Friday, December 22, 2006

Pickled Christmas

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Sunday, December 10, 2006


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I thought I would share a pic of my new project "MUSHIBA KAIBUTSU" or "CAVITY MONSTER".

Sculpted out of Super Sculpey and a few hours of TLC. I plan on making molds and trying to produce a few more of this character than just the "one-of-a-kind" sculpts I usually do.

I will update the blog with in-progress pics as I get the various parts of his body finished.


Saturday, December 02, 2006


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The Holiday issue of Hooters Magazine has just come off the press and into your local Convenience stores. This is the second ad I have drawn in this series. I am not really sure how many of these I will be illustrating... At this moment, I know there are at least two more to come. One is already finished and I will be starting the next one this coming week and hopefully finish before Christmas break. I have been able to illustrate these ads about 2 months ahead of publication deadline. This has been nice for me because I am not being forced to have to get the illustration completed in an unreasonable amount of time. I actually get to take some time and do a reasonably good job. Which is a very rare thing in this business.........
On this illustration, I had fun experimenting with the way the background interacted with the foreground image. Making marks that helped define certain elements while also helping with the composition. When I was presented with the concept of the ad, I wasn't really sure what I was going to do for the backgound... but I knew that it needed to convey a more organic feel than doing something that was a computer effect. I need to still convey that "hand done" quality even though I do all of the work on the computer and I also need to make sure that the background does not overpower the foreground image.
The only direction I ever really get from Coors Light when I do these ads is that I need to convey a sense of cold throughout the illustration. I mainly try and do that with the hue of the overall image. I could illustrate "is it cold in here? " visual cues in the illustration but then there would be major problems getting the illustration approved by our legal department.

Please remember to always drink Coors products.


On another note, it is hard for me to believe that I have been posting to this blog for just over a year now......... 39 total posts over 365 days. That is 0.10685 posts a day.......not a very good ratio over the course of a year...... I guess I am looking at the quality of posts not the quantity to make this a successful blog..... yeah, that's it.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Missing Doughboy......... FOUND!

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UPDATE: After 22 days of being lost, Pandane Kaibutsukun has been found!

I just got an email from el maz, the curator of the "Yeast Infection" show:

guess what man?
the freakin doughboy showed up TODAY at my post office box!
i figure that will make your day man. all is well in the world, and your piece is still in it's excellent packaging(double boxed).

I am happy and now I can sleep well.


Monday, October 23, 2006

Missing Doughboy

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I have very sad news to report today.... 19 days ago I mailed out my custom Pillsbury Doughboy to a P.O. Box in Los Angeles for the "Yeast Infection" show. Well, the show curator "el maz" sent me an email letting me know that he had not received it yet. Remember, this was 19 days ago........... so, it looks like the USPS has lost my "Pandane Kaibutsukun" custom Pillsbury Doughboy. When asked, the Post Office stated that they have no idea where the package is......... Thankfully, I did insure him........ but the process to claim the insurance value is complicated and a pain in the ass.

Hopefully, he is sitting around somewhere at the Post Office waiting to be found..... If not, I hope who ever received him has given him a good home and appreciates all of the time and effort put into him.

Please come home Pandane Kaibutsukun, you have a family that misses you.


Monday, October 16, 2006


Well, the Sep/Oct issue of Hooters Magazine has hit the newstands and inside there is a little ole' Coors Light ad that was illustrated by me. This has really been a good project for me to work on since it lets me revisit a drawing style that I have not done since my comic book days (a little less than 10 years ago).

I really think the premise of the ads is quite unique. The imagery is very reminiscent of the old "Playboy" style of cartoon but it is illustrated in little more contemporary style. Please keep an eye out for future issues of Hooters Magazine as there will be a series of ads drawn by me in this same "pin up" style.

And remember......... always drink Coors products.

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Monday, October 09, 2006


The Yeast Infection Show has started on eBay and all of the entries look really nice. Everyone brought so much to the table with this toy. It is probably one of the best custom shows I have seen in such a long time.

A big thanks to El Maz for making this show happen.

