My art-hero, ever since childhood, Katsuya Terada is in San Francisco for the weekend but I’m currently half a world away (I keep departing wherever he’s going to be at, by a month; thrice now, once in LA, once in Japan and now in SF).
Luckily my great, great, great friends, Richmond, Lateef, Dan and Stephen were there and they got to pass him a drawing I did for him and I got to skype-chat with him briefly.
I definitely grinned like a chimpanzee all the way through.
I visited Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo today. They have a beautifully curated special exhibit called “The Power of Manga: Osamu Tezuka and Shotaro Ishinomori”. Anyone who’s around the Tokyo area should check out the exhibit.
I grew up loving these two master’s works and to be able to see their sketchbooks, notebooks, actual artwork for the pages and hand-painted illustrations in person was just unthinkable. The exhibit really blew me away. The “no-photo” rule really killed me, I had to draw the moment I stepped out of the museum.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be swamped with work but I indulged myself 5 minutes for this sketch of Raijin.
In related news, I have an illustration based off the Japanese Shinto thunder god, “Raijin” as part of a live music + art show. Anyone in the San Francisco area on the 9th of March 2013, go check out this event, it’s called “Beasts & Beats V”.