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FINALLY! My “Circuit Death” t-shirts have finally arrived and they look awesome! I love how they came out and feel all the research and detailed planning have paid off! I’m a perfectionist so for me to feel these shirts are high quality means a lot! Here are the details of the shirt, taken from my Flickr, and you can buy them here: http://aw177.bigcartel.com
Well voting is opened to the public for the Designer Toy Awards held by Clutter Magazine. I am very happy to have been nominated, but it would be cool if you can vote for me if you feel I deserve the Artist of the Year category. You need to register before you can vote; please head here to vote for me! Thanks so much!
Clutter Magazine Designer Toy Awards – Artist of the Year, AW177 Vote!
Long time no post, but have some great news – just heard that my t-shirts are finally fully completed and being shipped to me as we speak! It’s been a long time in making them, from choosing the right shirts to the colors, tags, etc (think I may give a full report on my t-shirt adventure in another blog post). I believe I started this project in early March, so it’s almost 4 months that it took me to complete!
I’m not 100% sure if the colors of the shirt will match my image exactly, but hopefully it’ll be close.
For those that are interested in purchasing one, I am not sure about the price yet, but there will definitely be a limited amount; I only got 50 shirts done and some are already reserved. So if you are interested, give me a shout or a comment and let me know what size you’d like and I’ll do my best to get you one!
I hope you’ll like my shirt and please help support and cop one if you can! Pics coming soon!!!
It’s been a long time since I last updated my blog, been real busy w/ some things that I thought I’d share w/ you.
My baby daughter is getting bigger everyday, and honestly speaking, it’s been tough to juggle projects and taking care of her. I don’t let me wife handle everything by herself, I take a part in everything we do w/ her, bathe her, feed her, play w/ her, etc. I enjoy it very much, but it just takes away a lot of time from my work, which I hope will get better once she gets older. Hopefully!
I’ve also took time away from toy customs and art to learn new things; I’ve been self-teaching myself Illustrator more, to move away from Flash drawing to Illustrator. I love using Flash to draw, but Illustrator is much better and so far, I’ve learned a lot and can’t wait to try my new skills on new digital artwork! I’ve also taken on a branding project and still in the process of self-producing my own t-shirt. Which brings me to the next update…
I was invited by Kidrobot last year to submit some designs to be considered for the 2011 dunny series. I was flattered that they would consider my artwork and took to the task at hand – but only having one week to work on designs made me rush a little bit, and felt I could have made even better designs had I more time. Anyway, Kidrobot rejected all my designs and since I don’t think they’ll use them in the future, decided to post them up.
I just created a print in collaboration w/ the Poster Cause Project as part of their Japan Earthquake Relief print series. This is a great series of 6″x11″ prints where 75% of profits go to support Doctors Without Borders earthquake and disaster relief efforts for Japan. My print doesn’t have a title, and here it is:
I tried to do something new and apply a different style/twist to this design. I like how it came out. You can buy it here: AW177 Japan Earthquake Relief Poster
Please support, buy some great art and give to a great cause! Check out more prints here: Poster Cause Project – Japan Earthquake Relief Print Series
I’m also glad to report that my original Poster Cause Project poster, “Koi”, has been SOLD OUT! Thanks to all those that bought one! If you did buy one, comment on my blog, I’d love to know who you are! Thanks!!!
I’m still moving ahead w/ my “Circuit Death” limited edition tees…more news on that in the next update.
Oh and if you got some free time, go check out my interview w/ JapanCinema.net, where they have an ongoing series showcasing creative men & women who make a profound impact in the art & film community of Asian ethnicity! AW177 Interview w/ Japan Cinema
That’s it for now! Thanks all!
I have an online interview up with Japan Cinema, where they have an ongoing series showcasing creative men & women who make a profound impact in the art & film community of Asian ethnicity! Go have a read and learn more about me!
Read other awesome interviews! Japan Cinema Creative Spotlight Interviews
Props to Japan Cinema for allowing me to be a part of their great site!
