Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy halloween everyone!  I'll be spending Halloween night sitting in the airport waiting for my 1am flight to Indonesia!  Crazy!

Anyway, enjoy this quick digital paint and I'll see you in a few weeks!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cthulhu t-shirts

So I just read "At the Mountains of Madness" by H.P. Lovecraft, and decided to re-read some of his other work and got on a Cthulhu kick, and decided to print up some Cthulhu shirts.  So I basically abandoned everything else for a good couple of hours and banged out a new shirt design.

EDIT:  Come check out our "kickstarter" campaign that we're running ourselves over at: for fun videos as well as more swag!

"Cthulhu Fhtagn"

ANYWAY, so I decided to run a super quick pre-sale to see if anyone was interested in actually buying this, so I'm offering it at $16.00 + $3 s/h + tax (US orders only for now, if you're international, email me).  It's Alternative Apparel, so the sizes go from S-3XL (2XL and 3XL are $17, sorry, they charge me more for larger shirts).  The sizing chart is below.  One last thing - the exact color of green might not be 100% know, monitor color calibrations, matching silkscreen inks, etc. etc.

Just FYI, if enough people are into this design over the weekend and order, after I get back the price is going up to $20 + s/h + tax and all that, so get yours before the Monday deadline!

So all shirts ordered by Monday at noon (10/24) will be shipped out on Saturday, 10/29.  I'll be out of the country after that, so any orders made after Monday won't go out until November 16th or so, depending on my jetlag recovery.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New art, stickers

So I finally updated the painting section on to include the Alone in the Dark series (thus far) and added some flavor text.  Cool.

This was a painting I did while hanging out at Artspan.  Acrylic on canvas.  The original concept was that he was going to be some creature that sort of fades up into the sky, but I ended up really wanted to paint the background blue, then went with the complementary contrast color scheme and did orange.  So now, he's just a burning mummy sort of "fading up" into the sky, but only via flames, and less ethereal planeshifting.

Also, I have stickers!  They're 2.75" x 2.75".  You can pick them up (for free) at Big Umbrella Studios, or paypal me $1 (or more if you want) and I'll send you a few.    You can also send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Rick Kitagawa c/o Big Umbrella Studios, Attn: Create or Die,  906.5 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94115.  Cool.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Witch

Did this painting on the A-frame sign that we use for Big Umbrella in honor of the Witches of Wonder show that opened Friday night and runs through November 11th.  Eve has two great paintings in it, and there is a lot of other cool work too!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Defending the Homeland

Digital quick sketch. "Defending the homeland."

Morquat turned back to the last remaining defenders. 'I need more time!!" He quickly returned to focusing his energies on the task at hand - the last remaining bridge. Morquat could feel the heat of the plasma as it flew but a few feet overhead. As he closed his eyes to focus on channeling the forest energy, he heard the unearthy howl of the lumbering beast just yards away. He wondered if the plasma bolts were doing anything but enraging the invader further..

So Eve got a subscription to the Gnomon workshops, and after watching one where Scott Roberts uses markers and overlays them on top of each other to get weird compositions for landscapes, I sort of tweaked it using a mix of digital and traditional media to get a basic shape, then figured out a story (and of course, carved out a monster).  It's not a lot different from the process I outlined in my monster book for my monster sketches, so it was really natural for me to work this way.

I'm definitely looking forward to learning some new techniques to improve my art as a whole.  Cool.