1975 . . . It begins!!! An early
originally went to college on two art scholarships. After the
semester I switched to Industrial Technology and Graphic Arts
Management because I decided I wanted to actually be able to get a job
after graduation. So, find on this page some assorted fun
from back in the day.
above diorama mash-up is of giant atomic turtle Gamera attacking a
historically accurate build of Matsumoto castle in Nagano, Japan. Both
the castle and Gamera are done in an exact and matching 1/350 scale.
Ito Ogami the
baby cart assassin
My old dog King!
the right is one of my early attempts at SUMI-E brush
painting. Sumi-e is a Zen painting technique. Rather than
using a model, the painter draws freely from his memory and
imagination, using a brush and ink. The movement of the brush
in sumi-e painting has been compared to the movement of a sword. Bold,
confident strokes are required. It is a direct action. Any
hesitation or re-touching the work is clearly visible in the finished
painting. Dr. D. T. Suzuki's analogy is the best:
"Sumi-e reflects life . . . when painting the least stroke
made over another becomes the error visible after the ink has dried.
In life, one can not take back what one has done.
Zen teaches that life must be seized at the moment, not
before or after."
is a layout map I made for myself for a keisho polish on an insanely
complex ju-monji yari I worked on.
This is an
oshigata I made of a
early Showa era blade by the Seki smith Fukumoto Amahide. This sword is
interesting in that it has beautiful choji utsuri, a feature most
commonly associated with Koto blades. I wrote an article about this
sword that was published in the journal of the JSS/US a while back.
In Japan, making exact drawings of swords like this is
considered an art form.
from a very old water color. Not great, but it won
a state art competition back in high school.
points if you can guess the model!
A small sketch: armor on box with
it occurs to me that my own art is not particularly amazing, so
included below are a few original art pieces from my collection. These
are pages from a comic book adaptation of a novel that I helped write.
It was originally titled "Ghost Sword", but ended up being
the title Witchblade
in 2002. These 2 pages were drawn by professional comic book
Keu Cha and inked by Jay Leisten. Click on the art pages
below for cover
gallery and sample chapters from Mike Baron's
original novel Witchblade: Ghost Sword.
Ghost Sword audio book mp3 files
graphic from college
featuring Ippon seoinage. Logo, text and color were added for