Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Thursday, January 9, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM(PST)

We'd love to see you there!