Archive for April, 2007

Trinity Blood: Rage Against The Moons Volume 1: From The Empire

April 19, 2007

My 1st Pop Fiction Cover

The project was to create a look for this Trinity Blood title that would be consistant with the Pop Fiction branding established by our novels line.
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Original Japanese Novel Cover.

Taking one of the illustrations from the interior, I gave it a vectorized look.
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And this was the look we used for the ARC (Advance Reader’s Copy).
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Close up of cover image here

Sending it to Japan, it turns out their offices wanted a different look. They provided us with some new line art from the original artist to create the cover from. And this is what the final version came out looking like:
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Close up of cover image here

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HYPERSWEET 3.1 – Communication Breakdown

April 18, 2007

Contributed some art for the literary zine, Hypersweet, which also features photos, illustrations, comics and art. Details are here:
http://hypersweetzine.googlepages.com/volume3issue1
I did a couple of illustrations for a short story contributed to the zine.

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JACKETS PROJECT

April 18, 2007

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I did a couple of record covers for a cool little art show at the tribal cafe. It was pretty neat being among such contrasting styles.

Cover One:
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Front
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Back
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Inside

Cover Two:
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Front
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Back
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Inside Front
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Inside Back

@ The Gallery
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Crossing Borders

April 15, 2007

“Across The Board… Across The Borders”
Dec 1st, 2006

This was the first gallery I participated since I left college 6 years ago. The concept behind the gallery was of crossing borders. The idea behind my piece was to create portraits of family members, friends, etc. And crop them in interesting ways. I also made sure that the eyes were confronting the viewers. The concept behind it was all was dealing with immigration: All of these people, and you didn’t know which were legal and which weren’t.

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The piece of 9 portraits fully assembled into one.
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How it was presented in the show.

Tokyopop X-Mas New Year Holiday Card 2007

April 14, 2007

Year Of The Boar

For the “Holiday Card”, I was asked to create a non-specific Holiday card showcasing our 4 main company properties; Mail Order Ninja, Princess Ai, Dramacon and I Luv Halloween. I came up with them all on a sled, riding together on a snowy mountain. There’s a rocket for the Japanese Version of the card.

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Threads of Time GN 5 BONUS

April 13, 2007

Threads of Time gn 5: The Chronicles of Koryo Supplement
First Printed May 2005
This was a contrast between the two different types of soldiers: Koryo Soldiers and the Monol Soldiers. One the first of my own illustrations printed in a manhwa.
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Koryo Soldier
Mongol Soldier

My Dead Girlfriend Comic-Con 2006 Posters

April 13, 2007

This one, I didn’t exactly do artwork for. We were provided the artwork by the artist, Eric Wight, and we were to turn it into posters for his signing event. The art director recommended something with frames. I looked at the art, and then drew picture frames emulating the artist’s style. I’m really proud of the way these came out.

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Finney

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Jenny

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Mookie

TOKYOPOP Summer Reading Program 2006

April 13, 2007

Last Year, we teamed up the Los Angeles Public Library to spread word of the Manga Revolution through their summer reading program.
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I drew the artwork that ended up being used on the promotional materials! The theme was, “There’s a little manga in everyone!” My artwork was used to create bookmarks, a folder, a library certificate, a book review, a reader’s log, and a library poster

Pictures from one of the promotional events
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Princess Ai Trilogy

April 11, 2007

Published 2004 – 2006, Tokyopop, Inc.
Chosen by creator DJ Milky to create concept art for Tokyopop’s flagship title, Princess Ai.

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Princess Ai Volume 1: Destitution
First Published July 2004, Tokyopop, Inc.

I was given a chance to design the Royal Family Crest for Ai-Land, the domain Princess Ai is from. Taking misc. glyphs from Courtney Love’s American Sweetheart CD case (she’s who inspired Princess Ai) I designed a crest based off of several Scottish Family Crests as reference. It was printed on page 70 of volume one in a panel showing a royal book. Printed internationally as well. They took the symbol in the center of the glyph (supposed to be a stylized “Ai”) and put it in her locket for the color page.

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Princess Ai Volume 2: Lumination
First Published July 2005, Tokyopop, Inc.

During Princess Ai’s dream / flashback I drew the concept art for the “draining” of an angel’s blood to turn into energy. We took my art and sent it to the Japanese artist, Misaho Kujiradou, because DJ Milky was real specific about how he wanted it to be seen. The artist also drew the slave I created for the panel. I also served as the production artist for the book creating it from scratch using the japanese book as a guide and lettering the balloons.

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Princess Ai Volume 3: Evolution
First Published February 2006, Tokyopop, Inc.

Using the final concert scene, I created a look for the stage that is to be used for the Princess Ai music video and movie they’re producing. I also created the drum decal that they used for filming the video footage. And as with the previous volume, I also created it from scratch using the japanese book as a guide once more, lettering the word balloons. I also found all the extra materials I could find and created the large bonus chapter at the end of the book.