You can check out the show at the following link:

  • Or you can check out my custom directly here:

  • Oh yeah...... here is a drawing for today.......

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    Saturday, September 09, 2006


    Thirty-four days have passed and I am finally able to post something here. I guess I could post small insignificant crap everyday, but would it be worth doing? Would it be worth reading? I have thought about doing a daily or even weekly sketch. Just post an image, no text.... nothing but a drawing..... we will see if that happens..... it might be fun to do....... maybe....

    Again, time is my enemy and I am losing the battle. I get myself involved in all of these projects and it never leaves me time for much else. Not that it is a bad thing..... it just does not give me the opportunity to update my blog with strong content that would be interesting to read and to look at....

    Everything in my life has been going really well since I got married. A lot of people ask me if I feel different, and I have to honestly say..... "Yes, a little bit". Not much has changed as far as our day-to-day life, but there is a strong feeling that is very new to me and it is hard to place my finger on it to describe it...... I guess I could describe the feeling as "Overwhelming Responsibility ". What does that mean exactly? There are a lot of levels to it, and I am not really awake enough at 4:30 am on Saturday to go into specifics. Besides, this blog is to talk about my art not this drama stuff......

    Lets get to the ART.

    I have been working really hard over the past couple of weeks to get my custom Pillsbury Doughboy finished in time for the "Yeast Infection" online show and auction that takes place on the 6th of October.

    I had a hard time trying to figure out what I exactly wanted to do with this custom. When I was looking at the Doughboy's design the biggest problem for me was trying to figure out something to do with the chef's hat. It seemed to be always in the way with the ideas I came up with. I thought about cutting it off.... but that would have taken the look of the custom farther from the original toy than I wanted to go.

    Here is the sketch I decided to use for the sculpt:

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    In-progress pics:

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    Once the initial sculpt is finished and put in the oven, I started to think about paint. I originally thought about going with a green color for this guy but I felt that had been done so many times with monsters, especially Japanese kaiju. So I went with the same color scheme as I did with the custom Skumbo I did awhile back..... (They look like they are related if you put them next to each other).

    The final Piece:

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    This is how he would look if he was 250 feet tall......

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    Now that I look at the final piece I guess I must have been subconciously inspired by Matango. Because the similarities are very close....... Since I had to use the chef's hat, the custom ended up looking like a big mutant mushroom. Although Pandane Kaibutsukun has a giant brain and not a mushroom cap for a head.........

    Remember, PANDANE KAIBUTSUKUN is for an online show and auction..... As much as it pains me to write this...... he will be for sale. So, please bid high and bid often. I don't usually sell my customs, so please give him a good home. I will be posting an auction link once the "Yeast Infection" auctions get rolling.

    Next up on my plate is working on a custom 9" Bud for the The Bomb Project show that is happening in Denton, TX from Nov. 18th - Dec. 2nd. I haven't really figured out what I am going to do yet..... but I am sure it will have bumps all over it.


    Sunday, August 06, 2006

    Happy Birthday to Me!!!

    Well, I am officially another year older......... I can already feel my back stiffening and my arthritis kicking in. :(

    I have still been very busy with creating my vinyl customs. I just finished a custom SKUMBO for the "HIJACKED" (Because Homage is Just a Fancy Word for Stealing): Custom Skumbo Show.

    Here is a teaser pic of my custom SKUMBO........

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    This little guy will be available for sale at the show. So please bid high and bid often.

    This show is going to boast a plethora of talent!

    Here is the OFFICIAL list so far:
    Doktor A
    Josh Novak
    James Mayle
    John Madrid
    John Gray
    Raoul Desoto
    Jeff Stephens
    Jason Kochis
    Roy Vento
    Ryan Crippen
    Adrian Pena
    Lee Gajda
    Ryan Hungerford
    Wesley Groenewoud
    Jessie Hernandez
    Dear Earthling
    Joe Grady
    Kathie Olivas
    Elizabeth Berdann
    Erick Scarecrow
    Kenn Munk
    Jason Jacenko
    Blinky Escalante
    Matt Connelly
    Damion Silver
    Jermaine Rogers
    Rene Delgado
    Frank Kozik
    and some surprise guests...

