Note: The process pictures are of different pieces, as I tend to work on more than one piece at a time… this is probably really confusing, so I apologize in advance!

1. Research. This involves a lot of googling and filtering in order to find good reference pictures for poses, clothing, colors and patterns.

2. Rough sketch

3. Tracing onto nicer paper. Because I’m too cheap to own a light box, this step is done during the day, against a window.

3. Inking (the best step!), with a little brush and sumi ink.

4. Add a background (the most difficult step for me)

5. Scanning, then “coloring” with Photoshop.

6. Selective blurring for the internet.

7. Then, printing, matting, framing, etc. 🙂

pillow books, shunga, erotica, porn… whatever you want to call it…

Here are the first four of what will eventually be a collection of twelve drawings to be bound into little books in the coming month [censor bubbles won’t actually appear in print]. All drawn with sumi ink, then colored digitally.

These are all directly inspired by the floating world wood-block prints of sixteenth-to-eighteenth century Japan, commonly referred to as shunga. These were gathered together into little booklets called “pillow books”, used as instructional manuals by the bourgeois, gifts to new brides, and interestingly, good luck charms (to ward off death, of course!) to samurai.

The goal is to have the twelve drawings done, have an limited printing done, and have them hand-bound by mid-November.

Something else I came across during research which is rather interesting (mature warning):

10 Controversial erotic shunga prints

New drawing: Unravel

“Unravel” 16″x20″, charcoal, orange and black sumi ink on watercolor paper

The world is in a constant state of falling apart and piecing back together. Mine is currently in the former.

Floating World inspired prints


“Nap Time (post party)”

both are available now on etsy. I hope to start doing larger prints soon.

Fuco Ueda… why did it take me so long to find her work??

I stumbled upon Fuco Ueda‘s work and had to look at every single piece in her online gallery. Her work is full of the microscopic, the undersea, girls with disheveled hair, the surreal and the dirty. I think I’m in love.