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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.
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Many of you may be off from school or work, and heading home to see your family.
Every year, I pick an image I created over the course of the year that is the most Christmas-y to post here as my online holiday card. This year, this odd Candy land image I made for DC Comics’ Unwritten (issu #53) is it.
So, those of you who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas to you, and those who don’t, well, still Happy Holidays!
26 illustrators for Zatoichi box set
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Known for their beautiful collector DVD/Blu-Ray packagings, Criterion Collection has done it again. And this is epic. Whopping 27 disk 25 movie full box set of Zatoichi: the Blind Swordsman starring legendary Shintaro Katsu. The set came out after Thanksgiving, just in time for Holiday season.
What is the most exciting s that the set comes with a fully illustrated booklet with 25 images done by 25 different illustrators and comic artists. Beautiful box packaging was done by Ronald Winberly (below) (package art directed and designed by Eric Skillman of Criterion Collection.)
and, below is my contribution to film No.9 Adventures of Zatoichi.

I have also picked some of my favorite images from this booklet, so you can see how cool this box set really is. from top to bottom: Greg RuthPatrick LegerJosh CochranPaul Pope,Sam Hiti and Benjamin Marra. (and can I show off that Josh, Paul, Sam and Ben are some of my very talented friends!?)

The set is currently sold discounted from Criterion store.  If you are in the US, you can still meet the holiday shipping deadlines. All the details, pricing and shipping,  please check Criterion website. 

life after art school, now what? conversation on JUXTAPOZ
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The latest issue of JUXTAPOZ Magazine(September 2013) has a big feature called Art School 101, where recent graduates from four different US art schools ask questions to their professors about life after art school.

I had an honor to represent School of Visual Arts where I have been teaching illustration classes since 2003. One of my former students and very talented young artist Jensine Eckwall and I had a conversation which is featured in this article.

The whole conversation took place in my studio earlier this summer.  We probably talked and talked for more than an hour. JUXTAPOZ editors did a great job condensing the essence of conversation into just three pages. Since there are a lot of you out there, some outside of the US where you can get this magazine, who have the same questions Jensine has, I wanted to post the whole conversation here. 

*correction: my friend is an 'art director' at Victoria's Secret, not a 'director' as in the article.

Thank you Thomas Woodruff, chair of BFA Illustration and Cartooning Department of SVA for recommending me for this interview, Lisa Batchelder, Publicist at SVA for organizing and overseeing the process, Bryan Derballa for great photos (+ recording our conversations), and good luck to very talented Jensine Eckwall, and hope you visit her site before you leave this page.

The latest issue of JUXTAPOZ can be found at bookstores near you.

(I had originally posted this to my website's news section. Since a lot of art students and  young artists are reading Drawger, I have decided to repost it here. )

attack of the 80 foot octopus (mural)
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I just came back from DUMBO, Brooklyn, where two identical, yet completely different 80 foot long murals (about 24 meters) are being painted right now. 
This is a project I have been collaborating with Sagmeister & Welsh for last couple of months as a part of Dumbo Walls project organized by DUMBO Improvement District and Two Trees Management Co.

One wall is going to be a simple graphic typography on a black wall, and another side is the same type made out of illustrated and detailed octopus tentacles. The walls are painted by very talented Coby Kennedy based on the designs we had created.
If you are in DUMBO area, you can see the work in progress, for the next week to maybe up to two weeks (depends on the progress). The underdrawing stage is done, and the painting has just started. I am planning on checking in as much as I can.
The walls are on Jay street under-path,  right outside of F train York Street exit in DUMBO. (see the map below)

how it will look like like at the end, when done.
current view, underdrawing is done, painting is about to start.
the opposite wall. This will be simple graphic white type on a black wall.
This is where the walls are. Right outside of F train York Street stop, on Jay Street under-path
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