A cockatrice of mine from 2016 and a rooster knight on the last minutes of the previous and the first few minutes of 2017.

True to form, 2016 still put up a vicious fight by having the lights go out on my entire neighborhood, I had to doodle a rooster knight in the dark with the bare glow of a candle’s light. 

Now, put up a good fight on the impending year of the rooster.

I drew the Agyō statue found in the stunning Sanjūsangen-dō temple, Kyoto.

Trying to draw the statue’s unique shapes with a minimal number of lines was fun. Those ukiyo-e masters really were (still are) ahead of the curve by hundreds of years.

I miss Kyoto, but that’s pretty much any day of the week.


Yasushi Nirasawa has passed away. He was one of the very first artists to have ever influenced me, even before my art was ever anything more than a toddler’s scribbles and still remains one of the best of all time. He left us far too soon. 

He had brought in new vicious life to Go Nagai’s Devilman and made it his own. He had provided so many Kamen Riders across different eras menacing foes and allies for decades on end. 

Thank you for having unleashed your creatures on us, Nirasawa-sensei. Your work will always be cherished and your presence will always be missed. 


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.