Nausicaa, and Windsor & Newton inks

nausicaa detail

“Nausicaä” – 8×10″ ink and watercolor on aquabord watercolor cradled wood panel.

I’m so proud of my most recent little painting! I’m trying something a bit different here. The last time I visited the art supply store, I picked up a set of Winsor & Newton inks, and after lightly penciling in the drawing I used the nut brown ink to trace over the linework.

nausicaa wip 1

 I used liquid resist (the light blue blobs) to protect the areas I wanted to keep white.

nausicaa wip 2

nausicaa wip

Here is after the first few coats of paint, not quite dark or rich enough. I used both the inks, and my watercolor paints.

nausicaa wip 3

And here is the finished piece!

nausicaa small

This painting is for this group art show, set to coincide with the Penny Arcade Expo this weekend. All of the work is inspired by nostalgic animation from the 80’s and 90’s. Opening Friday night! Hope to see you there. 🙂

when we were young

Here is the Facebook event page.

Shuki Kato, origami artist!

Who is this beautiful man? I don’t usually do posts on boys, but this immensely talented origami artist is my brother, Shuki!

Look at what he does! (An ohmu from Miyazaki’s epic manga series and following anime: Nausicaa):

His original designed origami models are now available in his freshly opened etsy store, here: http://www.Shukikato.etsy.com

Spread atlas beetle

Shuki’s been doing origami, the art of folding a traditionally square piece of paper, no folding or cutting, since he was nine. He’s devoured just about every origami manual available, and has long ago graduated from following the steps system of folding to be able to fold a model directly from looking at a crease pattern… for example:

This turns into this:

If you’d like to see more of his work, he also has a flickr and deviantart account:

http://origami-artist-galen.deviantart.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/origami-artist-galen/

And don’t forget to support him at his shop:

http://www.Shukikato.etsy.com
 

new camera, new work, new roommate

Firstly, and most excitedly, meet Nausicaa: she’s around a year old, ornery, and very sharp.

Also, evidenced by my ability to take pictures, we went out and got a new camera, with a ‘panoramic mode’!

Also, I started designing and binding piles of little sketchbook-journals.

And bookplates.

This week has been a good one.