It’s been a while since I last updated my blog – honestly, I’d love to do more stuff but my baby daughter has been a bit difficult to handle – I’m still struggling w/ time management, but hopefully with time, she’ll be easier to control! Anyway, I submitted a design to the Mugo discover series for their MP3 player + flash drive. They’ll choose designs from artists for their next production series and I hope mine will make it! I submitted a “Dragon Power” design (from my Elite Division Warriors concept) and you can view it on Mugo’s Facebook page here: Mugo AW177 Facebook “Dragon Power” If you like it, please comment and let them know! Thanks!
Also was thinking about making a run of limited edition tees, based on one of my favorite designs, the “Circuit Death” skull:
If produced, I’m going to try to go ‘all out’ on it, making sure it’s a great rugged product. I’m currently hunting for a screen printing company that does good work, have quality products and for a reasonable price, so if you know of any, please let me know! If you’d like one, please let me know and what size you want. Prices yet to be determined.
Last thing, watch out for my upcoming interview with Japan Cinema, where they have an ongoing series showcasing creative men & women who make a profound impact in the art & film community (http://japancinema.net/category/interviews/), of Asian ethnicity! Go have a read, some great interviews are up!!!
Thanks again for the support! Peace!
I know it’s been some time since I last updated; my baby daughter takes up a lot of my time for now, trying to get things sorted! Anyway, wanted to share some news – have any of you ever read Computer Arts or Computer Arts Projects? Well they are great magazines published in the UK on the computer arts scene and I consider them the cream of the computer arts magazines (not saying others are not good, but I’ve been reading Computer Arts/Projects for years). I’m happy to report that I’m in the Showcase section of the Japanese design issue, Computer Arts Projects issue #145! It was released in the UK back on December 30, but in the US, should be released at bookstores on January 30! So for those that seen it before, grab a copy and look me up! They showcased a few of my custom vinyl toys, from my “Koi” dunny to my “Elite Division Warriors” Mad*Ls! And on the CD-ROM, they’ve included some of my other art works; go check it out!
Oh and by the way, I don’t have an actual copy yet, so for those that do find one, especially in NYC, let me know where I can grab one! And let me know how the article turned out!!
Computer Arts Projects Japanese issue #145:
Sneak Peek Inside (check out #12, that’s mine)!
One more thing – have you done your part to get some great art and to help charity? If not, go cop my poster up at The Poster Cause Project!
ABOUT THE PRINT: “Koi”
– 12″ X 18″
– Limited to 25 Prints
– Printed on 100# Standard White Stock
Please support and go buy one!
“Koi” by AW177 at The Poster Cause Project
Lastly, look for my upcoming interview with Japan Cinema, where they have an ongoing series showcasing creative men & women who make a profound impact in the art & film community (http://japancinema.net/category/interviews/), of Asian ethnicity! Go have a read, some great interviews are up!!!
More later! Till then, thanks for the support!!!
Some very exciting news – my baby daughter, Kaylee, was born on Monday, December 27 at 10:08am weighing in at 5lbs 15.8oz! What a day that was – on December 26, there was a huge blizzard which struck NYC and my wife’s water broke that day! Funny enough, the drive to the hospital was ok though – the snow made less traffic and it wasn’t bad enough that I couldn’t drive. So perhaps that was a good thing! The next few days, it was really hard to get my car anywhere out in the snow, so if my daughter was born then, it really would have been nearly impossible, so I’m happy she decided to come out and see the snow! My wife and I call her our snow princess!!!
She’s kept us quite busy since we returned home from the hospital this past Wednesday. We are still learning the ropes of being new parents and it’s taken a lot of time away from my projects and work. I hope to find some time to get back in the groove, but for now, my AW177 work may have to take a backseat, just for a little while.
Anyway, thanks all for the support, wishing you all the best of love, luck and health for the new upcoming year, 2011!!! Happy New Year!