    I am not sure yet where and when the show will take place. Please keep checking back here at the blog as I will update the information about the show as I get it.



    Wednesday, July 19, 2006


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    I am happy to announce that on Tuesday, July 18th, 2006, I got married to the most beautiful and wonderful woman in the world. It was a nice day of family, food, wine and a Judge driving an old pick-up truck. We had a beautiful wedding and a very small reception up in Boulder.

    I will be posting more pics as I start to sort through the many photos that were taken on that very special day.

    Please enjoy this one picture for now.


    Tuesday, July 11, 2006


    The custom toy show opening on Friday, July 7th was a night of rain, lots of cool people and even more rain.............

    Here is a front door view of the right side of the gallery, my sculpted heads are on top of the black bookshelf in their glass domes. The curator of the show Desoto is just to the right of the bookshelf with the white shirt and the demonic eyes.

    Here are many of Desoto's customs. I am so impressed with Desoto's work, he cranks out the high quality customs like a well oiled artistic machine.

    Here is my good friend Ryan Philbrick and I checking out the "MADBALL" inspired customs I did for the show.

    Ryan and I again.... pondering if it will continue raining for the rest of the evening. (look at how wet our shoulders are.)

    A big thanks to Desoto for letting me enter some of my pieces into his show. It was a great showing in a great space with some great artists.

    Please check out his website:
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  • Enjoy,


    Friday, June 30, 2006


    "BIG TOP"


    "ME" (not Jesus)


    These pics are from the opening night of "Follow the Munny" at Capsule Gallery. (isn't it amazing how much the flash from the camera can ruin your pictures?) It was a really great show with a lot of really great entries. I was very impressed with the level of art that was at this show. It is truly amazing that Denver actually has a vinyl scene, albeit a little one...... but at least there is actually something going on here.
    Friday (July 14th) there will be a "Closing" of the show. (My little guys finally get to come home from a long vacation at the Capsule.) There will be fun and activities for all. If you happen to live in the Denver area, the "Closing" of the Follow the Munny show will be the place to be on Friday night. The "Closing" will start around and 7:00 pm and is located at:

    Capsule Gallery
    554 Santa Fe
    Denver, CO

    Try and stop by and say "HI" if you are in the area.


    Thursday, June 29, 2006

    Ride the Rockies

    Well I just returned from 6 days of bicycle riding here in the Rocky Mountains. It was a beautiful and enjoyable ride through the southern part of Colorado. Here is the route that we took this year:

    419 Miles‚ June 18 - 23, 2006
    Cortez - Registration

    U.S. 160 east from Cortez to Durango

    La Plata County Road 240 northeast from Durango to La Plata County Road 501
    La Plata County Road 501 south to Bayfield
    La Plata County Road 521 south to Colorado 151
    Colorado 151 east to U.S. 160
    U.S. 160 east to Pagosa Springs

    U.S. 160 east from Pagosa Springs to U.S. 84
    U.S. 84 southeast to New Mexico 17
    New Mexico 17 north to Chama

    Cumbres Pass - 10,022 feet
    La Manga Pass - 10,230 feet
    New Mexico 17 north from Chama to Colorado 17
    Colorado 17 northeast to U.S. 285
    U.S. 285 north through Antonito
    Conejos and Alamosa County Roads north and east to U.S. 285 (3 miles south of Alamosa)
    U.S. 285 north to Alamosa

    Poncha Pass - 9,020 feet
    Colorado 17 north from Alamosa to U.S. 285
    U.S. 285 north to Poncha Springs
    Chaffee County Road 120 east to Salida

    U.S. 50 east from Salida to Parkdale
    Fremont County Road 3 south to Fremont County Road 3A
    Fremont County Road 3A east and north over Royal Gorge Bridge to U.S. 50
    U.S. 50 east to Canyon City

    The hardest days for me were the first and last day. About three weeks earlier I had a crash while I was on a training ride and screwed up my knee. I decided that it would be best to rest and heal before the ride so I would be able to make the 419 mile trip. Although my knee hurt for most of this journey I had the most problems on the first and last day. I think this happened because of all of the climbing we had to do. Plus, since I did not do any training for three weeks before the ride, I wasn't in as great of shape as I could have been.

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    The picture above is of Scott Quinn and I making muscles at one of the many aid stations along the Ride the Rockies route.

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    The picture above is of my real good friend and favorite art director extrordinaire Nate Craner and I after we crossed the finish line. Don't we look relieved? On this day we were able to ride 24 miles in less than 50 minutes. A new record for me...... :)

    I haven't posted any of my drawings on the blog in quite a while due to my laziness and lack of motivation...... Here is a PICKLED pic to satisfy my need to show this stuff.

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    This was one of the centerfold images I did for my little sketchbook that I published a couple of months ago.



    Friday, May 26, 2006


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    I have created my second Munny for the "Munny Show" coming up in June at Capsule Gallery. I have always had a strange attraction to the imagery of clowns and they always seem to show up in my two dimensional work. For this Munny I decided to see if I could pull off one of my drawings of "Pickled Clowns" in three dimensions. Overall I am happy with how he turned out........ of course there are some things I would like to change but I am not sure if it would make him any better, or as they say in the beer advertising industry, "would the change really sell any more beer?"

    As I did with my first Munny, I again applied Super Sculpy to the vinyl, sculpted the clay and baked it in the oven. Although this time I ran into a problem....... I had sculpted the head while it was setting on an aluminum post. I then proceeded to place the head in the oven at 275 degrees while the head was still on the aluminum post. I didn't think about the vinyl getting soft and stretching....... well the head got soft and stretched over the post and broke apart some of the sculpting I did....... it was a mess and a pain to fix.

    I had more fun painting this than I usually do with my other sculpts. I really liked drawing the tattoos and trying to give the flesh that pasty "alive" look. I really didn't have any problems or set backs during the painting process except for when I was painting his hat. The gloss I used to cover and protect the hat would not dry. It remained "tacky" for a couple of days. (I think I just used a really old can of gloss.) I ended up coating it with an acrylic gloss and that seemed to do the trick.

    I originally planned on having him wear underwear. I thought that if I made them dirty it would give him an even more creepy factor. As the figure started to develop I found that if he was to wear underwear it would end up covering too much of his belly and belly button and his butt. I put too much time in sculpting those areas that I needed to come up with something a little more revealing. So I decided on the black jock strap..... I think that this solves the problem well and still has the creepy factor.

    I don't think that I will be making another "Clown" themed sculpt for awhile. I seem to have gotten it out of my system.

    Remember, if you happen to live in the Denver area, the Munny show runs from June 9th through July 14th at:

    Capsule Gallery
    554 Santa Fe
    Denver, CO

    Please come by and say "HI", it should be a really fun and interesting show.

    On another note, I have to apologize that it has been almost a month since I have updated this blog...... again, I have been so busy that I just have not had the time. Work has been very busy. Freelance has been even busier.... I have been working on a majority of new clients and not on the same old "Original" stuff. It has been fun but I have to get in a different creative frame of mind when working on these new projects. My training for "Ride the Rockies" has not been going as well as I would like. With being as busy as I have with work and freelance assignments, I also crashed my bike a couple of weeks ago and I went down hard on my knee and it is killing me. I went down so hard that I cracked my knee cap. That has really put a dent in my training. I am able to bend it now with a little pain so I should be able to get back to riding. This weekend I have two very long back to back rides. It will be interesting to see how well I do.

    Next on my plate for my vinyl customs is "Skumbo", Tristan Eaton's latest vinyl toy creation for Kidrobot..... this is for a top secret art show that will be coming up in the next couple of months. I am going to try and take photos in stages as I create this guy and post them here. Hopefully I can remember to do this while I am invololved in the creative process. I seem to get so involved that I forget to document.



    Friday, April 28, 2006


    Well, it has been over a month since I have posted.......... No excuse except for being really busy. I have been overwhelmed at work, training for "Ride the Rockies", being overwhelmed at work, getting ready for our wedding, being overwhelmed at work, doing illustrations for snowboards..... (did I say being overwhelmed at work?) You get the picture......

    I have been able to squeeze in some of my non-existent time to create a sculpt for the "MUNNY" art show that is being put on by Capsule Gallery and the only vinyl store here in Denver, Plastic Chapel.

    For those of you who do not know a Munny is a "do it yourself toy". You buy a blank vinyl toy and it is up to you to create anything you like. Many artists have created amazing works of art with these. I thought I would try and see what I could come up with..........

    First, I started with a sketch:

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    Then after a couple of weeks....... not a whole couple of weeks, just a few hours here and there over that time period. I basically used the sketch as my guide and started placing clay on the vinyl and started forming the bumps and lumps and giving him shape. I really was not sure what would happen to the vinyl when I applied the clay to it...... Would it stick? Would it eat through the vinyl? Was I going to be able to cook the clay with out melting the vinyl?.... Since I was not sure of these answers I decided to just go for it and start sculpting him and worry about the unknown once I got to those stages in the process.

    I was surprised that I did not have any problems putting the clay on the vinyl. I then finished sculpting, I baked the clay, sanded it till it was smooth, primed the surface and then airbrushed the final color. I really think that he turned out nice for my first try at this type of thing.

    Here are a few pics of the final piece.

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    If you happen to live in the Denver area, the Munny show runs from June 9th through July 14th at:

    Capsule Gallery
    554 Santa Fe
    Denver, CO

    Please come by and say "HI", it should be a really fun and interesting show.



    Friday, March 17, 2006


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    I have been very interested with the idea of thought that goes with the Daruma doll. The Daruma doll is a hollow and round Japanese wish doll that has no arms and legs. The most common color is red, but you can also find them in yellow, green, and white. The Daruma has a face with a moustache and beard, but its eyes are a solid white. Some dolls have written characters on the cheeks describing the kind of wish or desire the owner has in mind, such as protection of loved ones. The surname of the owner may be written on the chin.
    You can find Daruma dolls at Japanese Buddhist temples where they can be purchased. You usually own one daruma at a time.

    When making a wish you use black ink to fill in a single circular eye. If the wish comes true, the second eye is then filled in. Until the wish comes true, the daruma is displayed in a high place in the person's home.

    If the daruma doll was purchased within a temple, the owner can take it back to the temple to burn it. Dolls purchased at a temple are often marked for identification by the temple. Most temples will not burn dolls that do not bear the temple's identifying mark. Burning usually happens at the end of the year. The burning is a purification ritual to let kami know that the wisher did not give up on the wish, but is another path to make it come true.
    The daruma doll maintains balance and will remain centered. Even when it is tilted either side it will regain the balance. (Kind of like a Weeble that wobbles, but does not fall down) The implication of this is spiritual and symbolic.

    I have been very interested in creating a sculpture based on the Daruma. The images from my sketchbook above reflect what has been going on in my mind as I approach making this come to life in my Pickled style of sculpting.

    It has been a really long time since I have posted here (for those of wondering, I am o.k.)........ It is amazing that I am still having to catch up on work and all things that are social in my life right now since I got back from Japan over a month ago. From having to work on Coors Convention art to trying to figure out a date for our wedding. Needless to say, I have been very overwhelmed.

    I have been listing a lot of my collectible stuff on eBay lately. Now that I am engaged to be married, I really need to grow up and get rid of the toys and comic books that I have collected over the past 20+ years. (I think I might have a couple future college educations sitting in storage and my closet.) It is time for me to clean up, but I have not lost the urge and the desire to collect. I have set a rule for myself that I will not buy anything larger than 5 inches in size. And yes, I have already started obsessing over and collecting something that matches that criteria. I will speak about that more in a future post here on the blog, maybe even show some pics of all that I have accumulated so far.


    Monday, February 27, 2006

    More Engagement Photos

    Akiko's Aunt and Uncle that live in Kyoto sent us some more photos of the night I proposed. I was really glad that they sent these to us. It is really nice to have some sort of documentation of that special night. I think that these photos speak for themselves.


    On a change of subject..........

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    Here is the final version of the "square" that I was working on for the internal project at work. I also included a .jpeg of the original sketch so you can get an idea of how I translate a sketch into a sculpture.

    Monday, February 20, 2006

    I got Engaged!!!

    I would like to announce that while I was in Japan, I asked my girlfriend to marry me. (She said YES!) So, I am now officially engaged. I am glad that I have found that special someone that I can love, cherish and spend the rest of my life with.

    The picture above was taken a few minutes after I "popped" the question. My girlfriend was totally surprised and had no clue what was going on. In fact, I had already asked her Father for his blessing and permission, talked to my Parents and got their blessing and permission and secured the engagement ring a couple months before it was time to leave on our trip. I decided to ask my girlfriend on February 4th, since all of her family would be together for the dinner the night before her brother was to get married. Originally, I had planned to ask my girlfriend on the 11th of February, the last night I was going to be in Japan. Since we were going to be in Japan for her brother's wedding, I did not want to take away any of the attention and celebration surrounding that special event. I felt that the 11th would be far enough away and that it would not compete with that special day. I was very happy that even though I did ask her earlier than planned, there was no competition and it was nice that we were able to share and celebrate with the rest of the family a wedding and an engagement.

    Here I am on the train with a box of wonderful Hiroshima cakes. They were very tasty. There is one thing you will notice about Japan when you go there and visit, there is never a shortage of cute characters and bean cakes.

    Here I am in front of the CHAX COLONY store in downtown Osaka. For those of you who do not know, CHAX COLONY is a toy store where you can buy all things "GLOOMY BEAR". GLOOMY BEAR was created by the Japanese artist "Mori Chack". The design of the Gloomy Bear character is a combination of cuteness and violence. I have been very infatuated with the character since the very first time I saw him. When I found out that there was a store dedicated to Gloomy Bear in Osaka, I knew it was a place that I had to go and visit. Since we were staying in Kyoto it was only a half an hour train ride to Osaka. I was determined to try and find the store. After walking a couple of blocks we found it, it sure was a wonderful place to visit. I saw so many cool and interesting things. Mori Chack is a genius when it comes to his character design and the marketing of it. I spent way too much money in that store. Just look at the size of the bag I am holding........

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  • Did I mention that it was very cold in Japan? This is a picture of two very cold individuals......


    Wednesday, February 01, 2006

    Japan..... Here I come!!!

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    I just finished packing and I am off to my parent's house. I will stay there tonight. From there we will leave for our early flight tomorrow morning to San Francisco. We have a one hour layover in San Fran, then we fly for 10 hours to Tokyo. I am not looking forward to the long flight. Last time I went to Japan, I could not sleep on the plane at all..... I just sat there and read and watched very boring movies..... I could not even get inspired to draw. I guess I was nervous with anticipation. This time I plan on drawing.... not sure what, but I will draw something.

    I will say that I am very excited to see Japan again. There are some really cool things that will be happening on this trip. I get to go to a Japanese wedding, I will see my girlfriend's family again.... I could just go on and on.

    I am going to try and update the blog while I am in Japan. I am not sure how much computer access I will have. My girlfriend will have her laptop with us but I don't know when or if I will be able to use it....... If I don't update while I am in Japan, I will do a nice long post about the trip when I get back here to Colorado.

    I am also very excited that my Mother is going along on the trip. This is her first time out of the country so it will be interesting to see her reactions to the different culture. It will be good to have some Mother and Son time.

    The image up above is a sculpture I did about a year ago. This was right after I did my Kabuki horse sculpture. I really like the Japanese theme combined with some sort of animal. This obviously is a rhino, and he is a sumo wrestler in his "Dress" uniform. Not sure why I did this, but I think it turned out nice.

    Trip to Japan countdown: less than 24 hours