MASC in MASK

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     I was commissioned by Jonathan O’Connor, a wonderful writer and also one of my dear friends who is currently putting together an essay book, MASC, that deals with masculinity and sexuality.  I read its draft, and it was extremely personal and raw; and of course it was relatable as a gay man myself.  It captures both physical and emotional aspects of the main character’s life as a gay man; family, friendship, love relationship, and such.

     It starts with this:

MASC: (n) masculine.  Often used among gay men while exchanging physical statistics in online chats and personal ads. Meat to indicate a straight-acting, manly guy, that likes men. (Antonym: Fem.) –Masc by Jonathan O’Connor

     Juicy, isn’t it!?  When I read, I READ hunny (not “read” as a gay terminology, just saying.)  Also that was my friend’s personal essay book, so I had this extra love and compassion for what he went through…  I almost felt like I was in a LGBTQ group session or listening a testimony at my church (I go to a LGBTQ affirmative church.)  It’s really nurturing to see one’s vulnerability.

     Anyway, so here is what I sent him first; thumbnails.

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     He liked #2 and #6, and we talked on a phone, then decided to do #6.  It captured the both physical and emotional flavors from the book.  Since it was a quick turnaround, I jumped into from the thumbnail to its final piece. 

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     (Oh by the way, you can see more on my Instagram page!)

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     I do use gouache to paint shadows and highlights.  People tell me that I could digitally, but I enjoy the traditional part of my process.  

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     So yeah, that’s it!  Here is the final piece again;

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     Jonathan, it was delightful experience to work with you.  You are very talented writer, always wear a warm and positive energy that I enjoy, and mostly delightful.  

     Please check his website: Jonathan O’Connor 

Okay y’all, have a wonderful day!

Yohey

Portfolio: http://yoheyhorishita.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YoheyHorishita

New Year’s Card Illustrations

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     I got a call from a Japanese company, Impress Japan, this summer to do a set of four illustrations for a New Year’s greeting card software designed by them.  It is a self-generate design software that you can put your own words on any illustrations/designs that you like.  Creative Director Takuya Honda from their Digital Creation Dept. said he wants my works to be lavish, colourful, and rich; also at least one of my works has to have a sheep which is Oriental Zodiac animal for 2015.  It cannot be anything western, and has to be authentic Japanese aesthetic within my style.  He likes some patterns on my illustrations that I previously did for other projects, so he also said he wants to see some of the patterns on these illustrations… I got your back Honda-san* 

     Fun, right?  I love drawing patterns as you know, and colour madness is my alley.  I had never worked for stationary illustrations, so I was like “Yaaaaaz, I will take it!!”  snap snap*

     Then the reality hit me after I agreed on the contract and started the project…  I actually didn’t know (or still don’t know) much about Japanese tradition and custom.  Here is why.

     I grew up in such a sincere Christian family; my Korean mother and my Japanese father.  My whole extended families are all Christian as well, so I really wasn’t exposed to Japanese traditions.  My family was/is closer to the Korean side of our families and relatives, so I wasn’t participated to certain Japanese ceremonial activities by the historical reasons as well.  During the New Year’s holidays, our family was absolutely doing nothing but just looking at Christmas trees in our house and treating ourselves from the hectic busyness of Christmas.  Japanese culture has too many superstitious elements in everything so as New Year’s greeting cards.  I didn’t know that much about it, so I really had to research a lot before I start my artworks.  Research, y’all, research!!

     So, this is me asking around my Japanese friends on Facebook about the lucky charms that I should put on the New Year’s cards…  Every items have their own meanings and reasons to be placed as decorations.  So interesting.  Anyway, thank y’all my friends!!! 

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     I felt bit I cheated on research haha… Asking around my friends on FB haha.

     Anyhow, I talked too much.  Let’s me show you the process log.  You will see orgies of my line works…  This is a part-1.

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     I decided to take that thread out.  It caused too much movement and mess!!! 

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     Yes, yus, yaaaz, Mt. Fuji needs to be in red.  That’s a traditional superstitious belief in good luck. 

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     ↓ And again, THE ORGY OF OUTLINES, part 2.

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     In this 2nd illo and 4th illo, I wanted to mash the foreground elements and the background pattern together in certain level, and make the foreground elements looked come out of the pattern… kinda? yeah? gurl please… haha

     ↓ And my headache of “THE ORGY OF OUTLINES REALNESS”!!!!!

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     I don’t even know what I was looking at and how I coloured this mess.  I need to take a coffee break even now I’m looking at this.

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     Somehow I did it…  Give me a high five, thanks* ouch.

     So this time, I did ink drawing for these illustrations.  It really depends on my intuition to decide which media that I’m going to use whether ink or oil pastel…  I usually tend to use ink for more small sized detail oriented works. 

