so, i think i had pretty crazy time this year of 2012,,, well as usual i have been a kind of a drama queen,,(just let me be an unusual). i had a pretty big surgery, changed my job, directed an 2d+3d animated commercial for first time ever, illustrated a children book, curated a first and last group art show for sena, and had great time with friends a~nd some dramas in my personal life....anyway, here is the last post in 2012,
i wish everyone happy holidays and happy new year!
and if you have time,,, please check out Giant Robot and GR2, while in your break time with your family and friends,,it is fun to go there, and try some new Asian foods all around GR, i tried some,, yummy! i love around there!
here is OBAKEMAN GID VERSION from SEKAISEIFUKUDAN, now available at Giant Robot and GR2! (did i tell you obake means ghost in japanese..?)
and a free mini print, (8''x5'') with a purchase of obakeman while the show PRINTED MATTER/ A SHOW OF MULTIPLES which happens now. (^_^)
and my print, torotoromarillaz III, 'for the show, please contact Giant Robot 2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90025 gr2.net (310) 445-9276 for detail, and inquiries.
I started activate really early morning today, well it is habit I wake up around 6 am everyday,
but I went to bed around 2 am last night, so I just slept 4 hours,
and made my coffee, and then I started working on customizing an Ugly doll,
and after that it happened.
right after I started feeling awake,
I needed to do was making a serious pitch pack,
wow, I have been just working as a graphic designer, for more than 2years, and so my head and eyes were like seriously (@__@) kind of look like this, you know.
and then I tried working on, it was exciting time yet I was not so fast to get in the world, a lot of thinking, more like too much thinking, and then I was not able to visualize anything cool,, and so I asked Sena, and she woke me up! (she is talented, yeah you know, her idea was really fresh and cool and so I got jealous serious, am I bad?)
and I started visualizing,,, took so long time...to come up with the idea, but while I started enjoying it, I needed to stop, in order to fix weird look from my videos, I needed to look for old files and tried to fix, but somehow I was not able to do so, it was around 4pm.
and then I finished up making first base for the Ugly doll, and then put the first graze on a painting which I am working on so long time yet not finish.
Custom Ugly doll for GR Comi-con special event
now it is dry and I finished blog, so I will paint.
oh while I was doing that, I finished new tshirt design, which will be exclusive at Giant Robot,
UCHU-SEIFUKU on progress
sena got a part time job for first time ever at japanese toy store, she will ride bicycle so I want make the nekomitaina space suit helmet as real bike helmet.
Finally, my Sekaiseifukudan figurine series will be released today. Except for the people in production and photographers, nobody has seen them in person. I am really glad and happy that some people already ordered and got them without seeing or holding them in person.
I was thinking long time about creating figurines of my characters with transparent form, the idea is something that I have been always fascinated to capture or create in my art work. I have been seeing some transparent figurines out there from long time ago, so I know it is possible to make, but I wanted to put a floating heart in every each one.
Having a floating object inside of a figurine — technically it was a big challenge nobody had done before — at least I believe for sure that it was first time to try for the artists at Heroine International Limited where my Sekaiseifukudan were produced. And they really tried, so much talent, so many methods, and so much time. Sekaiseifukudan is made by hard plastic and silicon filled, so the heart can float in the body, which nobody could achieve before or wanted to because of the expense. But producer Mike Watson at Inner Sanctum believed in me and all my ideas, so he agreed to make them how I wanted. And of course, as an artist I was really picky.
Because of their unique designs, not only materials, but also coloring materials, and painting on each of them, it was a really big manufacturing challenge. Being really picky about color and texture and so many things, it took a long time and a big effort to make them look PERFECT!
And here they are, every each one is so carefully made and packed in a beautiful custom designed black box, ready to be held in someone's hands.
I am really grateful to Mike Watson and Rachel Stone at Inner Sanctum and all the people who are still working at Heroine International Limited for making one of my biggest dreams come true! Jack Muramatsu, your photographs and posts have been really helping me out. Thank you so much Vinyl Pulse! Eric Nakamura, thank you so much for your support. I am really happy to be able to have release event at Giant Robot!
that is what a doctor said, after he was rescued from the hospital in Sendai, when he had his first son in a hospital in another city where his wife was at from right before earthquake hit. he was directly hit by the tsunami, and still tried to help patients but lost 7 lives. he felt really powerless, and he said, he was not able to feel happiness, since he knows how many lives were lost. his words are the truth. it is miracle we are alive.
'we will be alright, just look forward, we can make it", grand mother who was at one of evacuated facility, just ate a small fish cake. it was her dinner, and might be her last since she doesn't know when she will be able to eat. there is no more food. what she ate on the last day, one strawberry, one banana, and one small fish cake.
a young father was finally able to talk to his daughter on the phone, and said, "oh~ finally i was able to hear your voice, i wish i could hold you right now but i cannot, hang in there, just look forward, we will be alright..."
i believe that any contribution, big or small, will help many lives and bring some hope to those affected by this horrific disaster.
"i want to do something, i need to do something, " and so these events are happening with all people who feel care and love.
this friday Q Pop Help Japan Fundraiser at Qpop shop in Los Angeles
one of my donated piece was already found home, i appreciate your support 小山豆几君 two of my pieces are available in really reasonable prices. here they are.
USAGI-DOSHI 12''x9'' graphite pencil and water color on paper $150
DECADENT II" OIL ON CANVAS 20''X16'' auction starting bit $500
and this Saturday Giant Robot Presents: Water Works - Fundraiser for the Devastation in Japan at Giant Robot and GR2
"Mizu Tako" 12''x9'' graphite pencil and watercolor on paper $300
and also i will have two of signed painting books with original drawings, $25
and one of my figurines "NEKOMITAINA" $100-SOLD. thank you Amanda, arigato.
i will sign on if you want. (^_^)
and here is the one trustworthy donation organization. do you remember "totoro forest project"? they are doing again!! and i will donate my art work too.