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I’m finally excited to announce I’ll be set up at the Punk Rock Flea Market at Club Absinthe on Sunday, August 30th from 11am-5pm. Mortimer is coming with me, so come hang out on the patio, have a caesar and enjoy some wicked tunes, great eats, and cool art and vendors all afternoon!

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Just wanted to share some of the new works I’ve been exhibiting around the Greater Toronto Area lately. Take a look at what I’ve been up to if you’d like…

Check out my “Fazooli Prints” page to get all the details and see what’s available!  Any feedback is greatly appreciated since I’ve only started doing this since May of 2014. There’s only room to grow from here on out!

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…buzzing around my studio for the past three months. I know I’ve been away from the blog for a while, but I’ve had to focus on getting back into creating my own artwork after a fifteen year hiatus and exercising my skills with pencil, watercolor, acrylics and inks. Writing about art is fun and all, but I was really missing the feeling of being creative. Every day my confidence grows and I feel great! I might just try to turn this into a living.

Here’s a few random samples of works still in progress… Let me know what you think – I’d love some feedback.

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For Tokyo-based illustrator Shohei Otomo (aka Hakuchi), the famous cliché is very à propos – the pen is indeed mightier than the sword. His body of work is primarily created using only fine ballpoint pen, working meticulously line-by-line. What was once a cost-effective practice is now a trademark style, often depicting what are known as “furyo”, or Japanese delinquents in both typical Manga and traditional style, and flavoured with somewhat vulgar, sexual and violent elements. I love that his work is bold and simple, which is what makes it so striking and dramatic.

Having originally studied oil painting at the university level, he’s cast aside all semblance of complication in his works. Using only black, white and red as his palette (much like the traditional makeup of the geisha), the subject matter he often plays with includes images derived from anime, punk, geisha, samurai culture and youth stereotypes. With these paradigms in mind, and a strong sense of dark humour, he uncovers the reality behind the commercial and subcultures of the urban world. Though his style seems so effortless, his work takes quite a bit of time and patience – as he painstakingly renders each drawing with fine detail and well-honed technique, physically juxtaposing the traditional Japanese intuitive way of creation and the Western logical perspective. In that sense, East truly meets West both in his imagery and execution.

And a little bit of trivia for you – Shohei is also the son of Katsuhiro Otomo, the globally famous Manga artist who was behind the creation of “Akira”.

Visit his website to check out more (hope you can read Japanese!).

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Curitiba, Brazil is the home of Butcher Billy, an uber talented graphic designer who employs his love of his musical influences with the cartoon superheroes of his childhood. Deeply steeped in nostalgia, he combines the two to create a whole new generation of iconic themes. The intertwining of dramatically revolutionary music that is driven by emotion, and the superhuman qualities of comic book superheroes, amounts to a different level of perfection. It gives the characters a deeper level of human pathos – flawed and corruptible, they take on a whole new form of sincerity and become more human.

The Superhero Media Crossover Project can be viewed here.

Check out his page on Society6 to purchase prints and other fun items.

He’s also on Behance – check out his page there too!

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