     It’s not that bad now…  Just a pattern porn going on. 

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Anyway, it was a lot to show…  I’m tired now. 

Here is a copy airmailed from Impress Japan! 

If you were in Japan or if you were a person certainly who sends New Year’s greeting cards, please support this wonderfully beautiful software by Impress Japan!

Impress Japan : http://www.impressjapan.jp/books/1114102010

Amazon.co.jp : http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/484433655X/ref=nosim/?tag=impressjapan-22&linkCode=as1

Rakuten: http://books.rakuten.co.jp/rb/12950786/

Okay then, I really spent too much time on BLOGGING!!!!  Ugh!!! Y’all better give me kiss and hug on this post!!!  I really don’t remember what I wrote on this, but I feel this post is too long!!!  I don’t even know people in our generation or younger generation even read lol haha*

Anyway, thank you xoxo

Yohey

Portfolio: yoheyhorishita.com 

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Can’t Get Away

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Title: Can’t Get Away

     I was asked by Prof. Rick Lovell to visit his Advanced Digital Illustration course at SCAD-Atlanta and share how I work on my illustrations with his students.  It is always such a delightful moment to see Rick, and also share what I have in my creative kitchen with his students.  Fun!

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     I super quickly (I mean super quickly) showed how I colour digitally; especially, it is pretty fast when I use Pen Tool in Photoshop…  I overheard some student’s WTF gag.  Gurl, I can twirl on Pen Tool, give me Pen Tool so I can breathe. 

     So I chose this sketch that I did when I visited my ballet dancer friend at his ballet studio in Hell’s Kitchen.  I drew one of his friends on a break.  She just straightly went on her cellphone, and sipped tiny amount of water after her hands danced on the cellphone.  I guess checking on a cellphone is way more important than drinking water during her short break from the ballet practice. 

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     This brought me to this concept.  We are so tied up with checking up overloaded amount of information on a cellphone when you try to work out.  There are endless new health products, facts from new studies, quotes, this and that…  Then you find yourself not doing anything but looking at your cellphone screen for hours.  Well, it’s basically me haha. 

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and eventually a balance ball and cellphone charger were added later. 

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It is pretty flat even though I have much texture on a piece, so I move on to layer shadows and highlights, which I normally paint by gouache on watercolour paper.  

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So here are some close-ups!

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Anyway, hope y’all like it:)

Cheers,

Yohey

Portfolio: yoheyhorishita.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/yoheyhorishita

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Truth in Fiction

Title: Truth in Fiction

I got an email from Art Director. Christine Navin at Barnard Magazine (which is issued by Barnard College in New York City) almost a month ago for their editorial piece.  

The story is written by Dylan Landis, and titled “Truth in Fiction.” It starts with a story from Landis’s novel of this young, talented, but damaged girl named Rainey Royal and her troubled friends. It eventually develops a discussion of how readers/audiences see its author’s actual (or non-fictional) experience in her fictional novel.  It is really delicate and definitely gives me a different interesting point of view to read “fictional” story next time. 

I really enjoyed the whole process of this assignment (hope AD. Christine did too… haha)

We started from tumbnails;

She liked the idea of #5, so I played with it more;

Then #3, but no hands, and colour comps;

Okay, #2!!

and colour this!

(Sorry, I totally forgot to take some screenshots of colouring process)

Anyway, this happened after all.

and I got this in a print as well:)

Cool, eh?

It was really wonderful to work with AD. Christine.  She was very quick, always available, on-point to what she wants to see, and guided me through this!  Thank you so much!!

Hope you enjoy it.

Cheers,

Yohey

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Addiction

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Title: Addiction

This is an illustration inspired by an erotic romance, Fifty Shades of Grey.  The story is about a deepening relationship between 21 year-old college grad girl and a successful business guy.  It is woven into very graphic and erotic contents of their sexual activities, BDSM.

Instead of focusing on the graphic contents, I focused their psychological relationship/ownership to one another when it comes to the concept of illustration.  Dominance and subordination kind of relationship is really built on a delicate fine line of trust and pleasure.  The both parties need to be addicted to each other and give-and-receive pleasure…  I’ve been through this type of relationship and activities, so I can speak to that from my personal experience (Too Much Information*) haha

So I drew hands crossing like a flower, something delicate but wanting (attracting) the butterflies.  I think red manicures enhance the erotic essence of hands.  The butterflies and the mantis obviously portrait a relationship of dominance and subordination.

Anyway, let’s move on to the process like always.

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Just a little section of the oil pastel board.  I used my hands for a reference.

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I don’t have man hands…

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Background is done by ink drawing.  That gives me much more control, so I can draw pretty fine line and more delicate line works.

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Then compose and colour.

