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Sketch For Summer

sketchforsummer

There’s something about drawing in ball point pen that’s so relaxing. Scrawling out messy lines on a pristine white sheet of paper without the option to erase is somehow more freeing than my usual pencil on paper. I guess this is the start of another ballpoint phase…

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Endangered Species

Yamanba

The other day in Shibuya, I spotted the elusive endagered species Yamanba in their native habitat. I’ve read, and heard about them before; I even have a friend who used to be one, but this is the first time I’ve actually seen one in person. Luckily I had my new camera in hand, and just managed to snap a pic of them from afar. If you don’t know what a Yamanba is, you can read a basic description here on wikipedia.

Yamanba, seems to be an almost extinct super subclass of the more mainstream Gyaru ギャル, “Gal” fashion style that’s can be found on the streets of Tokyo today.

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Let Them Eat Cake [Four]


Let Them Eat Cake 4

Let the Eat Cake [4 of 4]. Editorial illustration for Sketchbook Magazine.

Part 3 Part 2 Part 1

Shinbashi area

新橋で無くなちゃった: Lost somewhere in Shinbashi

Shinjuku

新宿: Shinjuku

Pap Bubble

中野のパパバブルではお菓子を作ります Making candy at Papa Bubble in Nakano

Papa Bubble

お疲れ!
Two old characters I recently redrew/remixed to work on refreshing their designs a bit.
Mint remix
Mint remix
Grim remix
Grim remix
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Glamourholic

The Glamourholic Wife Blog

A recent fashion illustration I created for Myss who’s launching her new site The Glamourholic Wife Blog. Check it out.

Ginza Ad

買い物が日本の力になる。”Shopping will become Japan’s power.” Basically “Buy stuff with you JCB credit card!”

I don’t spend much time in Ginza, or east Tokyo in general. I’m not sure why but it seems like I never really have any reason to go there. Maybe it’s the fact that there seems to be absolutely nothing worth doing near Tokyo Station besides stare at all the skyscraper office buildings. Ginza is good for window shopping, especially because a lot of flagship stores are located there, including the Abercrombie & Fitch store that always seems to reek of cologne and techno music; but I wouldn’t recommend it for any actual shopping. Sure, Imperial Palace Gardens near Marunochi are nice but doing it more than once isn’t very entertaining. If you are in the area, I do recommend you rent a bike (for free) to ride around the Imperial Palace. Actually, there are plenty of things to do in east Tokyo. 😉

Today I just happened to be in Ginza minding my own business and stumbled across a this ad with pictures of Rumi Neely from Fashion Toast, whom I illustrated a while back, in the middle a department store. She seems to be pretty popular here in japan because I’ve spotted a few other ads of her’s here in Tokyo including one in the OIOI [pronounced marui] department store. What’s interesting is underneath each picture there was an いいね button, which is the Facebook ‘like’ button in japanese. Above each button is a display of the total likes for each photo. Facebook meets real life.

Rumi Neely Facebook いいね

Every photo has a Facebook like button with the number of ‘likes’ displayed.

Rumi Neely Facebook いいね

いいね!

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This Weeks Pics

I usually take lots of photos with my phone during the week, and if you’re following me on twitter you’ve probably seen these already. The truth is, I’m kinda lazy so uploading photos from my phone to post here is rather めんどくさい [bothersome] but I’m trying to make it a habit to do this more often. Enjoy.

吉如時駅井の頭線 Kichijoji Station, Inokashira Line a.k.a. my station.

A new store Rose Bakery recently opened up in the Atre department store. I haven’t tried anything there yet, but I’m diggin the upside-down plants hanging from the ceiling.

Yodobashi Camera: I found this in the massage section… Is that RoboCop?

原宿 Harajuku: Check out the smile on her face.

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