Sunday, August 31, 2003

The second day of Dragon*Con began with a voice over the intercom
"Will the large green creature by the doorway please move his tail out of the flow of traffic"
The surrealism was just beginning. Shortly there after a biker gang of Klingons on Harleys rode by, their biker babes, showing off their saggital crests, some must have had implants.
Then marching down the road, in cadence, a squad of Cobra commandos. Ready to kick some Gi-Joe butt. It made me wonder about the pc-ness of reenacting a terrorism group, no matter how fictional, but boy did they look cool! So I guess that's what really cancels out any political conflicts...fascist fashion.
Then it was back to work, meeting with art directors. All very positive. Very exciting. Even my White Wolf portfolio review went well, despite me being very nervous, waiting in a line with many others struggling to break in.
I also ran into some people that post on the forums, nice to put some faces to the names.
The rest of the day consisted of the usual, showing my portfolio, having conversations with Barbie Jedi, and the hilarious Mr. Star Wars contest(with it's wonderful judges). Yup, the usual.

oh by the way, It was cool meeting you Smitty. send me an email some time.

Friday, August 29, 2003

Well the first day of Dragon*Con is upon us. It started out by sharing an elevator with David Carradine. In complete silence. All I could think of saying was something about grasshoppers. Fortunately, I held my tongue.
And then off to show my portfolio. Lots of positive coments...
Lots of potential future jobs. An extremely productive day. I waited in line to see and thank Larry Elmore for all the years of enjoying his art for Dungeons &Dragons and beyond. After telling him how he's influenced me and all the fantasies of dragons he helped create in my mind, he basically told me to shut up and show him my art (though this was said very politely)
I obliged and then he proceeded to compliment me on my images.He liked my dragon, my female pilot, but was floored by my Salome piece. For a fanboy, who grew up looking at his art since he was ten years old, it doesn't get much better than that.
The rest of the day was great also. Met Brom, what a nice guy.
Greg Horn, who does digital work for Marvel, was impressed on how organic my work looks
and talked to Dan Brereton about Nightmare Before Christmas.

Other than the girls in latex school outfits and acccidentally bumping into Lou Ferrigno and worried about geting him angry, not much else happened. But it was a good day. Now it's off to see Voltaire...

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Monday, August 25, 2003

Interesting graffiti artist, Check out Chetrooper (the tshirt in the thread section would make a great gift...;) and DJ-D2 (at least that's what I call him)

Here is a link to a 14th month calendar with various portraits of Tori Amos, by artists David Mack, Ken Myer, Christopher Moeller, Dave Dorman, Tony DiTerlizzi, and more.... 100% of the proceeds from the calendar will benefit RAINN and the National Sexual Assault Hotline.

Ever wonder what happened to that baby from the Nirvana album cover? No, he didn't drown.
Click Below...

Thursday, August 21, 2003

More of a doodle than a sketch.... female shaman with antler and tusks headdress.

here's a link to some wedding headdresses from Glasgow. Now you can celebrate that special day with emu feathers in your hair. When you think love ....think emu.

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Be careful with bacon, because you never know who will see the art
that you made in AFO.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Okay, A big post this time....I'm going to try to update more frequently.
Also you may have noticed I've swayed a little bit from just talking about my career. I realized I didn't just want to write about that...So my journal is evolving. I'll still talk about art and influences, but I'll also mention interesting and odd things along the way

First up is the origin of the name NekoKaiju. It's origins actually date way back to the mid 80's. It's now the name of my studios and a future self published comic. This should clear it up.


Well, maybe not...I'll talk more about this later

VW is giving away iPods with the NewBeetle, might be more appropriate though with the new

I'm now doing some freelance work for Pheonix Rising Games,
stay tuned for details

When I was very young I went to a very hokey science fiction convention. My parents dropped me off and I spent most of the day in a room smaller then my apartment. Strangely that convention has influenced the way I think of fantasy art even to this day. There, I was first introduced to the anime movie Vampire Hunter D and that led me to look up the works of Yoshitaka Amano.
But the room was small and after a couple of hours of pacing I wandered out into the hallway. There at a table was a beautiful woman with long braided hair sitting at a desk. No one else seemed to pay attention to her. But she wasn't a figment of my imagination. She was real. And she was the first comic book artist I had ever seen work. Sort of haphazardly she drew with what appeared to be an ordinary pencil on a very large board (before then I thought comics were drawn at their original size) I watched her for awhile, mesmerized that a woman was drawing comics. I had never met a girl who even liked comics let alone wanted to create them. (I know this sounds terrible, but remember I was very young). Her drawings were beautiful. And I bought the first issue of her comic book. I told her I was going to be a comic book artist someday. She smiled and was very nice and told me just to keep practicing. I studied that comic for years, practicing how she drew hair...yes hair. I was amazed by her approach. And even to this day I think of her work when I'm doing lighting in hair.

That book was called A Distant Soil and I was watching her pencil and erase pages from the second issue. The book is still running today and a free preview of the entire first issue of A DISTANT SOIL is available at The artist Colleen Doran has a new book called Reign of the Zodiac. Check out an interview and a preview of the art at

It's interesting how such small things in your life can effect you forever....

Portrait from memory, in pencil and photoshop

A fascinating journal of a woman playing
Star Wars Galaxies

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

sketch coming tonight....

Okay this has nothing to do with art...except maybe the lesson that you need to be careful about logo design..
Northwest Airlines is now N.W.A

Too bad Eazy-E missed this...

Sunday, August 03, 2003

No-Contact Jacket (right out of a William Gibson novel)