Sorry I totally forgot to take some more screenshots this time.  At the end, the file was 2.3G, and my laptop was so slow to handle the big file. 

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I already had a solid colour comp in my head even before I started colouring.  I usually have the colour plan in advance.  Colour comp somehow naturally comes in a stage of sketch, really, I start seeing the whole colour in that stage…  Weird.

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Again, here is the whole image.

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Hope you like it!

Cheers,

Yohey

www.yoheyhorishita.com

Alfred and Tippi

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Title: Alfred and Tippi

This is a portrait illustration of Alfred Hitchcock.  Obviously, The Birds. I mean, birds… How many birds did I draw? I literally thought of a fried chicken when I was illustrating.  Southern Belle problem, haha.

Before that I had a massive gesso day,

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Oh well, it’s not massive… Sorry.

Then, this time I used ink to get the line drawing.

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It really enjoy drawing in ink and nib pen once in a while, and colouring it in Photoshop is always fun.

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So here are close-ups!

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So again, here is the one again!

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Tons of fried chicken! Hope you like it!

Cheers,

Yohey

www.yoheyhorishita.com

Queen of Clubs

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Title: Queen of Clubs

This is my contribution to SCAD Atlanta Illustration Department project.  Selected students had to illustrate each given card.  Mine was Queen of Clubs.  Anything queen, yes please! 

Since we were given to much freedom to this project, I just jumped into the whole process.

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I started from this rough sketch, a mermaid with a club fan, ah simple. 

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Then like always, I was back to oil pastels and also using ink to get some line works.

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In Photoshop, the chaos was happening (but fun)!!

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And after one whole day of colour, here are some close-ups.

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and again, here is a whole image.

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Hope you like it!

Yohey

www.yoheyhorishita.com

Avery Sunshine

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Title: Calling, Avery Sunshine

This is so my fan art to Avery Sunshine, my biggest favorite artist.  She is beautiful songwriter, singer, pianist, and choir director…  I mean you can feel the soul and spirit in her music when she opens her month.  I wanted to illustrate her in mosaic and gave it iconic impression.  Like her music, very warm, passionated, spiritual and soulful, and “sunshine’… 

So its thumbnail went through like this;

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Then, I decided to go with diva hands (not playing the piano like on this thumbnail.)

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Another oil pastel moment.  Mosaic was just my “NmmNmm honey, please” moment…  It took 2 hours and 100 times of eye-rolling with saying “Oh my Lawd, it takes forever!!!!” haha

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the hands were too small, so I had to tweak just a bit, as well as piano keys.  

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and this is my favorite part of the process; colouring!  Here are several close ups for you!

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So again, here is the whole illustration.

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Hope you like it!

Oh and please check her out!

Avery Sunshine http://www.averysunshine.com/

Cheers,

Yohey

www.yoheydaydreams.com

Tell’em

Title:  Tell’em

So this is a typographic illo that I did.  Excuse the B word, and this is a quote from Madonna, “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want.  If that makes me a bitch, okay.”  I found this initially when I was looking for a quote by a historical feminist, and you don’t know my reaction when I saw this; like “Oh gurrrrl, yaaaaaaas, tell’em!!!”  

So after I got my sassy attitude on, it was just another day at my studio scratching the oil pastel plate…

and the whole drawing was like this;

Yup, there was no space to fit one last flower on the top…  Thank God for Photoshop.  I actually didn’t use this bee at the end, but still I think it’s a cute bee:)  

Some other elements were done by ink.  I can actually get fairly similar line quality by ink drawing, so technically I don’t have to use oil pastels…  Well, l guess I have a polygamy relationship with oil pastel and ink haha.

Finally colouring them in Photoshop.

At this point, I felt like I was doing a flower arrangement!

Here are some close-ups.

So again, the final illo is this;

Put your sassy on, ladies!!  Put your swag on, gentlemen!! 

Cheers,

Yohey

www.yoheydaydreams.com

Your Heartbeat

Title:  Your Hearbeat, 2014

I pitched an editorial piece for a tech article.  The article says there is a new gadget coming up for patients who have a heart problem.  It reads your heartbeat, blood pressure, and others, so you will be able to avoid any emergencies.  It can be synced to one’s smart phone and pill case, and is monitored by her/his medical supplier like doctors and nurses remotely.  The article also talks about the possible privacy issue with this gadget.  

Someone is always watching over you…  Not God or angels, but your doctor.   

In 3 days of fun creating a new piece!

In this process, I tried some stuff that I’ve never tried before…  The result wasn’t perfect as I thought, but I had to make it work!  My imaginary Tim Gunn helps me sometimes!  

And colouring in Photoshop, the fun part!

Red and blue, and some close-ups for you.

www.yoheydaydreams.com

Cheers,

Yohey