Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Rape of Higher Education in Hawaii

Peter Paul Rubens would roll over in his grave.

1) Please see: "The Rape of the Daughters of Leucippus"
2) Go find out what the politicians are proposing to do to UH Manoa.  
3) Weep.
4) ???
5) Profit.

118. The Budget Alert

"Here, pass these out to the boys in lieu of pay.  I bet we could use these to buy land from the Native Americans, they do love toys."
I'm paraphrasing; not actually quoting, but Virginia Hinshaw seems to have developed into a very Mel Brooks-like administrator. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, please, please go see Blazing Saddles immediately.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

117. A Very Scary Spring Break Special

The influence of Penny Arcade is again, very apparent in my work. The third panel is almost an exact copy of a panel created by those two web comic sages.  Obviously the characters are different but, while the drawing is original, the use of a rear-view mirror, the pink clouds and lens flare, and even the the reason for the panel itself (i.e. stalking) is so immersed in the tradition of Penny Arcade that I'm almost ashamed to write about it.  Almost.
In art, attempting to emulate someone else's work, or even copy it, isn't the same as copying someone's answer to a math problem.  It's about learning why and how the people who are better than you do the things they do. I reiterate: not what they do, but how and why.  That's how we get better.
Imagine a "how to draw" book.  What is that encouraging but copying?  I learned to draw manga characters by copying Dragonball Z cards in third grade.  Can you imagine a "how to solve this specific equation" book? That'd just be plagiarism.  Art, either visual, musical or other, is an extremely different field from other humanities and especially from fields outside Arts and Sciences.  It is the study of others: their techniques, their methodology, their subject material.  So I say to Jerry and Mike; thanks for all the great jokes and amazing art - I've learned a lot from you guys.

116. Roommate Screening, part 2

God of War III.  I want to play it so badly, despite the fact that, as was made hilariously apparent by Penny Arcade, the plot will be the same as the first two: Kratos will kill everyone.  This is a given.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

114. Sign Me Up For That Cell Phone Provider

If you thought the previous joke was bad... this one's el terrible.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Common Sense and Common Sensibilty

Psycho Wall-Street Freak-Out

After A Gold Rush

Another reposting from Intermediate Drawing.

Detail from Narrow Minds Ahead 2

Detail from Narrow Minds Ahead

Narrow Minds Ahead

Reposting with a higher quality photo.

This is a drawing from Intermediate Drawing about free speech.

See Charcoal Drawings for further information.

Skeletal Structure Study

Charcoal pencil on paper


From a photo took over the Summer of 2009.

Graphite on paper

Portrait of a Man

A portrait I did of a model from last Semester's Life Drawing class.

Grpahite on paper.

Hero Mask

Like the Oni Mask, the Hero mask is based, loosely, off of traditional Noh theater masks.  The Hero is the side we do want to show others. Not necessarily good though, the Hero side is sometimes deceitful.  I tried to show that through the creepy facial expression.

Oil pastels on paper.

Oni Mask

The Oni mask represents the side of us that we try not to let others see.  Not necessarily evil, the oni actually carries an ambiguous look on his face.  Just because it's not the side we want to show other people, doesn't mean it's bad or wrong.

Oil pastel on paper.

The iDrone Mask

This is a mask of the iDrone (deluxe model). It represents consumerism and materialism and what it does to people. It too is a mask we all wear.

Oil pastel on paper.

Zane Mask

Zane is Harold's best friend, and he represents the more "Id" side of me. He's impulsive, inquisitive, child-like and unexpectedly powerful at times.

Oil pastel on paper.

Harold Mask

So this is a mask I did of the main character from The Sun Also Shines on the Moronic.  Since the strip is such a hug part of my life, and Harold embodies a lot of my own personality, I thought it was a good idea to include him in the project.
I chose to make masks because masks represent an aspect of a person or a role that we perform.  Harold is, in some ways, both.

Oil pastel on paper.

The Morning

The morning is not my best time of day. While I might not actually look like this, I certainly feel like it.

Pencil and watercolor pencil on paper.


When you're really good at something, you start to get cocky.  In order to represent this, I decided to use something that, in real life, I'm not proficient at but that is visually interesting and fun to draw.

Pencil on paper.

Acceptance and Defiance

Number Three
As we grow older, we experience traumas. We can either accept them, or defy them. Is either path correct?

Pencil and water color pencil on paper.

Comic Universe - Close Up 2

Comic Universe - Close Up 1

Comic Universe

The second from the self-representation project.
Depicts most of the characters I've created for various comic projects either within Ka Leo or outside of it.

Pencil and ink on paper.

Black and White and Red all over

The first piece I did in a series of self-representational images for my Advanced Drawing class.
This one is a simple, basic expression of how frustrating the world can be.  Just based on newspaper clippings, one can clearly see how much idiocy takes place.  And that's only news from The Advertiser and The Star Bulletin.

Pencil, watercolor pencil and ink on paper and newspaper.