Work in progress. Page 18 of "Gaijin- American Prisoner of War", a graphic novel written and illustrated by me, publ. by Disney, 2014. It's December 8th, 1941, the day after Koji's 13th birthday and, coincidentally the day after the raid on Pearl Harbor. Koji didn't sleep well the night before. His dad is still stuck in Japan and they haven't heard from him in months. Like so many other Japanese Americans, Koji was just the wrong color at the wrong time in the wrong place. And his U.S. citizenship didn't make a difference. Pencil, water color, gouache, 2012.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
15 minute 9" x 12" water color study done for my Academy of Art Students/San Francisco. The study is done with some dry brush but mostly wet on wet technique and was done to show them how to build a painting through warm/cool (raw umber/ultramarine blue) layering. Towards the end I also tossed in some cadmium red and viridian green. And, yup, it's supposed to be a self portrait. There are some (and I won't name names but my bonus son Joe is standing nearby) who don't think it looks like me! I'm outwaged, I tell you! Outwaged!! ;) Water color, 2009.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
Pencil, white chalk on brown paper, Summer 2001.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
My fiftieth year had come and gone,
I sat, a solitary man,
In a crowded London shop,
An open book and empty cup
On the marble table-top.
While on the shop and street I gazed
My body of a sudden blazed;
And twenty minutes more or less
It seemed, so great my happiness,
That I was blessed and could bless.
Pen&Ink, 2005 and 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Illustration for "Thank You Sarah, The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving" by Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrated by me, publ.d by Simon&Schuster, 2003. Sarah Hale, born 1788, a widower who raised 5 children, a published author and publisher of America's first magazine for women- petitioned for abolishing slavery, equal education for girls and boys, ending corporal punishment for children and saved Thanksgiving for us all! Watercolor, pen&ink, 2002.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Intermediate sketch for "Gaijin-American Prisoner of War", a graphic novel written and illustrated by me, to be publ.d by Disney/Hyperion 2014. Based on the true story of my Aunt Adeline, my cousin Mary and her babies- imprisoned by our gov
ernment during WWII for being the wrong color in the wrong place at the wrong time. The basic story elements of this sketch remain in the final telling, however some things have changed- eg. the narrative is now in the third person, Karl is now Koji etc.. Also, the text will be digitally produced and not hand drawn. Pencil, 2008.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Sketch from the Detroit Metropolitan Opera's dress rehearsal of Mozart's "Cosi Fan Tutti". When I taught at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit every semester I'd take a group to the opera for sketching. We'd get a tour backstage, meet a performer or two and sit right down front for the performance, sketching all the while. What a great time that was. For some of my students it was their first viewing of a professional theater production, much less the opera. Pencil, 11/9/2001.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Preliminary sketch and final art for "Scatterbrain Sam", written by Ellen Jackson, illus. by me, publ.d by Charlesbridge. The character with Sam is called "The Widder Woman". When I presented her character sketches I mentioned that I wanted her to be a mix of Oprah Winfrey and Rosie the Riveter. This was the result. Pencil and watercolor/pen&ink, 1998.
Friday, August 10, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
"Whenever the social structuring of the unconscious is dissolved, the individual has to take a heroic journey and go within to find new forms. The biblical tradition, which provided the structuring myth for Western culture, is largely ineffective. Its pretentions to revelation are refuted. So there must be a new quest."
Psychology Today, 1971
Psychology Today, 1971
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Sikh rights groups have reported a rise in bias attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with more than 700 reported incidents in the United States. Sikhs are not Muslims, but their long beards and turbans often cause them to be mistaken for Muslims, advocates say.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
"American Saint BigBoy #1" I drew this sketch just after Pres. Bush made his fateful speech after 9/11 which included the following:
"They have attacked America because we are freedom's home and defender; This crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take a while, but we will rid the world of the evil-doers." I was afraid then that the aggressive conservative element now holding the reigns would take this opportunity to harness the nation's anger over the attacks and get busy making money while building an empire. Considering all that has happened over these past 11 years I'd say my fears were justified. Pencil, white charcoal on tinted paper. 10/1/01.