Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Sketchcrawl 14 results

Lots of walking was made from the Ferry Building, up to Coit Tower, through Little Italy and Chinatown and then ending at Union Square for the 14th Sketchcrawl.

While waiting on the ferry pier

Coit Tower

Lunch at Trattoria Volare Caffe in Little Italy. I roughed them there and painted them later.

Corner of Grant and Clay in Chinatown

One of several erhu players

Tawainese dancers in Union Square

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Snow Fall...?

Rough layouts for the next story. I'm uncertain about the title. Suggestions?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

SF Zoo revisited

Here’s a bunch of animal drawings from the SF Zoo I did the last Sunday of April. I got to draw different animals from the last time I visited the zoo in December with the Sketchcrawl group.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Sketchcrawl 14, classic route in SF

The next Sketchcrawl is approaching on May 19th! The San Francisco group is going to revisit the classic route of the Ferry Building, Little Italy and Chinatown, ending in the Yerba Buena Gardens. It will be a fundraiser for Emergency. From Enrico Casarosa's press release:

Emergency is a humanitarian organization founded in 1994 in Milan, Italy, that offers free medical care to civilian victims of war, landmines and poverty worldwide. The organization also builds hospitals and health-care centers, physical and social rehabilitation centers, and first-aid posts. All of its facilities are designed, built and run by specialized international personnel, who in turn train local staff. More information can be found at its Web site:

For more info and finding a Sketchcrawl group near you, check out the forums!

Friday, May 04, 2007

Sakura of America Artist Meet Up

Last night, I went to the meet up sponsored by Sakura of America, the American headquarters of Micron Pigma pens and other products. Peter Ouyang and Julia Reed from Sakura presented their ideas about the emerging manga-anime artists and why they were interested in developing the new market now. Several local Bay Area manga artists showed up from Bay Area Arists Unite (BAAU), along with Ben Seto of Black Sheep Comics and PMBQ, who does the Tea Club.

It was an interesting pitch on Sakura’s desire to help create the marketplace with the assistance of local manga artists. The other part was for the artists/creators to meet other people. My work is not obviously manga influenced and I do watercolors for my comics. Everyone else I met there uses Photoshop and/or pens and markers.

It was nice meeting other artists, not busy drawing or selling. I’ll have to see how the next meet up goes.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Manga, Art & Graphic Novel Expo

The Manga, Art & Graphic Novel Expo last Saturday was a lot more relaxed than APE; probably because I had everything accounted for already. No poster raffle for the mailing lists or candy to lure people to the table. It was a much smaller venue (maybe 250 people) and mostly tweens/teens there. A few teenagers said that they saw me and a couple of the other guest artists already at APE.

I gave away a lot of postcards with my folio and comic website urls on them. For my workshop, I showed how to make my single sheet comic. The most interesting thing about the Expo is that it’s put on by the City of Fremont and not a by a privately run non-profit group.

Here's a photo of me at the table: