Tuesday, September 11, 2012


This past Saturday the talented TOKiMONSTA (LA born Jennifer Lee) visited Fresh Cafe in Honolulu and dropped some dope beats in one of the best live shows I've been too. On par with NextDoor's presentation of DJ Krush, TOKi kept the energy high and the dance floor packed for her entire 1.5 hour set.
The hip-hop beats and layered, electronic soundscapes she created with her equipment was mesmerizing. After the show she stayed and talked with some of her fans, including my friends and I and was available to sign copies of her debut album Midnight Menu which, together with her recent release, Boom (released by Analogue Monsta - the combination collaboration between Suzi Analogue and TOKiMONSTA) were both available for purchase at Fresh Cafe for the fan-friendly price of $10.
I had such a good time and enjoyed the music so much that I decided to paint a picture based off one of the photos I took at the show using Painter12.  This is the result. The hardest part was getting the glowing neon colors to sit well with the dark hues that make up the complimenting shadows those neon lights were casting. That and getting her face right at this angle (still not completely satisfied with that, but she does look Korean at least). 
Anyway, this was one of the first portraits I've done in Painter12 and I thought it worked pretty well. The oil brushes definitely feel more real than in photoshop, but there are a few silly things about Painter too that, one would think, after 12 generations would have gotten fixed - c'est la vie. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Working Title: Death Scars

Starting a new project is always difficult, especially when you're working with talent that's 3,000 miles away from you and your best source of interaction is Skype and GoogleDocs. Fortunately, there is talent. I'm working with my two good friends from college, Josh and Vince, to create a new web comic. We haven't settled on a name for this project, or on anything really, but we have a few good ideas and hand that can wield a stylus on a Wacom, so what the hell. I really hope this takes off. 
The first idea we're hashing out is a comic about Darth Vader and his skill with children. After an initial study and layout,the first panel came out like this (left). Fortunately, practice seems to make me better (who knew?) and after some practice and a painting of TOKiMONSTA, I can now say that the artwork for the strip is complete (I hope). Here it is, in glorious ExtraColor: