Under the Lilies watercolored
Block print version
Well, I got this bad boy watercolored in time that I’m gonna submit him to a local art show, Art in Bloom. Will keep posted.

Under the Lilies watercolored

Block print version

Well, I got this bad boy watercolored in time that I’m gonna submit him to a local art show, Art in Bloom. Will keep posted.

Under the Lilies block print
I’ve been working on this larger block print recently, and while I wait for it to dry properly before watercoloring it I figured I’d post the block print version.
The themes/subject matter of the dragon-koi legend is one of my favorite things to draw. I was inspired to make this piece cause I recently planted a water lily in my fishtank and it’s growing like crazy.

Under the Lilies block print

I’ve been working on this larger block print recently, and while I wait for it to dry properly before watercoloring it I figured I’d post the block print version.

The themes/subject matter of the dragon-koi legend is one of my favorite things to draw. I was inspired to make this piece cause I recently planted a water lily in my fishtank and it’s growing like crazy.

Nekomata Print Colored
Print Version
Draft Version
By deciding to color the nekomata in this print an orange tabby, I feel I have unintentionally created a new, sinister meaning to Garfield. ^_^;

Nekomata Print Colored

Print Version

Draft Version

By deciding to color the nekomata in this print an orange tabby, I feel I have unintentionally created a new, sinister meaning to Garfield. ^_^;

Dragon Among Flies
Print Version
Used the last piece of clayboard I had on hand to mount and color the Spyro-inspired dragon. Nothing quite as peaceful as watercoloring dragons on a snowy Sunday. :)

Dragon Among Flies

Print Version

Used the last piece of clayboard I had on hand to mount and color the Spyro-inspired dragon. Nothing quite as peaceful as watercoloring dragons on a snowy Sunday. :)

Dragon Among Flies
Alongside re-watching Samurai Jack, another trip down memory lane I’ve been taking is re-playing the original Spyro the Dragon games. I remember the first video game console I ever got was an original Playstation, and I got it to play Spyro. :)
Looking at the original Spyro (not the reboot or the Skylanders versions), I wanted to make a traditional dragon inspired by the plucky purple dragon and his dragonfly familiar, but design it based on animal physiology and less cartoony. I looked at cats, basilisk lizards, and pterodactyls—since Spyro was a glider, not a flyer in the originals.

Dragon Among Flies

Alongside re-watching Samurai Jack, another trip down memory lane I’ve been taking is re-playing the original Spyro the Dragon games. I remember the first video game console I ever got was an original Playstation, and I got it to play Spyro. :)

Looking at the original Spyro (not the reboot or the Skylanders versions), I wanted to make a traditional dragon inspired by the plucky purple dragon and his dragonfly familiar, but design it based on animal physiology and less cartoony. I looked at cats, basilisk lizards, and pterodactyls—since Spyro was a glider, not a flyer in the originals.

Baku Print Colored
Draft Version
Print Version
Another hand-colored yokai print. Though I so far liked the Bake Kujira print I colored more, I am pleased with the candlelight effect I got coloring this one.
I may try recoloring this one again with a slightly different color scheme. For now I am satisfied with it, though, as I’m still getting the hang of these watercolor pencils.

Baku Print Colored

Draft Version

Print Version

Another hand-colored yokai print. Though I so far liked the Bake Kujira print I colored more, I am pleased with the candlelight effect I got coloring this one.

I may try recoloring this one again with a slightly different color scheme. For now I am satisfied with it, though, as I’m still getting the hang of these watercolor pencils.

Bake Kujira Block Print Colored
Draft version
Block Print only version
After some experiments with mediums and tools, I figured out the best way to color these block prints I’ve been making—adhearring the print to clayboard with archival adhesive, then coloring it with watercolor pencils and prismacolor colored pencils. I then dug out a fancy old camera we had and took high-quality photos instead of scanning it. I loved the results, even with a few computer tweaks, since the camera made the reds really pop on this Bake Kujira print.
I plan on coloring most, if not all, the prints I make at some point. This was kindof an inagural/testing the waters (pun) piece, so there is some stuff I still want to try in future piece.
It was fun to color the Japanese ghost whale. :)

Bake Kujira Block Print Colored

Draft version

Block Print only version

After some experiments with mediums and tools, I figured out the best way to color these block prints I’ve been making—adhearring the print to clayboard with archival adhesive, then coloring it with watercolor pencils and prismacolor colored pencils. I then dug out a fancy old camera we had and took high-quality photos instead of scanning it. I loved the results, even with a few computer tweaks, since the camera made the reds really pop on this Bake Kujira print.

I plan on coloring most, if not all, the prints I make at some point. This was kindof an inagural/testing the waters (pun) piece, so there is some stuff I still want to try in future piece.

It was fun to color the Japanese ghost whale. :)

Warrior of Time Print
I decided to take a break from the yokai series for now and work on other images for block prints. While I was carving the last couple of the yokai, I re-watched a classic from my childhood—Samurai Jack. Feeling nostalgic, I decided to make a block print fanart. Making fanart once in a while also loosens my art muscles. 
I based the Aku design on the Chinese taotie faces found on ancient pottery. 
I hope the rumors are true that they may make a movie to finish the story of the time-traveling samurai. The show had such good storytelling, characters, art, music, you name it.

Warrior of Time Print

I decided to take a break from the yokai series for now and work on other images for block prints. While I was carving the last couple of the yokai, I re-watched a classic from my childhood—Samurai Jack.
 Feeling nostalgic, I decided to make a block print fanart. Making fanart once in a while also loosens my art muscles.

I based the Aku design on the Chinese taotie faces found on ancient pottery.

I hope the rumors are true that they may make a movie to finish the story of the time-traveling samurai. The show had such good storytelling, characters, art, music, you name it.

Baku Print
Hands down, the dream-eating baku is probably one of my favorite creatures from Japanese folklore. I decided to draw this yokai series baku a little different than how I normally draw baku—I looked more to the elephants and tigers that the baku legend was orginally connected with rather than the tapirs (though I did throw in some tapir markings on this guy) that were later associated. 
I’m gonna step back from the yokai for a while and work on some other images now.

Baku Print

Hands down, the dream-eating baku is probably one of my favorite creatures from Japanese folklore. I decided to draw this yokai series baku a little different than how I normally draw baku—I looked more to the elephants and tigers that the baku legend was orginally connected with rather than the tapirs (though I did throw in some tapir markings on this guy) that were later associated.

I’m gonna step back from the yokai for a while and work on some other images now.

Kamaitachi Print
Mantis weasels! (aka Kamaitachi)

Kamaitachi Print

Mantis weasels! (aka Kamaitachi)