Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Animation with Lilipip Studio - Bedrock Ad

Check it out, featured on TechCrunch! (scroll down).

My brother David who works at Microsoft in Seattle mentioned he heard of a start up animation studio there called Lilipip, so I hopped on real quick. Luckily they had this gig for me not too long after. I didn't have a whole lot of time to get it done as I'm juggling other projects, but I think it came out pretty good.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Genevapop Flyer - our show at Kimo's 11/3/09

Doing rock poster art is a labor of love. Playing our second show as a band at Kimo's in San Francisco, so I put this together for it. Our first show was for the opening of Mission Comics. Come get your fill of our indie-rockabilly shoewave sound.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

T-shirt Design - Federal Reserve

This was my submission for an organic t-shirt show. I'm no conspiracy theorist but I've done my research and it's pretty unbelievable what the Federal Reserve is getting away with. They talk about it in Zeitgeist The Movie which you can watch online for free.

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Business Card -

My German instincts came in on this one with the square-shaped business card. My Japanese side is responsible for the cute little pokemon-ish devil character. Yes, the Axis powers are working in my favor with design :)

I usually use for printing business cards since they have the best deals, but I didn't see the option for square shaped ones so I went with who does. They got high ratings on Yelp so I took the plunge and I couldn't be happier.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Livescribe Commercial

Got a gig back in June where I had to fill up a notebook with notes and doodles...for a girl. Not as easy as it sounds, it's actually pretty hard to write like a girl. I don't know why they didn't just hire a girl artist, but it was fun. The commercial was made by Dwyer Productions.

Higher resolution video here.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Fortune Cookie

Thought of this at a Chinese restaurant on Polk Street here in San Francisco. My East Coast sense of humor definitely came with me >;)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hippo character design

This was a test for a children's educational gaming company, Smarty Pants. The design was partially inspired by the book Cartoon Modern by Amid Amidi which I just finished reading.

A little behind the scenes. Still living out of my boxes of which the scanner is in one until I found my own place, so this was taken with a digital camera:

Thursday, May 28, 2009


I thought of this when I saw a guy on the bus who looked like he went to every Bonaroo, owns every Matador and Sub Pop record, and Hi Fidelity is his favorite movie. If I had the time & money, I might not be that different.

Yes I know, iPod spoofs are way outdated...too bad, here's another :P

Friday, May 22, 2009

My Journey to In-N-Out Burger

Is In-N-Out Burger really as good as they say? Watch as I go on a quest through magical San Francisco to feed my curiosity on this California staple:

Thanx for the background music Avalanches, The Go! Team, the Strokes and U.N.K.L.E. w/ JSBX!

Monday, May 18, 2009

No One Knows What It's Like...

I woke up a few days ago with that first panel in mind of Skeletor. I have no idea why or how but it seemed like a funny idea:

And here's a comic I started and ended in 2004 because I got too busy with school work. I'm half-Japanese just so you know where this is coming from. It's called ESL:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The New!

After several months of sketching ideas at a coffee shop, looking through books for pattern ideas, deciding which homepage idea to go with then combining them all, and working on a 5 year old computer in San Francisco trying to avoid facebook unsuccessfully, I can now enter what's left of the working world with the new & improved

Now I can complete my transformation to working San Francisco resident stuffed with organic hummus, chai lattes and Full House theme song playing in the background (shooby do bap bada) :P

Behind the scenes...yay...

Thursday, April 9, 2009

My Inner Rodin

I'm not one for drawing realistic things, but I drew some faces & bodies at a bar and my friend Bow Jones said they were beautiful. I then got fed up with designing my website again last night and just went off on a freestyle sketch frenzy in Flash. I'm a big fan of Rodin...and women, so I couldn't help myself w/ the erotica.

6 hour life drawing classes at the School of Visual Arts will definitely have an effect on ya, these were all done freehand.

Remember that hot opening scene in Darjeeling Limited where Natalie Portman raises her leg to Jason Schwartzman to take off her boots so they can get down? I tried to illustrate that w/ a few changes in detail.

Bow showed me a nice picture of a hand he drew and we got to talking about how we loved to draw hands. Some quick sketches:

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Full Page of Line Melody

Last Friday there was a Drink and Draw event in lieu of WonderCon at the 111 Minna Art Gallery in downtown San Francisco, of which me and my fellow artist friend from college Jenn Tong attended. I thought it was a casual event but it turned out there were actually some pretty well-known comic artists there doing their thing. Also, the pieces were to be auctioned to help support the recovery of Underground Comix legend S. Clay Wilson so whatever I made was going to have a price tag.

So there I was, probably the only artist no one's heard of drawing in the spotlights in the middle of the room. I was nervous and shaking a little, I hate drawing in front of people and it took until well after the ice cubes melted in my Jameson! I did what came most natural to me, my recent love for freestyle line melodies. Two guys there were nice enough to compliment me as I drew alongside brilliant comic artists drawing Hulk, men in retro detective outfits and sexy girl superheroes. They put a $25 price tag on mine, but they displayed it upside down. C'mon people, isn't it obvious which way is up?! :P

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Melody of Line

So I'm eating some pizza at a friend's house in Kirkland, WA and I start doodling this pattern on the pizza box. This was right at the start of the big Seattle blizzard in December that's just recently melted away. I didn't think much of it at the time, but when our car tires got stuck in the snow and we had to shove cardboard under them to get out, I couldn't let this little guy go.

Even though you see this style of line a lot on t-shirt prints and Urban Outfitter-esque decor, to drop some history on ya you'll see variations of it in Baroque, Celtic and Islamic art as well as in pinstriping which started in the 50's with Von Dutch (how many people who wear his name know that?). I started really getting the hang of it when I visited the Mucha Museum in Prague back in September last year. I pulled out my sketchbook and sketched, getting a feel for the "melody of line" as Alfons Mucha puts it,
from the frames of his beautiful graphic prints. I like to freestyle with it.