Japan

A country I’d been fascinated by since childhood, and lived in for a year or two in the late 1980s.

Popeye Magazine

 Posted by on July 10, 2014  Drawings, Illustration
Jul 102014
 
Popeye Magazine

In 1988 I was living and working in Tokyo, and I had a few steady illustration gigs to supplement my other jobs, which were some English teaching when I first arrived in Japan, and then working at TOEI animation studio when I got better established.  It was a busy time. One of the magazines I did a few [..READ MORE..]







Car Show

 Posted by on June 10, 2011  Drawings, Illustration
Jun 102011
 
Car Show

More from the archive; a magazine illustration done while living in JAPAN, for a story about the TOKYO CAR SHOW (in ball-point pen and water colour). The article claimed that the prestigious CAR OF THE YEAR award was won not on the merits of the car itself but on how much money was spent in the media campaign [..READ MORE..]







Jet-Kid ♥ Hola-Gato

 Posted by on March 30, 2011  Doodling, Drawings
Mar 302011
 
Jet-Kid ♥ Hola-Gato

This colour pencil drawing is my submission to the HITOTSU art Auction being held this Saturday at the SUPERFROG GALLERY, as a fund-raiser for JAPAN. In trying to do a piece for a show that honours Japan, I started out by thinking of all my favourite Japanese cartoon characters, which is where my love of Japanese culture began [..READ MORE..]







Anonymous Hug

 Posted by on March 23, 2011  Artists, Friends
Mar 232011
 
Anonymous Hug

Always awesome artist PATRICK AWA has just busted out yet another wonderful piece and this one was done specifically to raise money for the QUAKE in Japan. It is called “ANONYMOUS HUG” In his own words: “In the aftermath of the ongoing tragedy in Japan, I was so anxious that I had a hard time focusing on painting. [..READ MORE..]







JAPAN

 Posted by on March 16, 2011  Thoughts
Mar 162011
 
JAPAN

Lately, I can think of nothing else than the tragedy in Japan, a country where I spent many happy years but that is being tested to the limit right now. While it’s heart-breaking to look at the videos and photos of the terrifying scale of the destruction wrought by the Quake and Tsunami (and the prospect of nuclear [..READ MORE..]







Twenty Five

 Posted by on March 17, 2009  Family, Thoughts
Mar 172009
 
Twenty Five

There has been a meme going around the Facebook community whereby people write an autobiographical list of 25 factoids about themselves. Mine took a while to type (I am both a windbag and a very slow typist) so I thought I may as well post it here too, for posterity: 1. I have been on the fence about [..READ MORE..]







More Tokyo Sketches

 Posted by on February 16, 2008  Drawings, Figure Sketching, Travel
Feb 162008
 
More Tokyo Sketches

Some more drawings from a old stash of travel sketches. These are from Japan, 1987. When I did these, I’d not been in Japan long, having just got off the ferry from Taiwan (via Okinawa) where I had been supervising animation layouts in Taipei. After a few hectic months of tropical heat and crazy Saturday-Morning animation production schedules [..READ MORE..]







Ueno Ape House

 Posted by on November 16, 2007  Drawings, Figure Sketching, Travel
Nov 162007
 
Ueno Ape House

I’m still scanning and archiving lots of old 1980s travel sketchbooks and doodles. Here are some of my very rare life-drawings, done on a cold Japanese winter’s day in 1987 at Tokyo’s UENO ZOO. The apes had gone inside to escape the cold, though they couldn’t escape prying eyes, as we human beings could observe them in their [..READ MORE..]







Japanglish & Englinese

 Posted by on November 8, 2007  Drawings, Illustration, Travel
Nov 082007
 
Japanglish & Englinese

These are some of the illustrations for an English Language text book for Japanese readers. I drew them many years ago while I was working and living in Japan. In the early months, my income was mainly from Teaching English, so freelance illustration jobs were a welcome distraction from my limitations as an English Language teacher…. I didn’t [..READ MORE..]